Olivia Cox

  • Olivia Cox

    Marketing Intern 2014-2015, Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment.

    When I graduated Oxford Brookes University with a degree in Drama, I wanted to go into Publishing. I didn’t have enough experience or training in the software programs to get the job that I wanted. When I saw the internship advertised, they were offering to train me in all the areas I needed and giving me the experience to get a job in publishing.

    The internship was split into three parts and the first one I was working in was General Marketing and Communications. I helped to support two of the Open Days at our Gipsy Lane site, wrote quite a few news stories, organised meetings, did some photography, some proofreading and copy editing, and learnt about and gained experience in a lot of different aspects of admin and office work.

    The second role was General Marketing and Placements, during which I did a lot of InDesign work including designing adverts, posters, brochures and pop-up banners. I also wrote post-event emails using Dotmailer, did some stock controlling, supported Applicant Day, learnt how minute-take and write agendas and used these in meetings. I also helped to support some of our Virtual Open Days, staffed a stall at London Book Fair and gave a talk about the internships to a group of current students.

    The final stage (and the one I was most looking forward to as the one I wanted more training in) was the Digital and Web marketing role. I started off the role being thrown into the big project of filming and editing of videos for the postgraduate Virtual Open Day, though I hadn’t done either of these before. I have maintained our social media presence across all of our schools and departments using software called Sprout Social including scheduling posts, responding to messages, finding new followers, as well as using Sprout Social and Google Analytics to write reports to the Heads of Department on the state of our online presence. I’ve also been involved in some big projects such as organising the designing, printing and sending of the alumni newsletters for our faculty.

    My employment prospects have dramatically improved since doing the internship as I have gained experience I could only have dreamed of elsewhere. The staff are friendly and incredibly supportive as they help you develop as a person as well as an employee. I hope future interns get as much out of the experience as I have.