Category Archives: Student Campus Partnership (SCP)

Employer Case Study: University of Exeter Digital Humanities

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Name of Organisation: University of Exeter Digital Humanities 

Description of Organisation:  

The Digital Humanities Lab offers unique spaces, equipment and training for staff and students. They support innovative Digital Humanities research, offer training and teaching, and undertake digital preservation and display of historic material and artefacts using advanced technologies. They work with a range of university teams including Technical Services, Library, IT, and academic staff. 

Name of Employer: Gemma Poulton 

Job Title: Technical Manager 

Internship Scheme used:  

Student Campus Partnership (SCP) | Employer Engagement & Student Employment | University of Exeter  


Our intern Isabel worked on a range of projects including digitisation, photography and 3D images. Her greatest achievement was her growth in confidence to work with academics on a range of projects. Isabel is a committed and enthusiastic intern and always worked with enthusiasm on the work she was tasked with.  


Student Case Study: Exeter Communities Together

Name of Student: Jian Zhang Poon 

Degree Subject: Bsc Management and Marketing WIE

Job Title:  Project Coordinator Intern 

Company Name: Exeter Communities Together 

Description of Organisation:  

Exeter Communities Together (ECT) represents the coming together of a partnership of seven grassroots organisations, many of which have been run on a voluntary basis by community members, with the overarching aim of enabling Black, Asian and minority ethnic residents in Exeter to have a voice and increased visibility in the wider community.  

ECT will contribute to improving the health and well-being of ethnic minority communities and society as a whole by developing, as a partnership, shared knowledge and understanding, building sympathy and reducing fear between Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities and the indigenous population and reducing social isolation. 

A key objective for ECT is to improve health and well-being for the City as a whole and to spread this benefit more widely in Devon. In this we are supported by Exeter City Council and Devon County Council. 

Type of Internship:   

Student Campus Partnership (SCP) | Employer Engagement & Student Employment | University of Exeter  

What were your key duties and responsibilities during your internship? 

My key duties and responsibilities were designing posters, emailing partners, organising events, and doing minutes in board meetings. 

What was your biggest achievement on your internship? 

My biggest achievement was holding 5 events with over 100 attendees, and increasing social media platforms following. 

Were there any challenges and how did you overcome these?  

The biggest challenge for me was working for a very small company so my role held more responsibility. 

Skills Learnt:  

  • Communication 
  • Teamwork and Collaboration 
  • Organisation 
  • Strategic Planning 
  • IT 
  • Networking 
  • Assessing and Managing Risk 


 Attributes Developed: 

  • Confidence 
  • Initiative 
  • Perseverance 
  • Creative Thinking 
  • Cultural Awareness 
  • Personal Awareness 


Your message to other students considering a similar job role, organisation or sector? 

“Working for my first internship in the UK was a valuable experience; I learned a lot about how to actually put my marketing knowledge to use while learning how to work in a professional environment and for a non-profit. It was challenging as I was in charge of the whole marketing side of the company as my superior was on maternity leave. However, I got to learn and design marketing materials really quickly after knowing what each partner wanted specifically. I have gained knowledge from fellow interns as well as my boss and have learnt a lot from this experience.” 

Student Case Study: Digital Humanities UofE

Name of Student:  Isabel Moon

Degree Subject:  BA History

Job Title: Digital Humanities Intern

Company Name: University of Exeter

Type of Internship: Student Campus Partnerships (SCPs)  

What were your key duties and responsibilities during your internship?

Lab work, Front desk, Project work

What was your biggest achievement on your internship?

The website I made for the Namibia For All disability in Namibia awareness project

Skills Learnt: 

  • Ability to Work Under Pressure
  • Time and Workload Management
  • Problem Solving

Attributes Developed:

  • Commercial Awareness
  • Confidence
  • Professionalism

Your message to other students considering a similar job role, organisation or sector?

I have greatly appreciated my internship experience this year. I have learnt more about the world of work within the humanities sector here than I have anywhere else. It has been a great opportunity to work on projects that interest me and to work with like-minded people. I’ve loved being able to work hands-on with historical items and working on meaningful projects. I have always been passionate about preserving history and spreading awareness of it and this internship has been a brilliant opportunity to do so and to gain the skills and experience I would need to do so again in the future. I am happy to have been offered a part time role within the team.

