8 Weeks an Intern

Nina Ma, International Employer Liaison Assistant (Hong Kong and Singapore)

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As a first year psychology student, I found it extremely hard for me to find an internship, left alone a degree-related one, since there is so few out there. When I was desperately searching, I came across Birmingham Undergraduate Internship Programme (BUIP) on the Careers Network work experience website. I was surprised but excited by the fact that it was campus-based, paid, and most importantly, open to first year students. Coming from China, I didn’t really know much about the British higher education system, so I thought, why not gave it a try? With slim hope but huge curiosity, I applied for four of the eleven positions and eventually got the chance to work for Careers Network as an International Employer Liaison Assistant (Hong Kong and Singapore). Continue reading

An internship where you aren’t treated as an intern

Shiani Felton – Mentoring Project Assistant with Careers Network

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Having just completed my year in industry placement as part of my Business Management degree, one of the key things that I have learnt is that you never know if you will like working in a role or a sector until you give it a go! I had never really given much thought to working in Higher Education (and I found that a lot of the other interns felt the same) so I think that doing a BUIP internship is a really good chance to learn more about what sort of roles exist at the university outside of academia.

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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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