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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My Planning Work Experience

Louisa Ward, 3rd Year Geography and Planning

I have been fortunate enough to get work experience at a private planning consultancy last summer at Cerda Planning based in Sutton Coldfield, and at a transport planning consultancy last Christmas at Phil Jones Associates, based in Longbridge.

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Louisa Ward at Cerda Planning, Sutton Coldfield

Planners are involved in the making and shaping of place. They make long and short-term decisions about the management and development of cities, towns, villages and the countryside. They aim to balance the conflicting demands of housing, industrial development, agriculture, recreation, transport and the environment, in order to allow appropriate development to take place.

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An internship where you aren’t treated as an intern

Shiani Felton – Mentoring Project Assistant with Careers Network

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Mattbuck [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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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