What were your main duties and responsibilities during the course of your internship?
During the course of the internship I planned for the launch of a new official Twitter account for the force and researched how this could be best utilised. I also wrote a number of articles to be featured on the website and wrote a variety of reports about individual tasks/topics which I was given by the team. I attended a 1 day induction course, where I joined new employees to learn about the organisation itself: the day ranged from Health and Safety to Firearms to the force’s operations across the UK & world. I was also involved in an afternoon of role play with the new recruits, which acted as a fantastic eye opener into how new officers are trained to deal with members of the public when on patrol. The internship helped hone my skills in areas such as communication, teamwork and delivering projects within a set time frame.
What would you say was your biggest achievement over the course of your internship?
Communication. I was placed into a new environment and was required to communicate with a variety of different individuals, ranging from office staff, to police trainers, to the Chief Constable. A huge learning curve, but one which has benefited me incredibly.
What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?
Over the course of the timeI was able to complete a number of tasks which had been in the pipeline for some time. The most important of these was the planning for the Twitter account.
Did you encounter any problems during the course of your internship and if so, how did you overcome them?
Gaining security clearance was the greatest difficulty I had before I even started my internship. But after weeks of communication between myself and my mentor at CNC we were successfully able to complete everything and have myself cleared for work on site.