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Economic Development Assistant – Devon County Council

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

My duties included dealing with business relocation and grant enquiries as well as managing the Business Promotion Grant. In addition, I monitored media, including social media, for local, regional and national news and analysis with inward investment focus. I also attended events with an inward investment/economic focus. I updated the company website by generating content, source news, and case studies. I supported both events and an apprenticeship campaign.

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

Gaining new skills, such as networking.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I lightened the workload for other colleagues by providing support.

 

Employability Project Support Officer – University of Exeter

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

My main role has been to improve the employability of graduates from the CLES department, through updating the DLHE database and making transferable skills clearer in modules. Within this, I organised a large employability meeting with colleagues from the Streatham campus, where ideas to improve employability in the department were discussed and a list of actions was created.

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

Sucessfully organising this large employability meeting, which helped me to gain valuable administration skills and experience.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I reduced the workload of my colleagues and was able to contribute my own ideas as a graduate on how the department can improve employability prospects for students.

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

I had to purchase a lot of resources for the meeting so I had to understand how the finance system worked and deal with budgets. This was easily overcome by asking more experienced colleagues in the office for help.

Geography Writer – ZigZag Education

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

My main role was to write various GCSE level geography resources, such as topic tests and case studies. I have also been given other smaller tasks to complete. In addition I have been given plenty of training in order to work to the best of my abilities.

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

My biggest achievement has probably been completing the resources that I have. Although I am yet to see the full published versions, it’s fulfilling knowing that what I have written is going through the production phases. I also feel that I have taken on a lot of information and learnt lots of new skills!

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

There are always tasks to be done at ZigZag so I imagine I have helped to get more projects completed so they can produce more resources at a faster rate.

“Rachel is a very proficient employee and has settled into the company very well and now forms a core part of her subject team of writers. She has already written a number of new teaching resources as well as critically assessing the work of her peers” – Line Manager.

Fundraising and Administrative Intern – Pump Aid

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

I am working as a Fundraising and Administrative Intern for an NGO/Charity called Pump Aid. They work in Malawi with the aim of providing clean water to as many people as possible. They have a base in Malawi, but I am in London working in a small team of about 6 or 7 daily. Because it is such a small charity, I have been very fortunate to be able to see how each aspect of the charity works. I have had meetings with each member of staff from the CEO to the graphic designer, so I feel like I have an incredibly in-depth knowledge of every angle of the organisation.

I have already been put in charge of all of the social media for the charity on a variety of different sites, as well as being responsible for the fundraising reconciliation. This involves using different databases and websites to record every donation that is received.

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

I wrote my dissertation on the link between gender roles and water poverty in Africa, so I am very happy to be putting my degree to use!

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

The director of programmes has already asked for information, and I have put together a report for him based on my research, so hopefully I will be more involved in that side of the organisation more and more.

 

Alumni & Employability Administrator, University of Exeter

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

  •  Engaging alumni in volunteering activities such as careers events and creating careers profiles.
  • Organising careers events including alumni careers panels, workshops, mock interviews; booking rooms, ordering catering, parking, promoting to students, etc.
  •  Updating the alumni database.
  •  Promoting careers events to students within our College.
  • Writing and compiling content for the SSIS Employability Newsletter.
  • Helping academics engage alumni in various activities/events.
  • Liaising with the alumni team and working with them on various events/projects when needed.
  • Helping student societies engage alumni & helping promote events where necessary.
  • Dealing with any general alumni enquiries.
  • Organising law mock interviews with alumni, making arrangements for the day, advertising to students etc.

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

I became a lot more confident in speaking to a range of people as I was liaising with students, academics, colleagues across different teams and alumni – many of whom were in senior positions in their companies. I reached a point where I felt comfortable speaking with such a diverse range of people.

Another achievement was starting the College Employability Newsletter from scratch and working on improving on this over the duration of my internship, and being able to see the open rate increase and the subsequent increase in events bookings.

