Stephanie recently completed a Student Experience Internship working as an employability intern in the School of Maths before going into the final year of her degree.
I would definitely encourage other students to apply for the student experience internships...... I have had the opportunity to learn a wide range of skills which will be useful in any future role.
How do you think the internship has helped you in your degree and future career?
The project I have worked on has helped me develop lots of employability skills which will be really useful to draw on in interviews and application forms. I now have some solid examples of things employers often ask about, such as ‘completing a project’ and ‘giving a presentation’, and can use these to show I am able to manage my time well, use my initiative, work to a deadline etc.
Also, through collecting information and gaining feedback throughout the project, I have had many networking opportunities and now have lots of useful contacts across the university.
Researching the actual content for the website has been really useful too. As I’m about to start my final year, all the information I found has been really relevant and will definitely be of use as I apply to graduate jobs.
What advice would you give to someone thinking of applying to an internship and what skills/experience do you think are necessary to be successful in your application?
Having a good CV was probably vital to even be considered for an interview in the first place. Having lots of extra things on there, like work experience, volunteering and involvement in teams and clubs, is really important. (You can look at the new careers pages I made for more advice!)
I would definitely encourage other students to apply for the student experience internships. Although they have the downside that they will not lead to an offer of graduate employment, I have had the opportunity to learn a wide range of skills which will be useful in any future role.
I think being able to talk about previous work experience, what you can bring to the role and skills you already have is useful in demonstrating your suitability during the interview.
Is there anything you wish you’d done before the placement to help you prepare for either the application process or the work itself?
I knew my internship involved improving the careers information available to students, so I made sure I had a good knowledge of what was already available and also had a think about what additional content I’d like to see on there from a current student's perspective.
I’d never worked on a website before, but everything I needed to know about using the software was taught in my first week.
What was the highlight of your internship and your biggest achievement within the role?
My main project was updating the careers section of The School of Maths webpages. Being able to see the completed pages at the end of my internship was really rewarding; it’s great that I have a completed piece of work to show for my time here and I believe it will be genuinely useful to other students.