BUIP Internship – Student Policy Communications Project Co-ordinator.

By Bukky Oluyole, BUIP Intern

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I had heard about the Birmingham University Internship Programme since my first year. I applied for some roles in my first year, but I didn’t get through. I knew my applications weren’t as strong now that I look back. Having spent an exchange year in Chicago, I knew I had to come back and spend my summer doing some sort of work experience/internship. I awaited the opening of BUIP and applied to five roles, I got invited to three interviews and I finally landed the role of Student Policy Communications Project Co-ordinator. To be quite honest, I didn’t think much into my expectations of the role, I was just excited to have finally landed an internship and I was certain that no matter what I did, it would improve my employability skills in some shape or manner.

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Case Study: Gaining Work Experience During Term Time

By Wei Wei Ruan, student worker at Worklink

How important is work to you when you are studying and why?

Working during my degree is quite important for me because of several reasons. In the first place, it should be mentioned that it has helped me to organize my time, so since I started working while I am studying, I have had to coordinate my time between my studies and my work. As a consequence, I have learnt how to take advantage of the time and not wasting it. Secondly, I have become more mature and independent, as it has let me know what working means and how hard is making a living. Therefore, now I know how to control my money and be more comprehensive with my parents. Finally, during my work I have met new friends with whom I have learnt how to work in groups and the importance of communication, which is essential for any jobs. I have to mention as well, that I have improved my language skill thanks to the work, as I come from Spain and one of my purposes to come here is to improve my English.  Continue reading

Why do we think the icing should be perfect on the first attempt? My Internship as a PGR Online Gateway Officer with the University Graduate School

By Jasmin Samra, BUIP Intern

Over the summer, I have been working with the University Graduate School (UGS) team as a Postgraduate Researcher Online Gateway Officer.

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I would say that there are three core reasons to why I applied for the BUIP programme. Being an undergraduate student, I never really thought much about what actually goes on ‘behind the scenes’ at a University, but it is something that seemed interesting. BUIP was the perfect opportunity to delve deep into the world of Higher Education (HE). Furthermore, I like to take part in projects that make a real difference to a group of individuals and I felt that a project within HE would allow me to make a positive contribution to a student community. Lastly, I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and manage a project by myself for the first time so that I could build upon my project management skills from my previous internship where I also co-managed a project.

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