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Film Research Support & Administration Intern – University of Exeter

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

My duties included:

Updating programme descriptors and modules on iPaMS.
Researching and drafting a plan for the MA IFB webpage.
Collecting student information and formulating a questionnaire for a postgraduate film student database.
Helping with module change and allocation.
Assisting with archiving.
Some reception assistance.
Writing a summary report of film workshop feedback.
Helping with any other general ad hoc tasks.

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

Helping the team out with iPaMS as I really felt like I made a positive impact which was appreciated. I also feel that my work for the MAIFB webpage and film workshop summary was of a good standard I was proud of.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I feel like I have helped relieve some of the pressures on the team at a busy time. I hope that my work for the PG database helps the film department and that my draft for the MAIFB webpage gets used and benefits the students.

“We have loved having our Intern Maxine, who had an extremely positive impact on the team and the work that we do” – Line Manager

Archives Assistant – Heritage Collections, University of Exeter

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

My role as a temporary archives assistant primarily involved cataloguing the correspondence of South West writer Henry Williamson. I was also given the opportunity to supervise the Special Collections Reading Room desk, and participate in key processes in Heritage Collections such as retrievals and re-shelving, selecting and preparing materials for display and working with Arts and Culture to help promote academic events. I was also given the opportunity to shadow other fundamental parts of working in a university archive, such as accessions, digitisation and answering queries, and was given access to wider reading about the sector and archival practices.

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

My biggest achievement over the course of my internship has been the ability I have gained to try new things, and believe in my own skillset. The department trusted me with some of their most precious collections – including letters by Thomas Hardy and Agatha Christine – and being able to work on such important materials really helped me gain confidence in my own abilities, and the skills I can bring to future employers.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

My help in cataloguing Henry Williamson’s correspondence meant that the Special Collections team could present a more detailed record of their collections to the public and researchers, making the materials in the archive more accessible. My proudest moment as part of my internship was when I was informed that the work I had undertaken had resulted in a request for that material – by contributing to the Special Collections catalogue, a process that also taught me about cataloguing software CALM, I had also made a tangible and positive impact on the service they are able to provide.

“Lucy was an extremely high calibre intern who managed much of the intern process herself. There were some hitches in the process and her proactive approach really helped with this” – Head of Heritage Collections

Planning and Research Intern – All We Can, Methodist Relief and Development

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

I had a variety of tasks to fulfil during my time as an intern at All We Can as I had various roles in the organisation. I was first tasked to review their travel policy for when staff members would go to meet partners in developing countries. This required extensive research on the transport to and from, as well as in, the respective countries. After this I worked on the organisation’s country profiling documents, assessing which countries would be viable for AWC to work in and find partners. Once again this required research on many aspects of the country such as its HDI, political environment, corruption levels and cultural backgrounds. The third task I was given was to create a flow chart describing the organisations guidance on scoping new countries for partners to work with. I helped at a supporters awareness meeting in the Midlands where I represented the organisation and assisted with answering questions from supporters and clearing down the room. I summarised and tabulated answers from the questionnaires filled in by the international partners regarding the advocacy and humanitarian work of AWC, as well as investigating what the salary scales for international NGO’s staff working in developing countries was.

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

I received a first-hand eye witness experience of what it means to work in an international humanitarian aid organisation dealing with work directly related to humanitarian development with partners in developing countries. From this I have been able to gain a better understanding of what working in this industry entails, and all of the behind the scenes work that goes into making projects successful. The most rewarding of all was being exposed to a totally new, cutting-edge approach to humanitarian aid that I had not come across before in my studies whereby this small organisation is able to partner with communities and work not only with them, but for them.  The people receiving the funding are at the table with the donors setting the agenda for the aid work that will take place in the community. This was incredibly enlightening and eye-opening for me.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

The work which I did for All We Can during my internship enabled them to accelerate their administration and planning programs regarding the new approach to partnerships in developing countries. This decreased and simplified the workload for several of the staff and provided support when several of the staff were away on international trips visiting partners. I also ensured the smooth running of the supporters awareness day.

