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Three reasons why offering an internship is a good idea

Sep 08, 2017

Julie Waddicor, Head of Student Experience and Engagement
Julie Waddicor, Head of Student Experience and Engagement

Reflecting on the success of last year’s Graduate Internship Programme we recognise this was down to help and support of schools and departments across the University who hosted interns and we need your valuable support again.

Julie Waddicor, Head of Student Experience and Engagement, said: “Our intern worked across the department and completed not only the projects we had given her but pitched in with others too. She brought skills that we didn’t have at the time and we benefitted greatly. I found it very rewarding personally to work with our intern and support her career development.”

 

 

Still undecided? Consider the following benefits:

1.    It’s a trial period and a great way to see the intern’s skills and work ethic. You might choose to extend the internship after 12 weeks. Many of last year’s interns went on to further work at the University. 

Marketing Officer Adele Jones said: “I really enjoyed the challenges associated with managing one of the interns and really saw them develop over the 12 weeks. They have now gone on to be offered a job in the ICZ team which is brilliant!”

2.    Get extra help with projects you’re struggling to complete. Graduates complete internships to strengthen their CV and gain experience to draw upon in future interviews. Give them real, meaningful work that will benefit your department and ultimately the intern too. Tony Libby, School Operations Manager in The School of Environment & Life Sciences said: “The internship proved beneficial to both the intern and the School. They were able to complete a number of tasks to a high standard that we'd simply not been able to resource previously.”

3.    Gain Fresh Perspective by challenging the traditional way of doing things.  Interns can be good at questioning processes and often see a better way of doing things that their colleagues might not.

An internship isn’t something to take lightly—you need to provide mentorship and training to facilitate the intern’s development of additional skills for their career. If you can’t dedicate your time it won’t be a beneficial experience for either of you.

Dr Vicky Halliwell, Associate Dean Academic in the School of Health Sciences said: “It was really useful to have three interns in the office so they could offer peer support which appeared to make a huge difference. Given the nature of my role I am not available all day everyday so having other key staff to liaise with was important.”

“Due to the nature of the intern’s role and how the team works, our intern was able to get support from different people to support the qualitative aspect of the project," said Dr Anna Cooper from the School of Health Sciences. 

By employing an intern you will not only provide vital experience to a recent graduate but can also gain an extra pair of hands to complete a project or tasks.

The deadline to submit internship opportunities has now been extended until 30th September. 

You can submit your opportunities here

If you have any questions regarding the internship programme please contact Tim Ward at t.ward@salford.ac.uk or Matt Awang at m.awang@salford.ac.uk for an informal discussion.