How did you find out about the internship?
I found out about the internship as I volunteer with the University Archives and Special Collections and was passed along the internship advert by someone there.
Please tell us more about your internship organisation.
The Stirling University Retired Staff Association are collecting oral histories from people who have worked at the University or attended the University. They work closely with the University Archives and Special Collections to manage this.
What were the main tasks you were involved in during your internship?
My main tasks included summarising and cataloguing oral histories.
What did you enjoy most about the internship and why?
I really enjoyed learning new skills. I learnt a lot over the course of the internship.
What skills have you gained and further developed from the internship experience?
Summarising, cataloguing and general archiving skills.
What were the most beneficial aspects of the Stirling Internship Programme for you?
Archives is a very competitive profession and it is essential to get experience. I really appreciated the chance to learn archive skills in a project based environment.
What impact has this internship had on your personal development and your future career planning?
It has reassured me that archives is really what I want to do. It will definitely be beneficial in applying for future roles.
What impact do you feel you have had on the organisation you have worked with?
I really feel like I have helped them - the oral histories was an enormous collection and the work I did will really improve the accessibility of them.
What do you see as the benefits of an internship with this type of organisation?
Working with a voluntary organisation is great because you can really take the lead in your role and be of great help to them.