Internship Case Study

Jack Watters

Environmental Geography Student
Summer Internship 2014
Hydrometric Technician at Hydro-Logic Services

Who was the internship with?

My internship was with Hydro-Logic Services which is a specialist hydrometric and hydrological services consultancy company. They offer consultancy services in water resources management, catchment hydrology, hydrometry, field monitoring and data management. One of Hydro-Logic Service’s main specialities is to provide flow measurement consultancy services including feasibility studies and gauging station design and supervision.

How did you find out about the internship?

I found out about my internship by using the Careers Development Centre within the University. They referred me to The Stirling Internship Programme where I then found an internship opportunity with Hydro-Logic Services, as it my degree of Environmental Geography was relevant to the work involved.

What do you see as the benefits of an internship with a smaller organisation?

Working for a smaller organisation means you have a greater responsibility within the team. An employee can stand out within a small organisation more than they might for a larger company.

How do you think the internship has helped towards planning your future career?

This internship has given me valuable experience to help planning my future career. There is a huge variety of work which other employers will see as valuable assets, including consultancy, data collection and monitoring, hydrological data processing, and the feasibility, design and implementation of hydrological monitoring sites.

What did you enjoy most about the internship and why?

What I enjoyed most was the variety of work and early exposure of the job. No day is the same, and the majority of the work is outdoors. There is lots of travelling to remote parts of Scotland, so you see some fantastic scenery.  This job also involves working with a number of clients, including SSE, Scottish Water and numerous Councils, so whilst you are working for a small organisation, you are working with large companies.

What skills do you feel you have gained from the internship?

I have improved in many skills, including consultancy, computer skills, ability to work towards multiple deadlines in a small period of time, and my time management skills.

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