Category Archives: Management and Consultancy

Equity Sales Intern – Redburn

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

During my internship I shadowed a member of the equity sales team and supported them with their tasks. My tasks included: preparing materials for clients (including reports and presentations), making note of market news stories on a timely basis, researching companies and building a relationship with the research team, and, creating a network with employees and other interns. Over the internship I also carried out a research project.

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

My biggest achievement was adding value directly to clients – this was most evident when a piece of research that I had written about dividend stocks, was included in an email to a client.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I was able to reduce the workload of colleagues (e.g. by manipulating data on excel, to free up their time). I was also able to improve the offering to clients, by producing a sector specific information pack for income investors.

What skills were you able to develop through the internship?

Communication, IT, networking

What attributes were you able to develop through the internship?

Commercial awareness, perseverance, creative thinking

Insight, Intelligence and Communications Intern – Southampton City Council

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

I conducted a preparatory briefing on the Brexit White Paper which is circulated to senior staff and councillors of Southampton and completed a task concerning the mapping of public sector and third sector services that tackle serious violence in Southampton in order to inform the council’s decision to bid for Serious Violence Strategy funding. I created a local needs assessment that included current statistics regarding violent, knife, and hate crime, domestic abuse, reoffending rates, comparing the data nationally with statistical neighbours and per individual wards. Additionally, the needs assessment included data on looked after children, deprivation areas and school absences to coincide with the strategy’s youth prevention priority. I reviewed an annual report that records the progress of the actions that respond to the Youth Justice Strategy. From this report I deduced whether the action will remain for the forthcoming year or whether full progress had been made and thus a new action would take its place.

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

I realised my potential within the policy team and have definitely decided this is the career for me. Specifically, I actually aided the team with their work, especially with the creation of the local needs assessment and thus my internship was beneficial for everyone!

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I efficiently completed each task quicker than expected thus, freed up the teams work to do other tasks.

What skills were you able to develop through the internship?

Problem solving, strategic planning, focus of goals and outcomes

What attributes were you able to develop through the internship?

Confidence, cultural awareness, logical thinking

Intern Energy Consultant – JRP Solutions

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

The main roles where contacting clients, creating business plans for potential company ventures, creating clear pitches for the company to take to clients, creating educational material and designing sheets within excel to create reports for senior management at the company’s client businesses. The biggest of these were the educational material and the reports for senior managers. The educational material was in the form of a booklet which would teach managers and other employees about energy management and energy usage. The report designed within excel was an executive summary of energy saving solutions identified and the savings associated with them.

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

I became more confident in communication with senior management teams and became highly proficient in excel.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I helped to lighten the workload of significant projects within the company and lead my own projects which would otherwise have been left at the bottom of priorities and possible never completed.

What skills were you able to develop through the internship?

Teamwork and collaboration, problem solving, negotiation

What attributes were you able to develop through the internship?

Perseverance, creative thinking, work ethic

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.

Commercial Management Intern – M&G Investments

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

While at M&G I liaised with TPA’s, compiling information for the internal funds review. This included contributions to conference calls. I was in charge of making sure that fund managers signed off trades on a daily basis, compiling their comments and writing summaries of these comments for board meetings. I also compiled a summary on order inflation for a board meeting as well as tracking internal errors until their closure. I attended high level meetings and had frequent contact with all business areas. A number of staff gave me an overview of different areas of the company and explained in great detail their day to day jobs and business areas.

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

I learnt a lot about finance which is never something I have studied. I acquitted myself well in all situations, meetings, networking etc. even though i had never worked in an office environment.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

i frequently took on jobs from two teams that allowed me to lighten the workload for numerous employees. I could do the work autonomously which meant that I was not a burden to the team once things had been explained.

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

I was overly critical of myself but this got easier with time and experience. I had to improve my attention to detail.  I did this by checking everything a number of times and being overly thorough before handing in completed work.

Transition Project Manager – NHS Devon

NHS Internship, SCP, SBP, A2I , GBP

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

As a Transition Project Manager I assisted in the organisation of the transition and closedown of the old Primary Care Trusts, which were replaced by new Clinical Commissioning Groups and other organisations.. The objectives were to close down the PCTs and transfer all staff, equipment, and IT systems to the new CCGs. A lot of communication, organisation and project management skills were needed to manage the 21 different work streams and teams involved.

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

My role as a Transition Project Manager has allowed me to significantly develop my skills in communication, organisation and Microsoft Office. I now have experience in administration and project management as well as an insight into what it is like to work in healthcare in the public sector. In addition, I undertook a training course from which I obtained the Association of Project Management’s Introductory Certificate in Project Management. This internship has been vital in helping me to secure my new, permanent role as an Incidents Administrator for South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

Due to the reorganisation of commissioning in the NHS, which led to the closedown of Primary Care Trusts with their assets and liabilities needing to be transferred to new organisations, I was needed to facilitate the transition.

Organisation Development Consultant – South West Water

South West Water Internship, UoE Internship, University of exeter Internship, SCP, SBP, GBP, A2I

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

Working within the Organisation Development team at South West Water, I was responsible for assisting in the delivery of business change projects across the company. This involved the development and implementation of new business processes, IT systems, organisation structures and performance management techniques.

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

This internship has been an invaluable experience, significantly boosting my employability, and has been vital in focusing my career aspirations. I have gained experience working on a number of different business change projects, learning key project management skills and building my confidence in the workplace.

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

Working for South West Water presented me with a steep learning curve, the role has been extremely challenging but equally rewarding, and I have received an excellent level of support from my colleagues every step of the way.  I was encouraged to use my own initiative and creativity, and have been given more responsibility as recognition for my hard work. No two days have been the same as I have gained experience working with a number of different departments across the business, supporting them as they undergo large scale changes. I have gained significant knowledge and experience of project and programme management, and recently obtained a PRINCE 2 qualification, something which is widely recognised in the UK and internationally.

“Rebecca has grasped every opportunity, often going above and beyond what’s expected of her and always produces excellent results – regularly exceeding expectations.  The professional, well thought out options and proposals that Rebecca has developed in response to both Business and Project challenges have her creative stamp on them and have been well received and utilised across a number of departments. At the start of the internship, Rebecca was given a number of minor projects to work on but soon demonstrated her ability to add real value to major, high profile projects, allowing her to gaining invaluable and transferable experience whilst developing her excellent reputation within the Business.  I have no doubt that Rebecca will be an asset to any team” – Line Manager

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Student Entrepreneurs in Residence – Peninsular Innovations Ltd

SCP, SBP, GBP, A2I

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

My role was to encourage and support entrepreneurial activity at the University of Exeter, working closely with a range of University departments and partners. It also included coordinating a range of surgery sessions, workshops and presentations.

My duties included:
•  To champion student enterprise at the University of Exeter
•  Holding drop in surgery sessions with aspiring entrepreneurs
•  To provide advice, support and signposting to other support bodies
•  To work closely with the Innovation Centre, Students’ Guild and bodies such as Exeter Entrepreneurs Society
•  I coordinated events, speakers and workshops to highlight the importance of enterprise skills in entrepreneurial or larger organisations
•  I liaised with SETsquared partners to promote and support student enterprise events with other Universities

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

I was instrumental in organising Exeter’s first Startup Weekend: an event to give participants from the community the experience of starting a business.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

Great networking, interesting working experiences and mentoring over 150 student businesses over 2 years.