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Student Engagement Assistant – University of Exeter

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

The Accelerate Project has involved liaising with developers regarding bugs and developments, organising operational group meetings where I provided project updates, developing training materials and training Super-Users in all Colleges, and running up staff and student focus groups. This work was undertaken alongside my other roles.

During the first six months of my contract I worked with Students as Change Agents, meeting with students running projects and writing case studies on them. I later formulated these into the SACA Annual 2014/15.

This was followed by five months with the Student Cases Office dealing with appeals and academic misconduct.

My final seven months were spent working within Enterprise, helping to organise the first ever Student Start-Up Awards, designing the new Think, Try, Do flyers and posters.

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

Working on the Accelerate Project with minimal support and being rewarded via the aforementioned contract extensions.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

It meant there was a central resource for Accelerate.

Marketing and PR Executive – Make it Marketing

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

One of my main roles involved writing blogs for other companies, and adapting the style of the post to suit their target audience.  Clients included: camper van hire, casino rental hire, and estate agents. I was also involved with designing leaflets for local restaurants and contacting hotels and B&Bs to see if they would give the leaflets to their customers.

Whilst working for Make it Marketing I used a variety of software including: Canva, Pixabay, SproutSocial, SurveyMonkey, MailChimp, Word Press, Modx, Asana, Eventbrite, Skiddle, and Paperless Post.
I also created content plans for clients, scheduled social media posts, and wrote blogs for the company.

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

Learning to use lots of different online platforms to carry out efficient administration and promotion for various clients.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I wrote lots of blog content which improved the quality of the business’ website and its clients.

eXepert Administrator – University of Exeter Employment Services

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

My main roles and responsibilities during the course of the internship were very much administratively based. My fundamental responsibility was to provide administrative support for a scheme which offers students and recent graduates the opportunity to contact alumni for careers advice, although I was also encouraged to widen the scheme and ensure that it was constantly improving. In my second year of the internship, I widened my responsibilities further to help more with the Career Mentoring Scheme and did some admin and event organisation within this.

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

The biggest achievement over the course of my internship was helping to plan and coordinate the first ‘meet your mentor’ event. I had never undertaken a project like this before and it was a really exciting new challenge. Coordinating the different aspects of the event and ensuring everything ran smoothly ensured I learnt lots very quickly, and I would definitely like to pursue something similar to this in my future career.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I ran a scheme called eXepert, which matched students and alumni up in short term mentoring relationships. I worked solely on this scheme supporting students from the application stage to the feedback stage. The benefit this had to my employer was an increased awareness of careers advice for students, as well as maintaining important relationships with alumni.

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

No problems! I always felt really well supported throughout the internship. The biggest challenge I encountered was my line manager leaving just a few weeks into my role and therefore not having someone there to ask questions to as I was settling into the role. The wider team were really supportive, however, and I was able to settle into the role through the use of intuition and resources supplied by my predecessor.

Marketing Intern – Twisted Halo Drinks

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

From the day I started I was took on responsibility within the team and was given ownership of my own projects. I set up a brand ambassador programme for the company, and began recruitment and promotion of the scheme on social media. While doing this, I also reached out and contacted many smaller scale bloggers, and ordinary people who would be engaged in sampling the drink and sharing with their friends. I was in contact with many businesses regarding collaborations for competitions, pop ups and event ideas. In addition, there were many ad-hoc duties around the office: organising couriers, creating photo and video content, serving the drink at events, managing stock logistics and researching data for use on infographics.

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

My biggest achievement from the internship was learning that this is definitely the industry and company I am passionate about, and would love to go into after University. I now know I enjoy the dynamic start-up environment, working with a group of people I have similar interests with, and brand management within the health product sector. As a result of my work during the time at the company, I have been offered a part-time job, working remotely for the company while I am at University.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

As a result of my internship, I have increased brand awareness and following through social media engagement from those I have contacted, as well as creating photograph and video content for our social media channels. Also from the contacts I made, as a result we will be present at London Fashion Week and upcoming Influencer Events. Furthermore, a recent investor to the company has commented on the brand ambassador scheme, and how crucial it will be in the future growth of the business.

Environmental Education Assistant – Royal Parks Foundation

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

I was involved in the everyday running of an environmental education holiday club in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London/ The Lookout, part of the Royal parks foundation education programme at the Lookout, Hyde Park.
This gives city children the opportunity to explore what the outdoors has to offer.
Tasks included:
-Supporting Ecology Centre staff with delivery of school sessions and holiday activities.
-Preparing equipment and resources for use, and ensuring they are maintained and stored correctly after use.
-Assisting with the day-to-day running of the centre, including daily set up and animal care.
-Maintaining the Ecology Garden and Edible Forest Teaching Garden, e.g. through planting and weeding.
-Supporting Ecology staff with organising and delivering the events programme and smaller activities for visitors.
-Welcoming and engaging visitors to the centre.
-Supporting other Ecology projects within the park and local community.

