The Graduate Internship Programme at LSBU gives
SMEs the chance to work with a recent graduate for a set period of time.The students
benefit from putting their learning into practice and improving their CV, while
the organisation benefits from extra resource and the fresh insight, enthusiasm and
professionalism that LSBU graduates possess in abundance.
The NFRC found out about the programme thanks to their existing links with LSBU: “We
thought it would be a good initiative to be involved with.”
In order to match the NFRC with the most suitable candidates,
LSBU undertook shortlisting on behalf of the organisation, recommending three
candidates for interview. “LSBU then
went a step further when it came to the interviews,” says Debbie. “A member of
staff sat in on the interviews with us, offering an extra viewpoint, which helped
us to make a decision quickly.”
The market research project
The successful candidate, Miguel John, worked
on several projects for NFRC, which will have a lasting impact on the
organisation. One such task was a market
research and benchmarking report, something he was able to deliver for the NFRC thanks to the marketing specialisation he had undertaken as part of his degree.
report collected data that we had not previously had access to,” says Debbie.
“It’s going to become the basis for a more in-depth analysis, carried out by a
Intern versus temp
One of the advantages that hiring an LSBU
intern over a temp, Debbie feels, is the opportunity for the intern to work
intensively and focus on specific projects: “We felt that the focus on specific
projects was a more worthwhile route to take, which is how we came to engage
with the programme,” she explains.
Advice for businesses taking on interns
Debbie feels that to get the most out of an
internship, as NFRC did with Miguel, it pays to be prepared. “There are a few
bits of advice I would pass on to other companies which can really help you to
make the internship a success for both parties – it’s a great thing to be
involved with and I’m delighted that Miguel took so much away from the time he
spent with us.”
Debbie’s checklist for a successful
Be prepared! The internship passes quickly, so plan what you want,
and estimate how long each task will take.
Carry out a full induction, making sure that your intern knows how
to use all the programmes and equipment they will need to fulfil their role.
Hold regular meetings – a weekly debrief can help both you and the
intern, and reviewing progress and offering feedback helps make sure you are
using their skills efficiently.
If you would like to work with an LSBU graduate intern,
complete this application form by 30 September 2016.