Name of Student: Kathryn Bullough
Degree Subject: MSci Zoology
Job Title: Research assistant (COVID-19 plastic bottle pollution)
Company Name: University of Exeter
Type of Internship: Student Campus Partnerships (SCPs)
What were your key duties and responsibilities during your internship?
Carrying out a literature review and data analysis of both public poll data and plastic bottle count data to determine how plastic bottle pollution has changed throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
What outputs and outcomes did you deliver for your employer?
Created a publishable report detailing all my findings, along with a blog and presentation to access wider audiences. Discovered that plastic bottle pollution has decreased during the pandemic, however this is likely to be short-lived as life returns to normal.
What was your biggest achievement on your internship?
As part of my time working with the #Oneless team, I was tasked with producing a report detailing how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted plastic bottle pollution. Using a multi-methods approach, I carried out a literature review, analysis of public poll data, and analysis of plastic bottle count data, coming to the conclusion that bottle pollution has decreased, however this is likely to be short-lived as life returns to normal. As a result, I ended up producing a publishable report that will be used by the #Oneless team to determine their strategy coming out of the pandemic, as well as being submitted to a journal later this year.
- Ability to Work Under Pressure
- Strategic Planning
- Decision Making
- Logical thinking
- Creative thinking
- Work Ethic
Your message to other students considering a similar job role, organisation or sector?
“My internship experience was a lot more challenging, but also a lot more rewarding than I expected. I was really pushed to reach my full potential, and as a result produced a genuinely useful and original report that will be used to guide future policies related to conservation.”