Category Archives: Graduate Business Partnership (GBP)

Student Case Study: Exeter Chiefs

Name of Student:  Daniel Johnstone

Degree Subject:  Exercise and sport sciences with professional placement year

Job Title: Strength and Conditioning Intern

Company Name:  Exeter Chiefs

Type of Internship:  Graduate Business Partnership (GBP)

What were your key duties and responsibilities during your internship?

Supplementation management
GPS monitoring
Gym and exercise assistance
Setting up equipment for rugby training and beach sessions

What was your biggest achievement on your internship?

Working in an Elite sport team, preparing them for in season!

Were there any challenges and how did you overcome these?

Yes there was, but taking time to relax and think before rushing into anything. Think logically and using initiative is what I’ve learnt.

Skills Learnt: 

  • Persuasion
  • Enterprise
  • Focus on Goals and Outcomes

Attributes Developed:

  • Commercial Awareness
  • Confidence
  • Motivation

Your message to other students considering a similar job role, organisation or sector?

An incredible experience at Exeter Chiefs, exploring the world of elite rugby and the processes which help build and construct the spirit behind the mighty Exe men, both physically and mentally. A world of great preseason trips to the marine base of Lympstone where the lads and myself were pushed to our limits. Some trips which enhance team bonding were incredible to be apart of and goes to show why these are so important in elite rugby and other team sports. I have learnt many different approaches to gym work and loading related processes which help sport clubs tick to enhance recovery but also aid the brute force needed in prime condition for match fit purposes. Also it was great expanding my network and building great relationships the staff, and some world class athletes. I was offered an extension and will be remaining in the internship until end of season, then returning to university as 3rd year undergrad.

Employer Case Study: University of Exeter

Name of Organisation: University of Exeter

Name of Employer: Lucie

Job Title: Head of Communications and Marketing

Internship Scheme used: Graduate Business Partnership (GBP) , 


“Our intern managed our Humanities social media accounts and did a great job of improving the quality frequency and reach of our content. Creating a ‘Global Toolkit’ resource for use during international trips

Would definitely recommend the internship scheme through the university. I’ve used in several times now and have ended up with some brilliant candidates who hit the ground running and were able to bring a fresh perspective to tasks and projects.”

Employer Case Study: University of Exeter, College Operations

Name of Organisation: University of Exeter, College Operations

Name of Employer: Sarah Miller

Job Title: Project Resource coordinator, Response Team

Internship Scheme used: Graduate Business Partnership (GBP) , 


“Initially our intern was going to assigned basic administration duties (such as contacting students to chase for information and forms, internet research on entry requirements etc. However, it became apparent that the student could be trusted with a greater level of responsibility and was assigned his own Field Trips to organise. This involves liaising with the academics on trip requirements and keeping them updated on progress, consulting with providers, collating student data, using University procurement procedures and finance systems to secure travel arrangements, liaising with DCO’s for large purchases, arranging insurance, preparing data packs and circulating to key stakeholders. Trip support whilst the groups are out in the field.

He has been brilliant and we couldn’t have asked for better. He has made a huge difference to what the team has been able to achieve and our stress levels. He is also highly regarded by the academics and Sam Hughes, who he has been working on a couple of trips for, has said how brilliant he has been to work with.

Our intern is going to be very much missed not just by those of use working on field trips but also the wider SEAS team and all those he has been interacting with. I have said this many times – he has exceeded our expectations and been critical to the trips he has been working on going ahead.”


Employer Case Study: RAMM

Name of Organisation: Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Description of Organisation: RAMM will enhance people’s quality of life. It’s a place of discovery which encourages everyone to be curious. RAMM uses its local and global collections to connect people to the world and inspires them to shape a better future.

Name of Employer: Nicki McCaskie

Job Title: Marketing and Communications Officer

Internship Scheme used: Graduate Business Partnership (GBP) , 


“Our intern ran a campaign for us, Treasures of the Museum, which was highly successful at getting families into RAMM and engaging with our collections through a museum trail. Treasures of the Museum was part of a wider summer campaign which resulted in RAMM achieving over 140% of predicted visits for the summer period. Our social media audiences & engagement stats have also increased over all platforms during our interns time with us, including over 1000 more Twitter followers. Our Instagram channel has greatly improved with high quality posts and regular Instagram stories.

Thanks to an award application written by our incredible intern, RAMM is a finalist in this year’s Devon Tourism Awards for the Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award category. Internally, our Audience Development meetings are now more organised and better-recorded thanks to our intern’s planning skills and note-taking.

Our intern has been excellent; she settled into our team straight away, and has become a valued member over the past 15 months. She responded well to challenges presented by the pandemic, working flexibly and solving problems as they arose. We were extremely impressed by her creativity, her communication skills, her dedication to the role and her passion for the museum.”

Employer Case Study: University of Exeter

Name of Organisation: University of Exeter

Name of Employer: Steven Spaull

Job Title: Technical Services Business Partner

Internship Scheme used: Graduate Business Partnership (GBP) , 


“The role consisted of helping with general laboratory support, preparation of bioscience lab reagents and media, sample handling and storage and lab cleanliness. Our intern only lasted six months before securing a research technician role in one of our research groups. She very quickly developed her skills and confidence and I wasn’t surprised when she told me she was moving on to a different role.

For me, the internship provides an opportunity to develop a young person who is often lacking in confidence. For my team, we had the opportunity to develop our training skills, move staff into new areas and improve the way we interview and select candidates. Having an intern galvanised my other staff into exploring development opportunities themselves, which avoids having a stagnated team. Overall a great asset to the team and would highly recommend.”

