Category Archives: Information Technology

Career Zone Website Intern – University of Exeter

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

Working with T4 Site Manager software to update and refine the Career Zone section of the website. I created graphics, logos, new content and a range of other videos to help make the site more appealing to students.

I was also tasked with updating various documents associated with the website, to ensure it remains up-to-date and looked after.

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

My biggest achievement was being able to learn T4 and use it effectively.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

My employer now has a new section of the website they can bring live, with a range of new content that I have created for them.

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

I mainly struggled with T4, but was able to innovate and figure out solutions through the process of trying and failing.

Career Mentor Scheme Administrator – University of Exeter

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

-Communicating with mentors and mentees to ensure the scheme was running smoothly.
-Introducing mentors/mentees.
-Organising spreadsheets fir future schemes.
-Compiling feedback for the scheme.
-Sending out certificates.
-Helping with the career mentor event.

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

I learnt how to communicate effectively with a range of individuals and increased my organisational skills.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

It lightened the workload of my line manager and enabled them to focus on persuading mentors to join the scheme.

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.

Economic Development Project Assistant – Devon County Council

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

My main role in this internship involved analysing the date of project reports  to provide support to programme management and also for marketing projects. This data analysis was done on both excel and arcGIS. I also assisted with answering enquiries from the public, often involving detailed investigation of their issues. Alongside this, I was involved in updating the programme mapping.

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

During a weekly project management meeting with the project managers of CDS, BT and Openreach I suggested an idea which would help bring faster internet than planned to some rural communities by making a certain process more efficient. This idea was adopted with enthusiasm by Openreach and has now been used across 5 projects.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I provided much needed support in a very busy programme. Having an additional resource has helped in the programme’s delivery and allowed communication to be given regularly to members of the public.

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

I had a really slow PC, which made working on large spreadsheets really quite frustrating. I eventually managed to get a slight PC upgrade which improved things. It was a case of waiting on the IT department and so there wasn’t a great deal I could do to speed things up. However, I did learn how to use excel in the most efficient way possible (using quicker types of formulas etc) which meant my processes took 2 hours instead of 8!

Digital Content Intern – Remote Dashboard

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

My main role was to create digital content for Remote Dashboard to post on their social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. I researched topics that would be of interest to their clients, investors and business partners, and then wrote an article about it. There would be 2-3 articles published every week. Topics included the oil and gas industry, renewable energy, Internet of Things and battery/power solutions. If during my research I found a relevant article, I would send it over to the Digital Media Intern to share on social media channels.

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

I became more confident in my capabilities as an intern who is a part of the company. My line manager and the CEO both encouraged me to weigh in my opinions and speak for the company as I was a part of it.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I brought more traffic to their website, and spiked more interest in their content that was now created on the regular, while before this it was once every month or so.

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

Eco-toxicology Development Programme – AstraZeneca

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

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

My main role was to create and develop a Microsoft Excel database of historical control data to assist in the interpretation of eco-toxicology studies undertaken as part of the environmental risk assessment of new pharmaceutical products. I compiled hundreds of individual datasets from studies investigating the effects of pharmaceuticals and other chemicals on aquatic flora, fauna, fish and algae. The aim was to identify anomalies, assess overall variability and so determine warning and action limits for the variability within an individual experiment.

“Having Chris work on the project enabled the data to be collected to be collated in an effective way over a short period of time. We lacked the time and available resources to life the project off the ground and Chris has given complete commitment and focus to the research, as well as a keen eye for detail; which is exactly what we wanted” – Statistician, AstraZeneca

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IT Helpdesk Counter Assistant – University of Exeter

IT Internship, University of Exeter Internship, UoE Internship, SCP, SBP, GBP, A2I

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

My role involved giving front line IT support for students and staff. This encompassed a range of issues and enhanced my IT problem solving skills and communication skills.

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

I found the internship to be a great opportunity to gain real world experience within the workplace. It gave me the opportunity to engage in paid employment that is useful to my future career. I developed real world skills, used my knowledge to help others and developed professional skills within a supportive environment.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

My line manager relied on me heavily to make the IT help desk service work with the new opening of the forum. I provided extensive cover of the counter and helped with new ideas on how to support students in a more efficient manner, showing attention to detail and improvisational skills along the way.

“Without Thomas, the counter service in the Forum would simply not have been successful at all. I’m not entirely sure he’s aware of the value we place on him; however I do know that he’s been a rock for me. As a post grad he was more organised and willing to take on more responsibility, which he didn’t complain about and never rejected” – IT Team Leader

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IT Helpdesk Counter Assistant – University of Exeter

SCP, SBP, GBP, A2I

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

The IT Help Desk is a professional front line service which is the first point of contact for supported computer hardware, software, IT account or other IT related issues; including telephony, audio visual and printing queries. I was based at the helpdesk counter in the Forum where students and staff could directly drop in with their IT queries.

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

As I came from a largely academic background, this internship taught me valuable customer service skills which are transferable to any job.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I adopted new working ideas quickly and was relied upon by my managers to support new members of the team.

“Sid was a flexible and adaptable member of my counter team, an example to his colleagues” – Line Manager

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Public Weather Service Placement Student – Met Office

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

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

During the course of my internship my main tasks included:

  • Updating website content and images
  • Improving search function on website
  • Gathering business requirements for a project called Climate Cloud
  • Gathering business requirements for a project that involved Mass SMS and Cell Broadcasting in an emergency event
  • Updating and improving the DataPoint webpages

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

Completing the business requirements for the use of Mass SMS Vs Cell broadcasting. This document was used to support a meeting that was held in the Cabinet Office, London.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I completed projects that wouldnt have otherwise been done and updated the website to make it more usable for the public improving the Met Office image.