Graduate Project Officer – Student Engagement and Academic Success, University of Exeter

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

I was responsible for a project to map the current provision available for student entrepreneurs at the Penryn campus, and to develop an implementation plan in order to increase the parity of provision between the Penryn and Streatham campuses. This involved making contacts in the local business community, researching both the internal and external agencies offering support and mentoring to student start-ups, and to organise the Penryn campus’ first enterprise ideas competition, Launch.

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

I believe the biggest achievement of the internship was the contacts I made with Crowdfunder. Having brought the results of this contact to the FXU’s Director of Student Voice, the prospect of introducing a joint crowdfunding platform between Falmouth and Exeter universities, to be hosted by the FXU, was met with a very positive reception and we hope that this may be the first step in introducing a parity of provision between the FXU and the Student Guild.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I was able to invest my time in an area which requires improvement, and also to provide a contact for students and agencies alike to ask questions and share ideas with. The implementation plan by its nature may increase expenditure in this particular area, but due to the extensive research behind the recommendations contained within it, hopefully the money will be purposefully spent on initiatives that will most directly meet student demand.