Who was your internship with?
My internship was with Destination Stirling. It is a new organisation responsible for delivering the tourism agenda for the region. The aim is to develop and promote Stirling as a destination of first choice for a high quality, value for money and memorable customer experience, delivered by skilled and passionate people.
How did you find out about the internship?
Destination Stirling advertised their internship through the through the Stirling Internship Programme. The internship vacancy was advertised through the University Job Shop, who I am registered with and receive regular job alerts from.
What do you see as the benefits of an internship with a smaller organisation?
In my time as an intern I have been involved in several very exciting projects such as helping to design a visitor guide, helping to create and design a new company website, organising a transport project, planning and executing social media content and writing blog articles.
Working in a small company, I really got to take ownership of projects and use my own initiative without being able to rely on constant supervision. I was working in a team of three people, this meant I was much more than ‘just an intern’, I was a valued team member and my opinion mattered. I was allowed to choose what responsibilities I wanted to take on and see project to their completion allowing me to feel that I had really achieved something.
What did you enjoy most about the internship?
The roles I took on in the internship varied so widely it’s hard to choose a favourite part, but I would say the day that our delivery of thousands of visitor guides that I had helped create was a very good day. It was a great feeling to see the hard copies and in the weeks to come spot people using them in cafes and on the street. It gave me a sense of accomplishment.
How do you think the internship has helped towards planning your future career?
The internship has helped me realise that a completely office based job isn’t for me. While I enjoyed days in the office, I was always glad of the days we were out doing things such as meeting clients or the transport project. I think I will now bear this in mind when applying for future jobs and choose something with some variety.
What skills do you feel you have gained from the internship?
I have had a very positive expectance as an intern on the Stirling Internship Programme. It has allowed me to gain valuable work experience while at the same time increase my skill set and my confidence in my abilities. On top of this I have gained many transferable skills such as learning to use new programs (e.g. WordPress, PaintShop Pro, SurveyMonkey, Eventbrite), improving my communication and organisation skills, and my ability to work without supervision.
What advice would you give to students considering applying for a Stirling internship?
I would definitely say to go for it especially if you can get a paid internship like mine was. Most students I know end up working over the summer anyway and I think taking on an internship is much more valuable for your CV and in my opinion, is more rewarding.