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

Blog #5 – Week 6 – Goodbye Melbourne Museum :’(  

M'bourne6This week has been the week I’ve been looking forward to most and least simultaneously. For t
his is the week I finally get to the donor of the historical items that formed the basis of the entire internship! As the collection was actually inaccessible to me, the oral history session we would conduct with the donor would not be so much about the objects themselves, but more a background of her life growing up, and the preamble to the stories which the objects tell. Continue reading

Blog #4 – Week 5 at Melbourne Museum

M'bourne4This week I was fortunate enough to see how the museum deals with external requests for access to the store and museum objects, and how it is co-facilitated by curators and colle

tion managers equally. The museum had recently receieved a request from a group of retired workers from a Victoria bank that had closed business. This historical association approached the museum requesting to see any historical items or documents that the museum held in its collection regarding the Victorian bank for which they used to work. Continue reading