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Role: Marketing and Research Communications intern
Department/faculty: Humanities and Social Sciences
With regards to marketing I have been tasked with writing articles about the interesting things staff and students have been doing and putting them on the Oxford Brookes website. I have also recorded postgraduate questionnaire answers on excel.
In research I have recently helped organise a book launch for some of the academics new publications. I assisted in finding a suitable venue and designed posters and bookmarks to accompany the event. I am also redesigning and updating the faculty research newsletter which will be distributed across the departments.
I’ve learned the importance of being able to juggle different projects at the same time and keep to deadlines. I feel more confident in being able to independently search for information via email or face to face, and talk to a lot of different people whilst still knowing clearly what I’m doing.
The intern programme is a great way of getting a taste of what work life is like. You’re trained in a lot of different ways and you get experience which covers a broad area of the working environment, be it in marketing, administration or research.
Although going on to postgraduate study has its merits, never underestimate the importance of getting work experience. Sometimes that can make all the difference to an employer. I was keen to get a taste of working life, and so this internship programme provided the perfect opportunity.
I already feel confident being in a professional working environment and the skills which I’ve developed as a consequence. I feel I can apply to other jobs afterwards knowing that I have a year's worth of invaluable experience behind me.