Internships: Dipping your toes into the workforce and gaining practical experience

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During university and in the early years of your career it is so important to expose yourself to new and exciting opportunities to gain a practical understanding of the industry. Internships give students the opportunity to dip their toes in the water in different working environments and areas of the industry.

Having previously interned with a few different companies, I was keen to intern somewhere that had an established intern program that genuinely seeks to enhance the academic and industry knowledge of their interns, and IMPACT has just that.

Setting clear and realistic learning goal was not something I’d done at previous internships, but with IMPACT’s learning contract I was able to evaluate my understanding of PR and pick a few key goals that I wanted to work on to ensure I would be job ready (or almost job ready) when I finished university. I arrived on my first day sure that I was going to have every opportunity to reach my learning goals.

My three key goals were to develop my confidence with reporting, researching and writing. As soon as I communicated these areas I felt I needed to develop; there wasn’t a day that went by where I didn’t work on a task related to one of the goals.

As an intern, you sometimes have to pitch in with odd tasks, occasionally it’s a post office run or helping to pack for office moving day and sometimes it’s attending The Growth Faculty’s An Evening with Malala Yousafzai (that last one is a definite highlight –one of the most inspiring women, ever!).

Interning with IMPACT isn’t all work and no play. IMPACT has a people-first culture that encourages teamwork and productivity. There’s playful office pups, Friday team lunches (which have definitely reignited my love of a good Grill’d burger), and daily team hustles that encourage everyone to celebrate the little wins every day.

I’m delighted to be staying on part-time while I finish my studies, gaining practical experience with a wonderful team and continuing to build on theoretical knowledge gained at university.

 

Jess Thornton, IMPACT Account Assistant