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Events & Marketing Executive – Make it Marketing

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

Supported the marketing manager in devising and presenting ideas and strategies, promotional activities, compiling and distributing financial and statistical information, writing reports, organising events, monitoring performance and managing campaigns on social media.

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

Learning about how to use my University degree in the real world.

“I had not had anyone else work for me who performed work so efficiently and to such a high standard. Her organisational skills are second to none and I could always count on her to take good initiative to keep client projects progressing” – Line Manager.

 

Employment Services Support Assistant – Employability Services, University of Exeter

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

The main purpose of my role was to ensure the delivery of professional and helpful administrative support within the Employment Services Team, in particular for the Graduate Recruitment Team. I played a key role in supporting the arrangements for the careers fairs and a wide range of employer events, in particular showcase/drop-in events, recruiter in residence and mock interviews. I assisted the team in developing relationships with local, regional and national employers, institutions, Alumni, internal Colleges and Services for the benefit of the University and its students and graduates.

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

Throughout the course of my internship, the team was faced with a number of issues and obstacles out of our control that potentially threatened the organisation of successful events, such as double-bookings and extreme weather conditions. One of my biggest achievements was dealing with unexpected problems calmly and smoothly, always making the employer a priority and quickly creating contingency plans. My confidence has significantly increased as a result of this and I now feel more equipped and capable of dealing with the unexpected.  My internship offered a fantastic opportunity to put my skills into practice and gain invaluable office experience.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I played a key role in the organisation and delivery of four major careers fairs and a large number of smaller employer events, such as presentations and showcases. I coordinated the arrangements of several events from start to finish, taking the original booking, making the necessary arrangements and hosting the event on the day. I feel that my work helped to ease the workload of my colleagues in what was an extremely busy autumn term and was crucial to the smooth running of employer events.

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

The main problems that I encountered during the course of my internships were relating to procedural/system changes, such as alterations to evening event bookings and changes to the newsletter format. I worked closely with colleagues to ensure that transitions were smooth and asked further questions where necessary. I created a comprehensive document detailing the new procedures to guide others in future.

“Jess was brought in to cover maternity leave of a permanent member of staff.  She was an excellent team player, flexible and hard working.  She was keen to ensure she understood what was required of her and wanted to learn.  Her positivity was a delight to have in the office.  As part of her role she had to communicate regularly with employers wanting to work with the University in promoting their internships and graduate role.  Her interpersonal style and customer service were excellent and I had no hesitation in leaving her to get on with it.  We would have offered her a permanent role had she not already secured an alternative role at the University!” – Line Manager.

Research Assistant – South West Heritage Trust

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

My main responsibilities as a intern with the South West Heritage Trust were cataloguing material dating from the First World War, for a HLF-funded scheme called the ‘Devon Remembers Heritage Project’. My role involved organising and attending meetings with local heritage centres across the county, as well as compiling the results of volunteer research groups into accessible formats such as Excel or Word.

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

My biggest achievement during the internship was securing an additional three months of employment with the company, which commenced immediately after the initial contract was due to finish. I was really pleased to see that my work and contribution to the company had been so highly valued and a contract extension will allow me to become more heavily involved in various aspects of the Devon Remembers project.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I saved my line manager a great deal of time searching through archive collections and driving around the county to visit other local archives. I was able to compile large amounts of information into a usable form for Katherine and the company’s archivists.

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

Whilst not directly related to the content of my work, the most major problem in my internship was the hour-long commute by car. I overcame this by downloading audio books to listen to whilst driving and it made the travelling much more bearable.

“Ciaran is an excellent member of the team and we have offered him further employment as a result of his internship. His skills, attitude and aptitude for learning all make him an asset to the organisation” – Devon Remembers Heritage Project Officer

Global Employability Support Assistant – Employment Services, University of Exeter

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

Helping to run the Erasmus+ work abroad scheme by creating Internship Forms and making sure they are signed off in good time, giving students advice about how to find placements all around the world and dealing with queries and issues from both employers and students while on placement. Working within a very small team, I shared the responsibility of over 250 student placements with my manager. As well as this I held student one-to-one’s once a week to give advice about finding work abroad and organised any global events on campus, including employer presentations and small fairs.

