Brookes Enterprise Support hold successful micro-internship scheme
BES team up with over a dozen startup businesses founded by Brookes alumni to give current students the experience they need to propel their careers.
Brookes Enterprise Support is continuing to support the university’s students and start-up businesses with a series of micro-internships we helped facilitate last month. These interns are working within small businesses founded by Brookes alumni. This valuable opportunity has provided the interns with real-world work experience and allowed them to gain an insight into the world of start-ups, actively supporting them to meet their business goals.
For the businesses helping us make these internships possible, they were able to reap the benefits of these wonderfully passionate interns allowing them some well needed extra capacity. Brookes Enterprise Support have always been passionate about bringing the entrepreneurial community together and with this scheme we hope to build meaningful connections, encourage talent sharing, and create lasting partnerships.
We worked with 10 start-ups to facilitate these remote micro-internships across various different industries. The scheme has proved a glowing success for all involved, with marketing consultancy Equalify Marketing and social media strategy service Maid in Media going on to retain their respective interns, Carolina Prosser and Melina Saoulidou, after the internship scheme was over. The feedback from the interns was also overwhelmingly positive; Harry Chi Li remarked how ‘exciting’ it was to gain ‘hands-on digital marketing experience’ during his time at SUS Consultants and Maria Vecchione remarked how her time at Good Boost provided her with ‘a stimulating and dynamic work environment’ in which to learn new skills.
We also had a further 5 start-ups taking part in this micro-internship scheme who were participants in Catalyst, our tech start-up accelerator delivered in partnership with the Institute for Ethical AI. The interns have provided much needed support to the start-ups whilst they have been taking part in Catalyst as proven by interns Cary Reyes and Jigyasha Kathrani having their contracts extended beyond the internship scheme by Weyouchain and The Devon Card. Regarding his experience of the micro-internship, Cary Reyes said that "Despite having no experience working in technology, Jasraj (founder of Weyouchain) made me feel like I was part of the team" and that he "would highly recommend (the internship) - you'll experience and learn considerably quicker in this environment".
It has been a delight to collaborate with these start-ups and we are so proud to see how far all the interns have come during their time on this internship scheme. Make sure to check out all the startups mentioned here and, if you want to stay informed the next time internships are available at Brookes Enterprise Support, subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date!