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Intern Aliya Zhussupova
Intern Aliya Zhussupova gives a presentation about her project
This year's interns with Diane Hay, Head of Careers
This year's interns with Diane Hay, Head of Careers - L-R (front) Lucy Holmes, Andrew Bate, Victoria Stewart; (back) Diane Hay, Aliya Zhussupova, Mats Kuuskemaa, Ekaterina Gerasimova (click to enlarge)

Internal News - 03 September 2008

University Student Internship Scheme enjoys success for second year

The University Student Internship scheme, co-ordinated by the Careers Advisory Service and partly funded by the University Strategic Fund, has been running on campus for the second year this summer.

Six undergraduates, (specifically not on placement courses) were selected to undertake a 10-week project within an administrative department.

Departments from across the University were invited to submit details of projects, job descriptions and expected learning outcomes for the proposed internships.

Lucy Holmes, a Biology student, worked in the Careers Advisory Service. She was given two projects: to compile international graduate case studies and to create podcasts of alumni from Bath talking about their careers since leaving Bath.

Lucy said: "The internship has helped me to develop lots of transferable skills for the future and we hope that students will get lots of useful job and application information from these new resources."

Victoria Stewart from the Department of Mathematics was placed in the Recruitment & Admissions Office. She undertook a marketing project which aims to promote the University to prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students from the UK, EU and overseas.

The Learning and Teaching Enhancement Office employed two interns:

Andrew Bate (Mathematics) took a short, hands-on course as a learning technologist so that he could enhance staff capacity within e-learning over the summer, whilst Aliya Zhussupova (Social Policy and Administration) worked as a policy researcher.

Aliya talked about what she has gained from the experience: "I think this summer internship is a great opportunity for those on a three-year programme. Getting a real taste of subject-related employment, and working alongside experts with huge experience in the field, has rocketed up my future employment opportunities. Thanks!"

Ekaterina Gerasimova from Economics worked with the University Archivist to create a unique digital preservation, cataloguing and retrieval procedure for the University's extensive photographic collection.

Her supervisor, Lizzie Richmond, said: "Kat listened to what I wanted to achieve and then designed and developed a programme to deliver results way beyond what I'd hoped for! The project benefited enormously from her technical and photographic expertise and her enthusiasm, and I hope that, along the way, she learned a bit about how the Library works.

"I would certainly recommend the internship scheme to other departments. My project wouldn't have got off the ground without Kat's input."

Mats Kuuskemaa, who is studying Politics with Economics, worked in the Students’ Union. He was involved in organising online elections for student academic representatives which will be held for the first time in October 2008. His responsibilities included preparing the publicity materials and rewriting the academic section of the Students’ Union’s website.

Diane Hay, Head of the Careers Advisory Service, says the scheme is now established as a regular opportunity for students and departments.

Students: Would you be interested in a Summer Internship next year? The vacancies will be advertised on the homepage in Semester 2.

Departments: Would you like to employ an intern to carry out a specific project next summer? You will be contacted by the Careers Office in the New Year and asked to submit proposals.