Name of Student: Imogen Wade-Palmer
Degree Subject: BA CH Philosophy and Theology
Job Title: Graduate Ambassador (Widening Participation and Direct Recruitment)
Company Name: University of Exeter
Type of Internship: Graduate Business Partnerships (GBPs)
- What were your key duties and responsibilities during your internship?
As a Graduate Ambassador, I worked in both widening participation and direct recruitment. This involved delivering presentations for schools and colleges to inform students about their Higher Education options. I represented the University of Exeter at Information Fairs and UCAS Exhibitions, as well as helping with events on campus such as Open Days and Offer-Holder visit days.
- What outputs and outcomes did you deliver for your employer?
I represented the University of Exeter at Information Fairs and UCAS Exhibitions, as well as helping with events on campus such as Open Days and Offer-Holder visit days.
- Skills Learnt
- Decision making
- Teamwork and collaboration
- Focus on goals and outcomes
- Time and work load management
- Attributes Developed
- Increased my knowledge of the sector
- Improvement of skills for the workplace
- Creative thinking
- Your message to other students considering a similar job role, organisation or sector?
“The internship was invaluable in helping me to develop the skills required to secure a training contract to be a solicitor. I am now back in full time education completing an MA in Law and look forward to starting with the firm in 2020.”
Name of Organisation: The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum
Description of Organisation: The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum is home to one of the largest collections of material relating to the moving image in Britain. We are both an accredited public museum and an academic research facility and we hold a collection of over 85,000 items. Over 1,000 of our items are on display in our Galleries and are available to be viewed by the public.
Name of Employer: Phil Wickham
Job Title: Curator
Internship Scheme used: A2I
Employer subsidies (A2I) – Employment Services – University of Exeter
We recruited a Curatorial Intern who researched and produced data to support a planned funding bid and also assisted with other key duties in the museum. The main research task was to assist with funding from the National Heritage Lottery Fund (NLHF). This work was completed to a very high standard. She also looked into an array of academic researchers who had used the museum’s collections and got in touch with them about their publications or projects. The intern was confident, organised and hardworking, this showed specifically through her preparation of a talk on pre-cinema in the museum’s gallery. She then went on to present this to visitors which was received with much enthusiasm. The internship went very well. She continued to volunteer for us after her internship and did some really valuable data analysis work on the museum’s visitors that will help us to develop.
This is an excellent scheme. We have used A2I twice and both times been able to benefit from exceptional talents. We highly recommend taking on an intern from the University of Exeter.
Quote from Intern:
“I honestly could not fault this experience whatsoever. I was able to combine my academic studies with real-world practical experience. Phil allowed me to use my initiative and offer my own suggestions in relation to the museum’s redevelopment project, which caused me to feel like a real part of the team. It also allowed me to demonstrate my ability to think creatively and intuitively rather than simply wait for instructions. I am eternally grateful for the encouragement that I received throughout the four weeks. This internship confirmed to me that I have chosen a career path that I am well-suited to.”
What were your main roles and responsibilities during the course of your internship?
Redesigning and reorganising the church website, serving in various church ministries on Sundays and through out the week, researching and purchasing new equipment and performing various office admin jobs
What would you say was your biggest achievement over the course of your internship?
Integrating myself into an office atmosphere.
What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?
Reorganising the church website to make it more user friendly and easier to maintain in future. Serving in many different ways to allow various church ministries to happen.