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

There were some occasions when I struggled to understand how to formulate certain information and I was able to ask for advice and support to complete the work effectively. I was unable to access the printer from my computer therefore I emailed the work to a colleague and they were able complete this for me.

“Joel  carried out research, providing global poverty and development statistics that fed into our country scoping strategy. He also analysed survey questionnaires on our humanitarian assistance and advocacy programmes and provided a summarised and condensed version of the results, spelling out trends and patterns. He also supported one of our volunteer training sessions.” – Head of Programme Operations.

Junior Electronics Engineer – Michael J Watts Consultant

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

My job was the design and development of prototype electronic design products. I worked on soldering and analogue design and also embedded software development.

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

My biggest achievement was bettering my programming skills as a whole.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

My experience surrounding electronics and I provided a different approach to looking at his problems.

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

I met problems using components I had not used yet. Everyday day I have been learning new skills. I also learnt how to properly design PCB schematics which was something we did not learn at University.

“We have found Exeter graduates to be of extremely high calibre both technically and as employees; enthusiastic, thinking ‘outside the box’ and providing high quality work” – Line Manager

Employment Services Administration Assistant

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

I supported the Central Employment Services Team in the daily delivery of their student services. I also administrated the feedback process for University of Exeter Managed Internship Schemes. In addition I provided ad-hoc support for fairs and events throughout the year, as well as ad-hoc office support

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

Having the chance to provide Line Manager with an evaluative presentation on the administrative process I had been working on all year, in order to present an analysis of the system and also to suggest ways to optimise the efficiency of it

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I provided my employer with additional administrative support during busy periods.

It was great having Peter on the team.  He was able to provide us with a student perspective on our scheme, help us be more efficient and also assisted up with streamlining some of our processes. He was hard working and fast at what he was asked to do and always willing to take on the work” – Line Manager.

Accounting Assistant – Polgoon Winery

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

My daily responsibilities included raising sale orders and invoices, logging new purchase invoices and updating costing spreadsheets, purchase account reconciliation, cashing up and reconciling cash/ card balances, updating the shop sales cash sheet and petty cash book. I also had to liaise with customers, suppliers and staff members to solve various issues. I logged payments received from customers and undertook various administrative duties to support smooth business operations. I had also learnt and participated  in wine/ cider production process and updated various production costing sheets

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

Learning about the challenges and potential of running a small business in this sector, working in an office environment and supporting business needs.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I lightened the workload of the Accounting Manager and Marketing Manager allowing them to focus on more complex problems during high season.

Having the help of an intern with a fresh, current and up to date knowledge of the sector greatly helped their integration in to a busy working environment in a short time.  The positive attitude and working ethic of a student trying to learn as much as they can in order to increase their ability and grade was in turn a positive experience for us” – Line Manager.

Outreach Assistant – University of Exeter, CEMPS

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

During my placement I spent a good proportion of my time out of the office as well as in. When I was in the office I was helping to create educational resources as well as lessons in a box, in order to send out into local schools next academic year. When I was out of the office I was helping with a variety of outreach activities in order to promote CEMPS subjects to possible future students. In general I was trying to spread the idea that CEMPS subjects are fun and show that learning them will help everyone with their future career prospects.

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

I have definitely become much more confident when sharing my ideas and opinions. I have also done a fair amount of presentation speaking and these experiences have definitely prepared me to go into my final year.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I was able to add a number of resources to the current pool of activities used for outreach in the department, and have also come up with more ideas that could be developed in the future.

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

The only problem  was waiting for purchased resources to arrive. This wasn’t the end of the world though as there was always plenty more to be getting on with.

“Eloise was able to provide a different perspective on the planned activities for sessions and worked well within the team. It has been extremely helpful to have an intern helping through this busy time in the year and has made a great contribution to our efforts” – Line Manager

Mathematics Module Development Assistant – University of Exeter (CEMPS)

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

To design and create a mathematics online-learning resource for engineering conversion course students as part of a small team. This involved planning and producing a zero-credit module on the ELE platform, selecting mathematical content to include, researching additional content, writing lectures and notes using ELE platform and LaTeX, creating quizzes and problem sheets to test understanding and liaising with academic staff to verify our content was correct.

