My BUIP Internship as an International Employer Liaison Assistant

By Eliana, BUIP Intern


Roger Kidd [CC BY-SA 2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

I was in my year abroad in Moscow, Russia, juggling between an intensive Russian language course and the beautiful, but icy, Moscow streets. I was motivated in getting work experience, to further develop my skills and employability, but being in Russia, I did not have the opportunity to attend any interviews or assessment centres. On Worklink, I noticed a vacancy for Employer Liaison Assistant for the Middle East, which immediately attracted my attention. Studying Russian Studies and International Relations, I am very interested in international affairs and business, so I decided to apply.

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My Placement With BCFC

Picture2By Zac, Sports Science Student

I began my placement with Birmingham City Football Club on 7th March 2016. I received this opportunity from my School Careers and Employability Officer, Dr Mike White, and proceeded with the application independently. I was successful in the interview and gained a placement position that ran for a year (March 16 to March 17).

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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.


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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