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

My GBP role has allowed me to gain a confidence within a graduate role, that I did not have when I first finished University. As well as this, by working within a small team I have been able to streamline our internal work abroad paperwork processes to make sure that we can better keep on top of each student’s current situation. I have had just the right amount of freedom and direction to really improve my employability, which was the ultimate goal of my internship.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I believe that my internship enabled my team to improve some of our processes and resources, such as our ELE page and online webpages. I believe that my administration role helped lighten the workload of my manager and enabled them to work on projects we may not have previously had the time to undertake. By organising all of the employer and internal events for the Global Showcase for example, meant that my manager could concentrate on the marketing and advertising of the event in more detail.

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

Quite often I had to work independently, which to begin with was a challenge but in hindsight really helped me to get to grips with my role as I was forced to learn the huge amount of knowledge needed quickly. Another difficulty within this role is that almost daily I encounter queries that I had never come across before. A good knowledge of what other teams within the University did, and of what reliable online resources there were available meant that I learnt to think on my feet and find answers to these problems quickly.

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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Project Worker – Exeter Pound

business-cash-coin-concept-41301What were your main roles and responsibilities during the course of your internship?

My role involved: general admin tasks; data collection; running a stall at  Exeter’s Respect festival;  an Exchange point audit; volunteer co-ordination, and selling advertising space.

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

During my internship the person who would have been supervising me left.  This meant that I was able to fill her role, and take over the general running of the office and co-ordination of other volunteers.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

Luckily I was able to cover a period of time which would have been very difficult for Exeter Pound.

Residential Coordinator – Student Recruitment Office

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

I organised, facilitated and managed student residentials across our campuses. These are overnight visits in which potential students stay on campus with staff and student ambassadors and explore life as a student. This involved liaising directly with students, planning activities, and persuading the Cornwall House swimming pool to let us have a cardboard boat challenge there!

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

I’ve never described myself as computer savvy. I am a complete extrovert with a love for student engaging roles and so the thought of a desk job has always terrified me. However, this role has really made me realise the rewarding nature of office work.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

It allowed other colleagues time to focus on activities such as Open Days (which I also helped out on). I was also the main link with the student ambassadors,and I was able to help keep them informed with the way the residential was shaping up.

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

Plenty! We had students that wanted to have a party one evening, students who had to be taken to A+E, coaches that didn’t turn up on time, problems with catering. The biggest advice I can ever give is to adapt. When something doesn’t go according to plan work with it. You can have all the plans in the world but that doesn’t mean that it will all go that way!

Career Zone Website Intern – University of Exeter

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

Working with T4 Site Manager software to update and refine the Career Zone section of the website. I created graphics, logos, new content and a range of other videos to help make the site more appealing to students.

I was also tasked with updating various documents associated with the website, to ensure it remains up-to-date and looked after.

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

My biggest achievement was being able to learn T4 and use it effectively.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

My employer now has a new section of the website they can bring live, with a range of new content that I have created for them.

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

I mainly struggled with T4, but was able to innovate and figure out solutions through the process of trying and failing.

Career Mentor Scheme Administrator – University of Exeter

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

-Communicating with mentors and mentees to ensure the scheme was running smoothly.
-Introducing mentors/mentees.
-Organising spreadsheets fir future schemes.
-Compiling feedback for the scheme.
-Sending out certificates.
-Helping with the career mentor event.

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

I learnt how to communicate effectively with a range of individuals and increased my organisational skills.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

It lightened the workload of my line manager and enabled them to focus on persuading mentors to join the scheme.

Student Engagement Assistant – University of Exeter

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

The Accelerate Project has involved liaising with developers regarding bugs and developments, organising operational group meetings where I provided project updates, developing training materials and training Super-Users in all Colleges, and running up staff and student focus groups. This work was undertaken alongside my other roles.

During the first six months of my contract I worked with Students as Change Agents, meeting with students running projects and writing case studies on them. I later formulated these into the SACA Annual 2014/15.

This was followed by five months with the Student Cases Office dealing with appeals and academic misconduct.

My final seven months were spent working within Enterprise, helping to organise the first ever Student Start-Up Awards, designing the new Think, Try, Do flyers and posters.

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

Working on the Accelerate Project with minimal support and being rewarded via the aforementioned contract extensions.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

It meant there was a central resource for Accelerate.