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

I learnt how to plan, organise and time-keep a large-scale project. Our employers had no mathematical expertise, which gave us complete responsibility for the project’s quality and validity.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

My employer now has a mathematics e-learning resource that can be used by engineering conversion course students for multiple years to come. This content can also be sent out in file format to explain what the course will entail. In addition, it will be advertised among professors at the university as a learning/revision tool for first and second year students. It is also held by the university’s IT department as a leading example of a high-quality online learning and teaching resource created using the ELE platform.

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

Firstly, I found myself tasked with producing content which I didn’t understand since the courses for mathematics and engineering students differs slightly. I overcame this problem by asking an engineering professor for a relevant textbook from the library and taught myself the content. I then wrote my set of lecture notes and gave it to my fellow colleagues who also had never encountered this content. They questioned bits that didn’t make sense and I made corrections until we all agreed the content was explained well.

Secondly, we had to decide what content to put in the module and how to structure it. Whilst the team had strong ideas of what mathematics we would need (such as Algebra, Calculus, Vectors, etc) none of us were engineering students. Our strategy was to seek advice from an engineering professor who made additional suggestions we hadn’t considered (such as Numerical Methods and Statistical Testing). The professor also offered us her module as a template structure for our content. This was later adapted and changed since we felt the structure could be improved.

“Evan has acted in a professional manner and remained focused on the project objective. As a result of this, he has produced some very high quality resources using a wide range technologies and the tools within ELE” – Line Manager

Communications Assistant – Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope Charity

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

Within the charity Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope, my main role was Communications Assistant. I was also involved in promotion and organisation of ticketing for fundraising events. As part of communications, my responsibilities included keeping the charity website updated, search engine optimisation, social media, and coverage on the website of recent or upcoming fundraising events. I also had a role in the promotion of a charity concert and the upcoming Christmas Carol Service. Finally, I supported the charity manager with research into suitable trusts and foundations as potential new sources of funding for the charity.

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

My biggest achievement was that I learnt a lot about the organisation and management of charities, and also about issues in global health and development, which I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to study during my degree.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

During the internship I completed side projects, such as designing new logos and info-graphics, which the other members of the team wouldn’t have had the time to complete. Also I helped make more communications and publicity work towards the charity take place within the time available. Overall I hope my work brings more donations and success of fundraising events to Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope.

“Hazel joined our small charity team for four weeks and supported us with event planning, communications and design, making a valuable contribution to our team and impressing us with her wide range of skills” – Charity Manager

Employment Services Administration Assistant – University of Exeter

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

For the majority of my internship, I worked on preparations for the various careers fairs run by the team. This involved lots of administration tasks and paying attention to detail was paramount. I also worked at the fairs themselves, making sure they went smoothly and that nothing was overlooked. Alongside my work on the fairs, I also worked with the internships team, uploading vacancies and dealing with financials. Here, I had to prepare invoices and update spreadsheets with care to make sure employees were paid the correct amounts.

Towards the end of my internship, when the fairs were over, I began a project called the Internships Index. During this project I aggregated over 140 case studies from students who took part in University managed paid internships and uploaded them all onto a website for students and graduates.

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

I am very proud of the Internship Index project I worked on. I took it on from another member of the team who left very early on in its conception. Therefore, I was able to make it my own and ultimately decide on its direction. While I will not be here for its official launch in September, I have prepared much of the launch plan and marketing actions and will be pleased to see it being used!

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

My work on the fairs allowed others on the team liaise with employers and focus on generating revenue for the team. Event organisations requires a lot of admin tasks that are time consuming but need doing. I was able to fulfil this role.

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

Working on the financial side of things was a bit tricky at first, as I had not worked on balance spreadsheets before but the more I did them the easier it became!

“It was great having Sophia on the team, she was a real asset and was extremely flexible in terms of taking on dfifferent projects and working extra hours, when needed. She was efficient, reliable and hardworking and provided great support in enabling us to run our fairs and events smoothly.” – Employment Services Operations Officer

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