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

My biggest achievement was being confident enough to make suggestions alongside the work I was being asked to do. Because of this I feel as though I’ve been able to have a small influence and put my stamp on some of the programmes at these centres. One example, included suggesting there should be an education display in one of the class
rooms, and I then took on the task to complete that. I was very proud of the result.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I was able to be an extra help during the busy holiday period, mainly by preparing for lessons, laying out equipment and then taking an active involvement in the sessions with young people. I was also able to be a help with a huge amount of admin tasks for the Royal Parks foundation as their fundraising half marathon approaches in October. This was great to be involved in as the run raises money for the parks education programmes.

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

It wasn’t a huge problem, but I did learn a lot about time management when it comes to commuting on the London tubes. There is a lot of unreliability, so making sure I was on time and ready for work was sometimes made difficult by cancelled trains.

Employability and Alumni Assistant – HUMS, University of Exeter

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

My role was to assist in the delivery of the employability activity in Humanities, through maintaining the website, events, and communications. I also had responsibility for alumni relations in the college, covering a 12 month maternity leave. This included organising networking events and marketing materials for Humanities alumni.

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

I was given lots of responsibility from day one, and trusted with important projects. This was nerve-racking at first but ultimately it was amazing for my personal development. I felt that my confidence to make decisions, make my voice heard and effect change grew hugely in the first 6 months. 6 months into my GBP role, I was seconded to cover my line manager’s position of Employability Officer for 9 months, giving me more responsibility and control over what was delivered in the College. This was a fantastic opportunity and put me in an excellent position to apply for future roles at the University at a similar level.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I was able to have ownership for our It’s Never Too Late project, a careers campaign aimed at final years to engage them with employability support. This lightened the workload for other colleagues, but also I was able to grow the campaign and ensure that we were effectively engaging final years.

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

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Enterprise Assistant – University of Exeter

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

My role included providing administrative support to the Enterprise team and helping to organise various events. I worked on the enterprise website and liaised with Exeter alumni. I also supported the delivery of two weeks of enterprise events at the University and interacted with students to encourage them to become involved with them.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I was able to carry out work that the team would not have been able to without my contribution such as updating website content, producing reports, flyering for events etc. This enabled the permanent staff within he department to dedicate their time to supporting students on a broader level.

“Helen provided fantastic support to the team, and I was confident in delegating to her, knowing she could complete work to a high standard. Helen also made use of her excellent communication skills and enthusiasm when helping to promote the two key weeks of enterprise events to students” – Work-related Learning Officer

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Events and Marketing Intern – Employment Services, University of Exeter

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

My main roles were to contribute to marketing initiatives such as the employability newsletter and to support and run employability events such as the Exeter Award and eXfactor. A significant part of the role was marketing the Exeter Award and actively designing new initiatives to engage fellow students.

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

The tasks I was involved with have given me the opportunity to strengthen my public relation and team player skills, as well as demonstrate my ability to problem solve and approach things proactively. The role has improved my career potential as it has allowed me to gain an insight into many different aspects of designing, implementing and evaluating marketing strategies, an area I am keen to progress in.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

Being a student myself, I was able to bring a fresh perspective to the team which is vital to delivering an increasingly competitive range of services.

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Marketing and Events Intern – The Argentina Independent

Universtiy of Exeter Internships, UoE Internships, SCP, SBP, GBP, A2I

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

As a marketing and events intern I was responsible for editing and sending out the weekly newsletter to subscribers. I also updated the ‘Event’s Directory’ on the website with the latest events going on in the city. The newspaper was keen on interacting with its niche of ex-pat readers so I helped to organise the monthly photo competition and also pub quizzes and found sponsors for prizes. A large Underground Market was also organised and I was responsible for communicating with the independent food and artisan vendors as well as searching for entertainment acts. It was also my role to promote events and competitions though social media. I also helped with a special task of translating subtitles of a Guatemalan film ‘Iximulew Tierra Revuelta’ from Spanish to English.

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

The internship has given me a lot of confidence to try new things and look further into a career abroad where I will be able to utilise my language skills.

Technical Research Assistant – Centre for Alternative Materials and Remanufacturing Technologies, University of Exeter

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

Working with CALMARE my main focus was helping small and medium enterprises in the South West, in the form of ‘Business Assists’ which involved consultancy on materials testing, development and sustainability. This was part-funded through the European Regional Development Fund. The projects were hugely variable, from competitor analysis to product development; from the deployment of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) systems to the development of aesthetic lighting systems.

I also supported the delivery of an art exhibition “From Cowboys to Astronauts” which showcased work from 25 South West artists. It focused on recycled materials, and was designed to promote the concept of circular economy. This involved setting up and taking down at two venues, engaging with the artists, businesses and general public.

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

I developed my networking skills and ability to present myself professionally to businesses. I also improved my time management skills.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I delivered high quality work on time, and used a variety of skills not assessed in the original application; from the design of marketing materials to photography. I was able to add specialist knowledge (physics) to an already varied team, and was quick to learn both the procedural aspects of the job and the extra knowledge needed for the position.

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

Over the last year I have come to accept challenging circumstances in my personal life, and my internship helped me focus and accept what life throws at us.