How did you find out about the internship?
I found out about the internship through the Stirling Internship webpages.
Please tell us more about your internship organisation.
PLUS is a charity which helps promote social opportunities and independence for children and young people who have disabilities.
What were the main tasks you were involved in during your internship?
During my internship I was involved in administrative work in the office, helping mainly with organising play plus (5-10 years) and plus youth (11-17 years) projects, and working as a sessional staff member in events.
What did you enjoy most about the internship and why?
I really enjoyed meeting and getting to know the children and families. I have learned some Makaton sign language and have deepened my understanding of ranging disabilities.
What skills have you gained and further developed from the internship experience?
PLUS have many training opportunities. I have attended epilepsy, moving and handling, first aid, food and hygiene training.
What were the most beneficial aspects of the Stirling Internship Programme for you?
Through my internship I have gained confidence in my ability to be able to apply my psychology degree to a working role.
What impact has this internship had on your personal development and your future career planning?
I am still working for PLUS as a sessional worker and in the office helping with administration. This internship has helped me gain work experience for the future. There are two masters degrees I wish to apply for, one would be working with children and young people and the other would be adults. I feel I have a more rounded understanding for children and young people's mental health now rather than just from an academic viewpoint.
What impact do you feel you have had on the organisation you have worked with?
I feel as though I have made an impact on my internship organisation as the summer is a very busy time for PLUS.
What do you see as the benefits of an internship with this type of organisation?
An internship in the 3rd sector provides an understanding of the challenges charities face and how to work with a budget.
What advice would you give to students considering applying for an internship through this programme next year?
The Stirling Internship Programme is a great way to develop your communication skills and conducting yourself in a working environment. An internship will also help guide you towards what you would like to do in the future. I am continuing to work part-time for PLUS as a result of my internship, and am also basing my dissertation project around it.