What it's like to be an intern at UoA (Marketing)

What it's like to be an intern at UoA (Marketing)
2019-07-19
It’s week four into my ten-week summer internship with the Marketing Department. This means it’s time to look back on my experience so far.

The project

One of the reasons I was so excited about this particular Internship was because of how creative the project is. For ten weeks, I am working on ‘Brand Stories’. In other words, I get to meet with lots of intelligent and innovative people across departments. I will collect the hidden stories of the University, and turn those stories into content for the marketing team.

Discovering the Internship

Like many students, I found myself in a panic over my lack of CV-appropriate work experience at the end of my second year of University. The careers service recommended I volunteer at the May Festival.  I spent a couple of weeks helping out the events team in the run up to the festival. This was my first glimpse of the behind-the-scenes of the University, and I was amazed at how much goes on besides teaching!

Fast forward a year and I was once again panicking about making the most of my summer. I saw the advertisement for the Aberdeen Internship and knew I wanted to be involved in another project. I was surprised when I went for my interview that I recognised a few friendly faces from my time volunteering at the May Festival.

One of my favourite lunch spots.

 

Finding my footing

With creative license came confusion. ‘Content’ covers a lot of platforms and for the first week I was apprehensive about how to best tell the University’s stories. Luckily the rest of the marketing team are brilliant at steering me in the right direction. They let me run endless drafts through them.

Now in week four I am feeling much more relaxed and have a better understanding of how to allow each story to speak for itself.

Photos taken between meetings, campus is so quiet and tranquil in the summer.

Highlights

My favourite thing about the internship is how varied my days can be. From getting shown around the new MRI scanner built by scientists at Foresterhill, to speaking to the head of Museums and Collections about the wealth of history they look after. It’s amazing how little you can know about other departments when you are a student!

That’s all from me, I hope I was able to give some insight into what a summer with the Aberdeen Internship Programme looks like! Thanks for reading.

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