Name of Student: Saskia Hendy
Degree Subject: Conservation biology and ecology
Job Title: Research Assistant
Company Name: Envirotech R & D Ltd
Description of Organisation:
Envirotech R & D Ltd is a family business, passionate about the environment and climate change. Eliminating growing problems faced, such as, coastal erosion, flooding, cliff erosion, converting mining and brownfield sites, and land reclamation, using their technology to grow effectively and quickly.
Type of Internship:
Student Business Partnerships (SBPs)
What were your key duties and responsibilities during your internship?
My key responsibilities were to travel to the Isles of Scilly to observe and assist in the scientific trials that were conducted on coastal erosion. Then to write a scientific report based on the result of the trials. I also conducted extra research for the company in possible areas of development.
What was your biggest achievement on your internship?
My biggest achievement during the internship was the end scientific report I produced. It was around 3500 words and was described as ‘exceptional’ by the company’s owner. She has also forwarded the report to a few contacts within the environmental and enterprise area to emphasise the company’s success of the trials. I have also personally gained insight into how a start-up company operates and gains momentum, as well as increasing my confidence and leaving my comfort zone by travelling and staying with the company of the Isles of Scilly.
Were there any challenges and how did you overcome these?
There were some challenges during the trial, with the logistics of the Isles of Scilly more complicated than neither me nor the company knew. As well as some other supply issues, however these were overcome with the determination of the company significantly evident.
- Degree specific – report writing, copy writing.
- Strategic Planning
- Problem solving
- Teamwork and Collaboration
- Logical thinking
- Creative thinking
- Work Ethic
Your message to other students considering a similar job role, organisation or sector?
“Working with a small, start-up environmental company that’s extremely passionate about the environment and making a positive difference in this climate crisis, has been a rewarding experience. I gained valuable experience in the field while also improving my scientific writing and researching skills that will be useful during, and after, my degree. It has opened my eyes to my future post-graduate opportunities and possible jobs in the environmental field. I was able to travel to the Isles of Scilly with the company to complete scientific trials on coastal erosion, an area I am very interested in, and produce significant results that could have a positive effect on the environment.”
Employer Quote and Link to Case Study
“A very positive experience, the students that we interviewed were impressive. Good communication from the University and assistance throughout the process.”