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Student Case Study: Verisk

Name of Student:  Ria Serena Luchun

Degree Subject:  Natural Sciences

Job Title: Energy Consulting Intern

Company Name:  Verisk

Type of Internship:  Access to Internships (A2I) 

What were your key duties and responsibilities during your internship?

My main role during this internship was to provide support creating deliverables for a variety of energy consulting projects, ranging from new energies and renewables all the way upstream to oil and gas. The tasks I carried out were more diverse than the energy sectors I was working in – from forecasting the demand for ammonia-based products globally to in-depth research concerning Jordan’s electricity market structure and even presenting my work to clients. All of this contributed towards creating solutions and fresh energy strategies for external clients.

What was your biggest achievement on your internship?

My biggest achievement over the course of the internship came right as the experience was ending. I had been working on an upstream project for just under a week and was able to successfully present the findings I had made over that short time to high-stake clients with praise for my efforts from them and the project manager. After a rocky start to the internship, this ending really boosted my confidence in myself and my skills which I am quite proud of.

Were there any challenges and how did you overcome these?

The biggest challenge for me was adjusting to a new workplace in a sector which was quite foreign to me. The first project I was placed on had a very demanding workload which was quite overwhelming at first, especially considering that I had very little subject-specific knowledge. Compounded with trying to acclimatise with a completely new work environment and style, the beginning of the internship was a bit tumultuous. This was overcome mainly by working closely with another intern and by seeking support from the other members of the team individually.

Skills Learnt: 

  • Ability to Work Under Pressure
  • Organisation
  • Negotiation

Attributes Developed:

  • Logical thinking
  • Independence
  • Professionalism

Your message to other students considering a similar job role, organisation or sector?

Overall, the internship was a bit of a whirlwind and an incredible learning experience. Being able to work within so many interlinking teams gave me a taste of the advantages to working for such a large, multinational cooperation. The soft skills I’ve gained at university well supported me throughout my journey of learning at Wood Mackenzie and have propelled both my personal and professional development in this collaborative environment. Not only have I increased my skills and employability, but also my confidence in myself and my abilities.

Employer Case Study: Procura Consulting 

Name of Organisation: Procura Consulting

Description of Organisation: Procura Consulting is a boutique management consultancy firm specialising in procurement and supply chain optimisation. Our consultants work closely with all kinds of organisations to improve their profitability by identifying, delivering and maintaining savings in procurement expenditure.

Founded in 2016 we have grown rapidly fuelled by a compelling service offer to clients and a commitment to the highest standards of professionalism and operational excellence. Our success has been recognised with recent nominations for the Management Consultancy Association’s “Best New Consultancy” and “Commercial Excellence” awards.

Name of Employer:  Luke Abbott

Job Title: Manager

Internship Scheme usedGreen Consultants 


“We recruited an intern from the Green Consultant scheme to help develop our Sustainable Procurement service. We are developing a new service that focuses on helping organisations become more sustainable by utilising their procurement function and supply chain.

Our intern researched sustainable solutions and suppliers in different areas of spend, for example, IT and completed completed a number of internal projects focusing on the sustainability of Procura as a business and formulated some great ideas for our sustainable procurement service.

She was a fantastic intern who really took initiative in tasks. Her passion for sustainability is clear. We asked the student to come back and work for us, we offered her a one-month internship in October this year to continue her great work which she accepted. I expect we will offer her another internship or possibly a graduate role once our Sustainable Procurement service is up and running.”

Publicity and Editorial Intern – Rizzoli International Publications

Marketing Internship, A2I

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

With the publicity department I was required to compile press lists, communicate with external media organisations, promote publications, attend a book launch event and write press releases for future publications. With the editorial team I was given an insight into the publishing process, seeing how a book evolves and the necessary steps that take place. One of my tasks was to select 90 images from a collection of 300 of japanese artworks depicting cherry tree blossoms – these were were going to be put into an art book for the Smithsonian. I also proof-read and copy-edited the texts of some future books.

As an intern I was frequently given the chance to shadow departmental meetings and meetings with authors/photographers who came into the office to discuss their books.

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

I learned what it’s like to work within the culture of  a large company in a major city (New York) rather than with smaller local organisations around my home town. This gave me a more ‘professional’ insight into the field of publishing and helped me to decide if it was a career choice for me, both professionally and geographically.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I significantly lightened the workload of my colleagues by completing odd-jobs, proof-reading, uploading publicity clips, sending out books, etc.

Did you encounter any problems during the course of your internship and if so, how did you overcome them?

When I started the internship I was often left to myself, sometimes without being given any tasks to complete. This is somewhat typical of intern work / work experience, especially because of how busy my colleagues were in the office (something to be expected in the nature of a NYC office working environment). To overcome this I actively sought out tasks that I could complete by asking other staff if I could shadow them or if there was anything they could give me. I didn’t just sit there and wait. Originally I was only going to be a ‘publicity intern’, but after befriending some of the editors I used my initiative to offer help to the editorial department also and seem interested and engaged in what they were doing.