What an Intern can do for your business

At Step, we are often asked by businesses where we feel students and graduates can add value and help them. There is sometimes a misapprehension that they will require constant supervision, and will not contribute significantly in return.

However, many of our students and graduates have completed valuable and substantial projects through 8-12 week internships; these are often related to a piece of work that permanent members of staff don’t have time (or in some cases the skills and knowledge) to do.

In Spring 2017 I published a blog with some examples showing the breadth and diversity of what Step interns and placement students have undertaken and achieved, primarily in a small business setting – across a wide range of industry sectors, in locations across the UK.

We have organised many more internships in the meantime, so I felt it was time for an update. Below are some examples:

  • Business support: The Business Manager of a national Training Provider was looking for help across a variety of areas in their Yorkshire head office, including accounts, product development, marketing and quality management. A Business Management graduate with varied skills was taken on- and did so well that a permanent role was created for her.
  • Data Analysis: A shipping business from Suffolk took on an Economics graduate to work on a project to review customer related data analytics to see if there was a better way to use the information to help improve their service to customers, and ensure that they were making the most of these relationships.
  • Research and Investigation: Graduates with a variety of degrees including Law, Civil Engineering and Geography were taken on by a Shropshire consultancy to use specialist GIS Software, undertake research and investigation into land ownership, and to prepare Compulsory Purchase Orders.
  • Internal Communications: A Surrey based multinational logistics services organisation took on a Psychology graduate, who was responsible for producing press releases, weekly newsletters and case studies, and the analysis of communications including producing video content and updating the company’s intranet.
  • E-commerce Marketing: A luxury goods retailer from London appointed a Marketing graduate to help with e-commerce website management, including online marketing projects and selecting and presenting images of the products.
  • Engineering: A West-Midlands company was given a large project of work by one of their clients; they took on a Mechanical engineering graduate to help. The graduate interacted with the customer, and generated ideas into a working prototype and subsequently into a working machine.
  • Event Management: A London based membership body with over 5,000 members hosted a conference at Olympia; an Events graduate was taken on to help with the planning and organisation, and took the lead in key areas.

Do you have a project that could perhaps work for an internship, maybe a piece of work that needs doing but you haven’t had the resources or time? Or a permanent opportunity that could be suitable for a graduate? Please get in touch to discuss further: 0115 871 8740 or nottingham@step.org.uk

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