I would highly recommend the Birmingham Undergraduate Internship Programme to others in the future.
From working with the Careers Network staff I gained a better insight into the not-for-profit sector and how best to enter a career in such fields. I also learnt how to seek out hidden opportunities with organisations by using social media websites such as LinkedIn to speak directly to employers in a professional environment. Additionally the skills I developed during my time as a BUIP intern such as the ability to write executive reports, accurate data collection and other administrative skills are listed on many of the job descriptions for roles within NGOs which I have been researching. This internship has pushed me a big step closer to gaining the career I want and I am very grateful that such an opportunity was available to me.
I feel that the internship gave me a lot of skills that other interns may not have had due to the amount of responsibility I was given. It gives me a lot to talk about and I can use these transferrable skills for any job I apply to.
…the amount of freedom I was given by my supervisor and the rest of the team [was the best part of my internship]. I wasn't treated like an intern, but more like an actual team member which was really appreciated. I was able to come up with my own ideas and implement them, rather than being spoon-fed tasks.
The high level of responsibility and independence I was given [was the best part of my BUIP internship]. It felt like a genuine experience of a career on this sector. A huge step from my previous work experience.