Careers Advice, Placements, Preparing for your future, Work Experience

Gaining experience on-campus with an internship

Lily tells us about her on-campus internship with the Centre for Education Support and Innovation and how it’s helped boost her employability.

Lily Ginns at work

What does your placement involve?

My placement involves assisting with the evaluation of National Student Survey (NSS) data and evaluating Student Champions teams, including helping structure their work for the next academic year, structure promotions of their activity and evaluate how their work is communicated.

What attracted you to the internship?

I have always had an interest in working for the university and consider student engagement an important part of university life.  I was also looking for an opportunity to enhance my CV for future job applications.  During my degree, I performed a placement in conservation.  Although I enjoyed the year, I do not wish to pursue this as a career so hoped this internship would help me identify areas of work I enjoy and would like to continue to explore.

Describe your experience of working at Cardiff University

I have had a very positive experience – the staff are friendly and helpful and have provided me with lots of opportunities to gain work experience in a variety of tasks.  They give good feedback and make me feel like they value the work I have done.

What did you gain from the internship?

I have gained experience working in an office environment.  This has enhanced my understanding of Microsoft Outlook and One Drive and given me opportunities to develop both independent and teamwork.  The internship has given me experience in time management outside the student environment, including arranging and attending meetings.

Would you recommend completing an internship through Careers and Employability?

Yes – the skills will benefit my CV, I am enjoying my time and it is helping me identify areas of work which I would like to explore.

Lily Ginns, Final year, BSc Biology.

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