Employer Case Study – Quality and Standards Team

Name of Organisation: University of Exeter, Quality and Standards Team

Name of Employer: Simeon Paskell

Job Title: Senior Quality and Standards Advisor (CEMPS/CMH)

Internship Scheme used: Graduate Business Partnership (GBP) 


“Our intern made a huge contribution to the team, helping to not only maintain business as usual, but enable the team to complete additional tasks (such as a module amendment audit) and complete work well in advance of the academic year (such as helping to set up all Accelerate survey’s for 20/21).We were impressed at how quickly he gained confidence in the use of a wide number of systems and also in how the Quality and Standards team work.

I would say my experience of managing/working with an intern has been hugely positive. They were conscientious, professional, enthusiastic, capable and a considerate individual who fulfilled the duties of  their role extremely well. I would have no hesitation in recommending  my intern for other roles within the University. “

Employer Case Study: Devon County Council

Name of Organisation: Devon County Council – North Devon AONB team

Name of Employer: Jenny Carey-Wood

Job Title: AONB Manager

Internship Scheme used: Graduate Business Partnership (GBP) , 


“Our intern delivered such a varied range of tasks in just five months, working with a large number of colleagues and partner organisations to deliver concrete results in terms of 2 reports, 4 videos and all our social media.

It was a very positive experience and I am looking forward to recruiting another intern in the Autumn. We were impressed by the flexibility, hard work and skill set of the intern, her willingness to take on everything we offered her, juggling deadlines, excellent communication and joint working skills. The internship offered an opportunity to focus on and deliver key tasks that made a real difference to our work. Seeing our service through the eyes of a young person in their twenties has been hugely helpful.”

Employer Case Study: University of Exeter – MCRG

Name of Organisation: University of Exeter – MCRG

Name of Employer: Louise Vennells

Job Title: Senior Press and Media Manager

Internship Scheme used: Graduate Business Partnership (GBP) , 


“Our intern was instrumental to ensuring that our on-campus graduation celebration ran smoothly, in a covid era. She oversaw the complicated process of getting GDPR permission from graduating students, and managed our social media content, which saw particularly high levels of engagement. She has overseen a number of stories that have achieved media coverage, and increased our both the volume and quality of our output across our social media channels. Our intern has been a highly valued member of the team.

She launched and managed a new-look staff newsletter, using a new programme that allows for a more flexible format. She managed the transition ably and professionally, showing both creativity and attention to detail.

Our intern is highly capable and organised, and has been a pleasure to work with. She has progressed well in areas including media understanding and news writing, and has become a productive and creative member of the team.”

Employer Case Study: University of Exeter Library

Name of Organisation: University of Exeter, University Library

Name of Employer: Philip Barraclough

Job Title: Library Digital Content Administrator

Internship Scheme used: Graduate Business Partnership (GBP) , 


“Having a Graduate Business Partner as part of our team meant that we were able to capitalise on their youth and enthusiasm. They brought a fresh perspective to our work, as well as the insights into student life and behaviour that come with having so recently been a student themselves. Their enthusiasm for all areas of Library work enabled them to complete routine tasks which allowed more senior staff to concentrate on designing and developing services and resources. But at the same time, our Graduate Business Partner was involved in these same discussions and contributed interesting insights and perspectives. Much of the Library’s social media activity this year has only been made possible the excellent and enthusiastic work of our Graduate Business Partner. Similarly, we have only been able to expand our accessibility guidance and provision by recruiting a Graduate Business Partner who was already familiar with this area and willing to collaborate with other Library staff to develop this. Whilst we may not be able to further expand this guidance and activity once our Graduate Business Partner leaves us, nevertheless without them we wouldn’t even have been able to make a start.

Apart from confidently independently managing their own day-to-day tasks to free up the workload of managers to concentrate on managing things, the e-book guidance webpage and library accessibility webpage on our library website only exist thanks to the hard work and contribution of our Graduate Business Partner. Similarly the increased social media content the library is posting each week is also a major achievement of our Graduate Business Partner. Finally, our Graduate Business Partner authored a blog post that was hosted on the Study Zone blog, something we have struggled to achieve in the past. They have lots of rather visible achievements to show for their time with us!

Overall, I would say the experience of having a Graduate Business Partner has been excellent and I would have regretted not recruiting one in hindsight. The only downside is that we were not able to make their contract permanent! Otherwise, I would have loved to have kept them on as a permanent Library staff member. The experience has been so positive that I certainly consider recruiting other Graduate Business Partners in the future with a view to hopefully retaining them as a permanent Library staff member.”

Employer Case Study: University of Exeter, Professional Services; Exams

Name of Organisation: University of Exeter, Professional Services; Exams

Name of Employer: Sarah Miller

Job Title: Response Team Coordinator

Internship Scheme used: Graduate Business Partnership (GBP) , 


“Our intern made an impression straight away on joining his placement team in Exams. He showed great flexibility and adaptability to respond to the fast paced environment. He quickly learnt the systems and quickly became a person who was useful to the team in training other new starters. He has demonstrated many professional qualities and was able to secure a permanent job with the Exams department after a few months with them.

I would highly recommend the GBP scheme, our intern was an excellent worker who demonstrated many positive qualities we would want in employees. Very can do attitude and keen to learn everyday. Took on every task with relish and enthusiasm. All in all a very pleasant employee to manage.”