Employer Case Study: Commercial Marketing Team, University of Exeter

Name of Organisation: Commercial Marketing Team, University of Exeter

Name of Employer: Kate Durward-Akhurst

Job Title: Marketing Manager

Internship Scheme used: Student Campus Partnership (SCP) | Employer Engagement & Student Employment | University of Exeter


“The insights provided by the student were invaluable, proving a students point of view on areas pertinent to the work we are trying to do. Her ability to quickly analyse and sort information, particularly market research or website and communication tools has been impressive. She has needed very little assistance and once given a task has been able to run with it, developing the work and delivering on time.

Our intern’s inputs and point of view as a current student that are extremely helpful- being able to see things through her eyes and understand how we can improve our communications with student because of that.

Excellent internship! Invaluable, incredibly eye-opening and most definitely worthwhile.”


Employer Case Study: University of Exeter Lab Work

Name of Organisation: University of Exeter

Name of Employer: Robert Ellis

Job Title: Senior Lecturer

Internship Scheme used: Student Campus Partnership (SCP) | Employer Engagement & Student Employment | University of Exeter


“The intern specifically worked on developing a theoretical model for sex change in hermaphroditic aquatic species. This is highly novel and is contributing to a larger area of work our lab group are developing. This helped the intern familiarise themselves with the project, and set the foundation to develop a possible PhD project proposal together over the coming 12 months.

Their successful integration to the team and contribution to the wider goals of the team. The delivery of a comprehensive protocol to assess the content in the lab

This was a really positive experience, and also provided a highly beneficial development experience for a PhD student within our lab who was able to mentor the intern during their placement.

The internship scheme has been very straightforward and I would certainly use it again.”

Employer Case Study: University of Exeter – TQAE

Name of Organisation: University of Exeter – TQAE

Name of Employer: Craig McEwan

Job Title: Academic Developer

Internship Scheme used: Student Campus Partnership (SCP) | Employer Engagement & Student Employment | University of Exeter


“The interns worked as a team accross three main university projects:

Assessment Reimagined:
Interns mapped the assessment journeys of students on 16 undergraduate programmes that had been identified as priorities by the project lead; painting a detailed picture of what assessment consists of on these programmes. After gathering data module-by-module, the interns compiled reports summarising the assessment journeys for each programme, before zooming out and looking at any broader trends that could be identified accross HASS and STEM programmes. In addition, they conducted a survey of students about their assessment experiences at Exeter and incorporated their key findings and analysis into a final report. This work forms part of the university’s wider Assessment Reimagined project. The findings from both their mapping and student engagement work will help to influence proposals around potential assessment changes over the coming months.

Learning Landscapes:
The interns produced a report with their analysis of study spaces at Streatham campus. This included their views on what defines a good study space and examples of good practice that we currently have at Exeter. Their recommendations focused primarily on how the university could raise awareness of underutilised study spaces and better communicate them to students at Exeter. They created several mock-ups / prototypes of comms in a variety of mediums that the university could use or expand upon to get these messages accross. One of the interns also conducted a series of short interviews with students to better understand their study preferences and their awareness of the range of study spaces on campus. These findings were included in the final project report.

Development of a new chatbot with the Digital team:
Although the Digital team are working with external consultants to develop the technical elements of the chatbot, the interns played an important role in defining and articulating the chatbot’s ‘personality’ and communications tone. They compiled research on other chatbots, before creating a name for the new chatbot (Robi) and defining its personality traits and backstory (creating storyboards and promo materials to communicate this effectively). They drafted answers to a series of personality/non-support questions that can be used by the chatbot and created a Tone Blueprint, which will act as something of a style guide for the chatbot’s responses when it is up and running. This work has been gratefully recieved by the Digital team and complements the more technical work that they have been doing to develop the chatbot.

I think their biggest achievement was meeting all of their main project goals in what was essentially five weeks of work. Their ability work as a team and support each other was crucial and a big part of their success. I was blown away by their professionalism and their willingness to take on challenges and tasks that were out of their comfort zones.

