Sheffield graduate internship: School of Languages and Cultures
After completing a BA in Germanic Languages from Trinity College Dublin and teaching abroad, I completed an MA in Germanic Studies in January 2014. I enjoyed my time as a student in Sheffield immensely and was pleased to be offered the chance to join the University as a member of staff.
Since December 2013 I’ve been part of a team of graduate interns. I’m based in the School of Languages and Cultures and have spent the last few months researching the School’s market position and student recruitment methods, and assisting with open days. I’ve really enjoyed developing my IT skills, which culminated in the creation of a website for recruiting international students. I’ve also been supporting our social media channels and recently led a workshop for academics on how to get the most out of Twitter for their research and communication with students.
It has been interesting to learn about the University from the perspective of a member of staff, and this experience has made me appreciate how integral academic and support staff are to a student’s education experience. The internship has shown me the wealth of opportunities available in higher education and has been instrumental in my decision to pursue a career in this sector.
Recently I have been offered a secondment post as Digital Content Editor in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and am very much looking forward to starting it. I can only encourage other graduates to apply for an internship with the scheme – you’ve got so much to gain!