Intern002 Blog

Written by Deano
Thursday, 18 April 2013 10:53

So I was asked to blog about my experience so far as an intern. Blogging isn't something I've ever attempted before, but with the impending end of the world I thought now is as good as a time as any!

When people think of "intern" they might imagine someone who has been employed to do all the small jobs, like filing, making appointments or making cups of tea for everyone. This is something someone has said to me when I told them I was an Intern and then explained what I done. They were pleasantly surprised! But so far, working as an intern has been pretty interesting. Graduating from the University of Sunderland (@sunderlanduni) and then being employed by them was an amazing thing to happen to me and I feel very lucky to have gotten this opportunity. And I want to make the most of it!

So I started the position in Student Recruitment 3 months ago, and in this short time I've done so much. Day to day roles include general admin work, helping round the office and manning the university's "Student Helpline" (So you have about roughly a 1 in 10 chance of hearing my voice when you phone that number!). This gives me the chance to try and deal with a students, or potential students, problem. If it’s not something I can help with, then I direct them to someone who is able to help! I'm used to giving advice to people so it’s a role I easily slipped into!
Now the title of "Student Recruitment Intern" seems pretty explanatory. You'd be right to think that too! My main role is to go and speak to potential students and offer advice on making that big step to university. This can either be done by Powerpoint Presentations (That might sound dull, but I try to make it as fun as possible by including comments about Justin Bieber...), by holding workshops on UCAS applications and personal statements, individual tours and open days. This allows me to talk to a wide range of people from many different walks of life. I've already met so many interesting people who have ambition to do something in life and are considering coming to university. To be able to re-assure them that university is a good step for them is a good feeling. And even if university isn't the right choice for them, I will still discuss this with them and make sure that they are making the right choice for themselves.

Now, I've mentioned what I do on a day to day basis. I've also mentioned that I'm not the typical kind of tea making intern (although I do make a cracking cup of tea). So I'll let you in on some of the glamour of the role. Just last week I and another of the interns I work with were invited to the Stadium of Light to sample their new event menus. When you think of football stadium food, you might think a steak and ale pie with a pint of cider. But no! We we're treated to sample a wide variety of delicious food to be served as just party snacks or full blown meals. So I got to sample some of the finger food on offer, and I've got to say, the guy who thought of little disks of mashed potato with mini Cumberland sausages on top is a genius! I also sampled some of the steak that was available, and it was just amazing! They also had chicken breast wrapped in ham with garlic mushrooms inside which was mouth watering-ly good! My only criticism was they weren't serving full portions of the food, but I went back for seconds and thirds!

So I think that's enough chatting about what I do. I have a few more things planned in the New Year but I'll save these for a later blog post. So for now, Au revoir!

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