Name of Student: Ayooluwatomi Adesina
Degree Subject: MA Creative Writing
Job Title: SCP 5342 Research Intern
Company Name: University of Exeter
Type of Internship: Student Campus Partnerships (SCPs)
What were your key duties and responsibilities during your internship?
I was part of a team that analysed and coded extracted data under several categories. I weekly analysed data from the viral #BringBackOurGirls campaign as we looked at the impact of the post-humanitarian advocacy. As a Nigerian, I also offered insight into the political landscape in the region of our research.
What outputs and outcomes did you deliver for your employer?
Output = A series of interpreted and coded data (viral tweets) on the #BringBackOurGirls campaign from 2014 to 2017.
Outcomes = To be determined by later stage analysis, which was yet to be carried out when concluding this internship.
What was your biggest achievement on your internship?
I had initially joined the research team to translate and analyse data (tweets) in local Nigerian languages. However, a need for more coders on the unit arose, and I decided to pick up a new skill. I learnt how to code and took on this new role in assisting the team, which increased our work output rate.
- Ability to Work Under Pressure
- Strategic Planning
- Decision Making
- Creative thinking
- Work Ethic
Your message to other students considering a similar job role, organisation or sector?
“I was attracted to this internship because of the opportunity to be part of a team investigating society’s response to humanitarian issues. This project focused on international and domestic #BringBackOurGirls campaigns. I am pleased by the progress I have made on this project – from analysing and coding tweets to being a part of several brainstorming sessions that shaped different aspects of the project. Aside from improving my collaborative research skills, I had the privilege of working with inspiring lecturers like Dr Stacey Hynd and Dr Elena Gadjanova. They made the experience surreal. Finally, I am grateful for other research interns on the project.”