Category Archives: Student Business Partnership (SBP)

Make It Marketing – Marketing and Events Assistant

What were your main roles and responsibilities during the course of your internship?

I was involved with event planning and organising, for example I was given the task to find sponsors for the fashion show we were organising. I also assisted at some event on site, ensuring that the guests are having a great time and that the event runs smoothly. For example, my task was to make sure models are wearing the right outfit and that all guests received their gifts. I was also involved with social media, designing and copywriting social media posts were also among my daily tasks.

What would you say was your biggest achievement over the course of your internship?

I assisted to many successful event and I took a big part in keeping our guests satisfied at the events we organised.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I believe I helped Make It Marketing with my design skills when I was working on social media posts. Besides, I also tried my best to keep our guests satisfied, which clearly has a direct positive effect on the company.

Web Wise Media – Front End Web Developer

What were your main roles and responsibilities during the course of your internship?

My main responsibilities included developing and maintaining web sites for our customers – mainly using WordPress and Shopify. Also, I was responsible for responding to customers’ queries and to provide solutions to them where needed.

What would you say was your biggest achievement over the course of your internship?

I always wanted to improve my web design/development skills and this internship was a perfect way to just do that. Not only that, but I learned how to code efficiently and in a timely manner – without getting caught up in minor details. Since we had a lot of customers and a lot of small tasks, I couldn’t afford to spend hours on just one task as I would for my coursework. It really helped me a lot to learn and experience the practical side of web development.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

During the first months of my internship, I helped my lightening the workload of everyone in the team. As the time passed, I got involved in more and more projects and soon became one of the ‘longest standing’ people on my team who had a flexible approach and who could complete tasks with minimal supervision.

3CUBED Search – Executive Search Consultant

What were your main roles and responsibilities during the course of your internship?

  • Headhunting
  • Interviewing and pairing the right people, personalities and skills sets to fantastic job opportunities across the globe
  • Screening candidates and drawing up shortlists of candidates for clients to interview
  • Organising interviews both phone and face to face
  • Helping applicants to prepare for interviews
  • Building relationships and rapport with clients and candidates.
  • Negotiating offers and contracts

What would you say was your biggest achievement over the course of your internship?

I have had to teach myself a lot of about backend development, full stack development and the programming languages associated with Senior Engineers. Having not come from a technical/comp sci background I would have never learnt this in a classroom. In addition, I have learnt how to evaluate the skill level and quality of experience of a person through just an initial phone conversation.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

My internship lighted the workload of the rest of my colleagues and I brought in a new pool of very talented Senior Engineers & Backend Developers in the UK and US. I also have a few candidates in their final stages of receiving offers which would increase my company’s profit.

Devon Development Education (Exeter) – Global Learning Resources

What were your main roles and responsibilities during the course of your internship?

My main responsibility was to promote the Spanish teaching resource “Hola Peru” at different schools across Devon. I met with teachers on a weekly basis to provide and explain to them how to use this resource. After covering the Devon county, I publicised our resource on other platforms and started to send it to different teachers across the whole country. I held Skype/FaceTime sessions with these teachers.

Apart from promoting Hola Peru, I have also helped the organisation with a wide array of activities. These include: managing Fair Trade events; giving presentations; setting a database of the schools which teach Spanish in Devon; and helping colleagues with their programmes among other duties.

What would you say was your biggest achievement over the course of your internship?

It helped me overcome my fear of public speaking in English and gave me the confidence to work in a British workplace.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

Thanks to my work, they achieved to give 20 copies of Hola Peru and benefitted from my help to running of their activities more smooth.

Content Writer – Click Hub

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What were your main duties and responsibilities during the course of your internship?

Over the years I learned a great deal, not just about digital marketing but about a whole range of industries as I was relied upon to write regular content and website copy for miscellaneous clients. From web designers to interior designers, builders, dentists, and accountants – you name the industry, I probably wrote a blog about it. I had the opportunity to learn more about digital marketing. I became more interested in the workings behind SEO (Search Engine Optimisation), and watching our clients progress up the Google rankings, and I took my Adwords exam to become Google certified.

What would you say was your biggest achievement over the course of your internship?

Half way through my final year of study, the Company Director offered me a full-time position commencing after graduation. For me, not only was my internship a fantastic opportunity to apply my academic abilities in a professional environment, build my confidence and develop my employability skills, but without the internship I probably wouldn’t have ended up working for the company after I graduated too.

 

Did you encounter any problems during the course of your internship and if so, how did you overcome them?

It was a role that taught me to be flexible as well as hugely self-motivated since much of the work was carried out at home.  When I began my full-time position as Marketing Executive I was thrown in at the deep and expected to stay afloat because an SME won’t have the same resources as a larger firm when it comes to training. This has the potential to feel overwhelming but it also allows you to develop in other ways. What’s more, you’re in a company you know has invested in you because, over the course of your internship, they got to know you and saw value in you.

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Resource Management Intern – Low and Behold

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What were your main duties and responsibilities during the course of your internship?

I worked on three big projects during two weeks. I was given real responsibilities. For the first project, I managed project planning, created budget sheets, drafted proposal outlines, carried out competitor analysis and assessed risks. For the second project about report writing, I did cost-benefit analysis and literature review. For the third project, I undertook information searching to see whether current legislation and regulation are revised according to our recommendation in 2010.

What would you say was your biggest achievement over the course of your internship?

I am not afraid of working in an office environment any more. I can still concentrate on my work even if I am in a big office with many people. I am not afraid of expressing my ideas any more. If there is any problem with my thoughts, others can always remind me and this allows me to develop.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I delivered my work on time and helped lighten my manager’s workload. I filled out sheets and proposals with more details and also double checked the work that had been already done. I communicated my ideas to my manager and many of these were adopted.

Did you encounter any problems during the course of your internship and if so, how did you overcome them?

I was not familiar with the background information relating to environment, but my manager  introduced many topics to me with simple language. I also used my common sense to understand or searched for more information by myself. I never rushed into finishing the task. Once I had a general understanding, the work became easier.

Digital Content Intern – Remote Dashboard

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What were your main duties and responsibilities during the course of your internship?

My main role was to create digital content for Remote Dashboard to post on their social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. I researched topics that would be of interest to their clients, investors and business partners, and then wrote an article about it. There would be 2-3 articles published every week. Topics included the oil and gas industry, renewable energy, Internet of Things and battery/power solutions. If during my research I found a relevant article, I would send it over to the Digital Media Intern to share on social media channels.

What would you say was your biggest achievement over the course of your internship?

I became more confident in my capabilities as an intern who is a part of the company. My line manager and the CEO both encouraged me to weigh in my opinions and speak for the company as I was a part of it.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I brought more traffic to their website, and spiked more interest in their content that was now created on the regular, while before this it was once every month or so.

What is a Student Business Partnership?

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Each year the University of Exeter assists the recruitment of ambitious students into off-campus employment. SBPs provide you with valuable paid work experience, that uses your under/graduate level skills, knowledge and experience.

The internships are available throughout the year. They are part-time during term-time and up to full-time hours during the Easter, Summer and Christmas vacation periods.

There is a wide range of employers, from large organisations such as Councils, the NHS and utility companies, to small and medium sized companies.

The types of internship vary, but usually cover a wide selection of roles, such as Marketing, IT, Web Development, PR, Technical or Environmental Issues, Engineering, Market Research, Business Planning, Accounts.

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