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Engineering Intern – MB Aerospace

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

I was tasked with improving the current grinding process cycle time for the turbine aerofoils. I also undertook a side project during my time which was to automize the turbine cleaning process. From these I developed new skills and built valuable industrial experience I wouldn’t have been able to develop from a university.

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

I managed to reduce the cycle time by a significant amount which over exceeded the level expected by an intern. This boosted my confidence massively and I feel capable to go into other companies and repeat the same success.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

In order to reduce the cycle time, I had to perform a detailed analysis of exactly how and where waste occurs in the process. I then acted on this allowing them to produce more parts per year and therefore make more money. More importantly, though I left them with areas where they could continue to make improvements and further reduce the time with using few resources.

What skills were you able to develop through the internship?

Strategic planning, focus on goals and outcomes, assessing and managing risk

What attributes were you able to develop through the internship?

Commercial awareness, creative thinking, independence

Data Analyst – Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Exeter

SCP, SBP, GBP, A2I

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

These included analysing data from their recent wellbeing survey, specifically exploring gender and age differences and summarising my findings in a report.  I also provided recommendations on how to improve the survey. Once this was finished, I helped with research into local estate agents (specifically whether they were adhering to new laws) and trends in Universal Credit claims.

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

Being able to work independently and successfully manage my time.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I helped with research (on estate agents) and provided a comprehensive report of their survey findings.

 

Renewable Technology Designer – Eco NRG

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

The internship was at a small company that provides quotes and installations for various renewable energy technologies across the south west. Because the team I was working alongside was so small, I had a varied range of roles. I sized up heat demands for new builds and selected the pumps that would be installed for many projects. I relayed the potential energy generation and panel layout for solar PV projects. During the internship it quickly became apparent that my IT skills were far beyond that of anyone who worked for the company, so I was put to work updating the website, which hadn’t been touched in years.

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

I gained some real world work experience in the renewables sector – something that I never managed to engage in during or between years of my degree!

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

Adding a layer of IT fluency no-one else had, taking over the website, social media management, and some aspects of administration, allowing others to focus on more technical aspects of the company. Most notably, I discovered techniques and simple software that drastically reduced the time needed to convert architect blueprints into usable measurements for heat loss calculations.

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

During the second half of the internship business really slowed down – which is really to say that the first six weeks were unusually busy, and during that period I had very little downtime. When the technical side of my job got more quiet it was then I turned my attention to the IT side of things, but even then this did not completely solve the boredom that came up from a lack of work to do.

Eco-toxicology Development Programme – AstraZeneca

UoE Internships, University of Exeter Internships, SCP, SBP, GBP, A2I

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

My main role was to create and develop a Microsoft Excel database of historical control data to assist in the interpretation of eco-toxicology studies undertaken as part of the environmental risk assessment of new pharmaceutical products. I compiled hundreds of individual datasets from studies investigating the effects of pharmaceuticals and other chemicals on aquatic flora, fauna, fish and algae. The aim was to identify anomalies, assess overall variability and so determine warning and action limits for the variability within an individual experiment.

“Having Chris work on the project enabled the data to be collected to be collated in an effective way over a short period of time. We lacked the time and available resources to life the project off the ground and Chris has given complete commitment and focus to the research, as well as a keen eye for detail; which is exactly what we wanted” – Statistician, AstraZeneca

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Support Field Assistant – University of Exeter

Archaeology Internship, University of Exeter Internship, UoE Internship, SCP, SBP, GBP, A2I

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

During my internship I worked in an archaeological field school in Roman Devon. This was a collaborative venture between the departments of Archaeology, Classics and Ancient History who jointly funded the venture to enable and enhance the experience of students involved in the planned excavation and post-excavation of a newly identified Roman site. The internship helped to support the creation of a digital archive to be used in undergraduate teaching and public outreach.

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

The internship helps me to hone my archaeological field skills due to the fact that I had to teach these techniques to first and second year students. My biggest achievement was using the internship to network which led to my being employed by a professional archaeologist I met on site.

” William was a very hardworking individual to have on site and proved useful” – Line Manager

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Countryside Policy Intern – South West Lakes Trust

Universtiy of Exeter Internships, UoE Internships, SCP, SBP, GBP, A2I

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

I devised a successful management plan to collate agri-environmental scheme land features of the Trust’s reserves. This included surveying sites throughout Cornwall and Devon to identify potential future applicable land and ensure adherence to Natural England cross compliances.

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

I gained insight knowledge into how government environmental schemes run financially, and I also learnt the eligible and ineligible features that dictate potential income for land owners.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I was able to devise a workable and functioning system to collate the organisations reserve features – 5 sites I completed myself which has reduced a large workload and made future land development and information details faster to acquire.