Name of Organisation: Devon County Council: Communications Team
Description of Organisation:
At Devon County Council, they work to improve life across Devon for everyone. They want to create a place that people enjoy living in, as well as a place where people enjoy working. Every day, everyone who works there is making an impact and able to see the differences that they make to the people of Devon. At Devon County Council, they do everything they can to support staff and help grow their careers. Devon County Council and its staff seek to eliminate discrimination, advance equality and foster good relations.
Name of Employer: Julia Hulland
Job Title: Senior Communications Officer
Internship Scheme used:
The Graduate Business Partnership Scheme (GBP) | Employer Engagement & Student Employment | University of Exeter
“Seeing Hannah’s confidence increase during her time with us was very satisfying. She has some great ideas but had been reluctant to speak up in meetings and put her thoughts across. I hope she leaves us with a lot more faith in her own ability.”
“It has been an excellent experience and we are pleased to have been able to support another University of Exeter graduate in their first job. Unfortunately, our current budget pressures meant we were unable to offer Hannah an extension or full-time role with us, but this is absolutely not a reflection of her ability or suitability. We are very pleased that Hannah has secured a full time, permanent communications role in London. “
Name of Organisation: Music In Devon Initiative
Description of Organisation: MIDI is a non-profit-making organisation which has been founded by a group of local musicians and music industry professionals. We aim to develop emerging talent, increase opportunities for musicians and audiences, and generate business for the music industry in Devon.
Name of Employer: Nick Hall
Job Title: Director
Internship Scheme used: A2I, SBP
Employer subsidies (A2I) – Employment Services – University of Exeter
Student Business Partnership (SBP) – Employment Services – University of Exeter
We recruited a Music Marketing and Admin Assistant through the University of Exeter Internship Scheme. The role was to administer and market various music related projects including the ‘Exeter Street Arts Festival’ and ‘Devon Pop Up Pianos’.
Our intern also was tasked with contacting businesses as part of a subscription scheme we are setting up. She carried out market research and some design tasks which was completed to a very high standard. She was sometimes given slow or negative responses from businesses but was persistent and modified her strategy to cope.
The intern was a great and useful asset to us and helped move an important project forward on several fronts. We will remain in contact with her as other roles she may be interested will likely become available. We were very impressed with the calibre of the student.
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!