An Internship As An Organising Fellow On Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign

By Joe Armer, BA Modern Languages Student

This summer I was lucky enough to work for Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign as an Organising Fellow in Dayton, Ohio, one of the key battlegrounds in the election.

picture1As an organising fellow, I was, in essence, a trainee organiser on the Ohio Democratic Party Co-ordinated Campaign, responsible for electing Democrats up and down the ballot.

Unsure what I was going to do with the summer after my Year Abroad in France and Spain, I started applying to jobs, internships and work experience over the Easter Holidays. Working on a campaign is something I’ve always wanted to do but British election campaigns always seemed to clash with exam season so I was never able to do more than the occasional bit of volunteering.

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A taste of professional life: My internship as Internal Communication Project Officer for the Birmingham International Academy

Pavinder Bhangu, BIA Internal Communication Project Officer (BUIP)


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This summer I worked as an Internal Communication Project Officer for the Birmingham International Academy (BIA). I decided to apply because I knew the internship, being 9-5 for 10 weeks, would give me a real taste of a professional job and prepare me for a graduate scheme. I thought a communications role was ideal, given my current student PR role at the University.

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Get stuck into your internship

Chancellors Court

Being an average all-rounder and studying such a broad course as International Business with Spanish – I’ve always found it extremely hard to know what career path I want to take after University. With fourth year looming and sadly my time at the University drawing to an inevitable close, I saw the Birmingham Undergraduate Internship Programme (BUIP)as a great way to gain work experience and (I hoped) get a little closer to discovering what it is I want to do. After a tough interview, I was fortunate enough to land the summer internship with Student Services!

For the past 8 weeks I have been working within the Funding, Graduations and Awards Team, reviewing the information on studenthelp and improving/ adding additional FAQs in where necessary – sound a bit like a dull office job? To be quite honest, it was…until I took complete ownership of the role, the project in hand, and once I really understood what was expected of me. It was only then that I was able to set out and achieve my objectives. Continue reading