I also had the opportunity to get involved in so many different aspects and gain a lot of experience in organising events, working in an admin-type role in Higher Education which has enabled me to go on to secure a permanent job at the University.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I started up the College Employability newsletter which the team did not have capacity to do so before and I worked with Design Team to rebrand our College employability branding. Our College also had its highest ever number of alumni volunteering hours and number of volunteering activities during 2015-16 as with more capacity, we were able to organise more events, engage more alumni and I was able to update the database much more regularly to reflect this.

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

I was asked to help an academic organise a very last-minute overseas alumni trip which required asking colleagues in GED and they need a much longer time frame to organise these type of events so it caused a problem. I overcame it by ensuring I kept both the academic and the alumni team regularly up-to-date with progress, managing the expectations of the academic and making it clear the number of attendees may be low as it is last-minute. It made sure I was clearly communicating the academic’s requests to the alumni team and being persistent in making sure the academic provided us with the key details as quickly as possible. In response to this we then wrote a procedure summary for all academics to follow in future when wanting to organise an alumni event and to provide them with realistic time-frames.

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“My Alumni & Employability Assistant provided vital support to events, newsletters & alumni engagement” – Line Manager. 

Careers Information Assistant – Career Zone, University of Exeter

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

My role was to provide front desk careers support for the Career Zone at St Luke’s Campus. Aside from this customer-facing role, I was also responsible for several projects within the Careers Service such as Finalist Fridays. My role also included providing admin support to the central team and help organising careers events. My role varied from those at Streatham Campus as it involved tailoring the careers service to the needs of St Luke’s students. This required a lot of collaboration with local departments and services.

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

I would say my biggest achievement has been leading a project and seeing it grow from an initial idea to an active part of our service.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I believe my internship lightened the workload for my colleagues as I was able to work on several key in-year targets, allowing my colleagues to work towards other key goals. I would like to think it has also helped our relationship with other departments as I have tried to strengthen the relationship between the central careers service and departmental employability leads.

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

One of the main problems was that there was a lack of awareness of our presence on St Luke’s so I had to devote a lot of time to promoting the service and advertising what we offer. We now see students come in for careers support and enquiries on a more regular basis. The other key problem was working remotely from my team but it just highlighted the importance of good communication and made me keep in regular contact. It also allowed me to work more closely with local teams and services for campus-specific support and guidance.

Employment Services Administrator – Career Zone, Exeter

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

Over the course of my internship I had several  responsibilities. At the beginning of the internship I helped to process intern contracts, inputting student and employer information and making sure that our records were up to date. I also ran finance reports, and made sure that the information in our finance spreadsheets matched expenditure. In the second half of my internship I was responsible for organising a careers event for CEMPs students. This involved shortlisting potential employers based in the South West, and getting in contact with them via email and telephone to encourage them to sign up to the event. Whilst doing this, I marketed the event to students via social media, targeted emails, and through student societies. I was also responsible for making sure that facilities were booked for the day of the event.

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

Organising the careers event for CEMPs students. I became much more confident speaking to external contacts after inviting employers to the event and providing them with further details about the event. I also gained new skills in areas that I previously had limited experience in such as digital marketing, through marketing the event to students.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I helped to streamline the processing of intern information during the busy period before Christmas, which meant that departments and employers were able to employ student and graduate interns quickly and easily. I also helped to make sure that the finances were accurate, as I was able to check them more frequently. Finally, I organised the careers event for CEMPs students, which my manager would not have been able to organise alongside their other responsibilities.

“He has been an excellent team player, very hardworking, flexible and reliable for the 3 months he was with us. He has been involved in calling employers about attending an event, writing promotional text to send to students and drawing up an action plan list. He also helped prepare GBP and SCP contracts and worked on finance.  Having him in the office really helped us get on top of the workload.” – Line Manager.

Events & Marketing Executive – Make it Marketing

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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