This was my first involvement with Students as Change Agents, and was my first time managing SCP interns. While I was a little nervous about taking on six at once, it has been an incredibly rewarding experience. I was fortunate enough that they were an absolute dream group. I really couldn’t have asked for a better bunch. Their ability to support each other was so impressive and certainly made my job a lot easier. It was great to watch them develop new skills and interests that they didn’t expect, and to see their confidence build over the course of the internships. Based on the feedback that I’ve received so far, they have been positive about their experiences and some have even applied for other internships at the university. I also want to note the benefit that we had from adopting an agile working framework for the duration of the internships, facilitated and supported by colleagues in the Digital team. The use of agile working methods gave the interns a real sense of structure and was instrumental in them getting off to such a quick and successful start with their projects.”

Employer Case Study: Female Dignity

Name of Organisation: Female Dignity

Description of Organisation: Female Dignity’s vision and mission is to provide machinery to convert raw materials in the respective developing country to convert into sanitary pads using specialist machinery.

Name of Employer: Amanda Alexander

Job Title: Founder & Managing Director

Internship Scheme used: Student Campus Partnership (SCP) | Employer Engagement & Student Employment | University of Exeter


“The student we took on was a dream intern who understood and fulfilled her tasks on time and with excellence. Her pleasant demeanor and pro-activeness was great, she’s welcomed back to Female Dignity anytime. She created and took full responsibility for the e-commerce platform for Female Dignity’s website. It was truly a pleasure working with the SCP. I’ve offered her the opportunity to intern with us during her holidays.”

Employer Case Study: University of Exeter: Market Research

Name of Organisation: University of Exeter: Market Research

Name of Employer: Nick Long

Job Title: Market Research Office

Internship Scheme used: Student Campus Partnership (SCP) | Employer Engagement & Student Employment | University of Exeter


“The key output was supporting facilitating student focus groups as part of an ongoing University project, followed by contributing to a written report summarising key outcomes and insights from the focus groups. The report was shared with a senior leadership group within the University.

Our intern’s work on the written report; she provided a very detailed summary or insights that made up a big proportion of the final report. The report was reviewed by both myself (direct line manager) and our Market Research Manager and we both felt there was real quality in the work.

Overall, working with the student was a very positive experience; she was enthusiastic, engaged and produced high quality work. “

Employer Case Study: University of Exeter

Name of Organisation: University of Exeter

Name of Employer: Nicholas J. Moberly

Job Title: Senior Lecturer

Internship Scheme used: Student Campus Partnership (SCP) | Employer Engagement & Student Employment | University of Exeter


“Our intern worked as a research assistant on a psychophysiological experiment, helped to recruit participants to recruitment target, test them and also trained another intern to run the experiment and process psychophysiological data. Intern also processed, collated and archived all data.

The internship provided a very valuable experience in working with an enthusiastic and conscientious student to deliver a research project in a timely manner. This allowed me to complete work on a timescale that would otherwise have taken many more months, and therefore to deliver a research grant efficiently. The intern had already worked on the project (as an undergraduate) previously and so were able to continue where they left off and further develop their skills, while increasing their skills in people and time management. I hope that they have found the experience as useful and interesting as I have.”

Student Case Study: Ask An Alum (UofE)


Name of Student:  Emily Im

Degree Subject:  English

Job Title: SCP 5520 Ask An Alum Administrator

Company Name:  University of Exeter

Type of Internship:  Student Campus Partnerships (SCPs)  

What were your key duties and responsibilities during your internship?

My main responsibility was to manage and record Ask An Alum applications and then connect students and graduates with alumni who could give them careers advice. I also searched and inputted data from Raiser’s Edge onto Microsoft Excel, produced and scheduled social media marketing material to promote Ask An Alum, and wrote copy advertising Ask An Alum for the careers newsletter.

What was your biggest achievement on your internship?

I helped connect over 60 alumni with students and graduates who applied for Ask An Alum.

Skills Learnt: 

  • Ability to Work Under Pressure
  • Organisation
  • Customer Service

Attributes Developed:

  • Logical thinking
  • Confidence
  • Independence

Your message to other students considering a similar job role, organisation or sector?

I had a brilliant time as Ask An Alum Administrator for the University’s Employability team. My three lovely managers gave me support and guidance when needed but also welcomed my own ideas. There was a lot of data inputting involved but I had the opportunity to be creative too when working on the marketing side of things. The internship as a whole has helped me develop the skills I need for the future and boosted my confidence. Therefore, it was a worthwhile experience.