Name of Organisation: Regeneratus Consulting 1 Limited
Description of Organisation: Based in Exeter, Regeneratus Consulting is a consultancy firm with a focus on helping develop and improve businesses of all shapes and sizes from owner-managed SMEs to FTSE 100 companies. We are currently helping clients with turnovers ranging from £100k to £20bn.
Name of Employer: Robert Install
Job Title: Managing Director
Internship Scheme used: Access to Internships (A2I), Student Business Partnerships (SBPs)
I was really impressed with our Business Analyst intern. He was polite, organised and efficient with good insight and an impressive commercial acumen. He helped source potential funders for a debt advisory mandate we were involved with which generated some income and also provided some helpful research and analysis. I am confident that he will have a highly successful career and I was particularly impressed with the diligence he was showing in terms of sourcing graduate roles and summer internships in his first year.
The Internship Scheme run by the University exceeded our expectations, the quality of the applicants and the intern we hired was very impressive. I would recommend it to any small business looking to source potential graduate talent and help develop students for the workplace and when the business requires it, will certainly be using the service again.
Quote from Intern:
“Aided in providing debt advisory services to a Welsh government-backed construction group, by securing £3m against assets. As well as, led research for in-house investment opportunities; created target profiles, forecasted returns and made recommendations.”
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?
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!