[The Santander internship] not only provided Doug with an experience to help his career, but … will hopefully inform Government policy.” – Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
After graduating from the OU with a degree in Environmental Science Doug Smith applied for a Santander internship where he used Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping to do important environmental research for the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust. Not bad for just 10 weeks on the job!
[Santander internships] give mature students a chance to get back into the workplace (I think that this is often a hurdle from both the student’s and employer’s perspective) and to (re)learn some valuable skills.” – Doug Smith
Doug found making the leap into a new profession was a bit daunting, especially when he’d had a break from work. The good news is, Doug was offered a permanent position after his internship. The Institute of Student Employers found employers rehired 52% of their interns in 2018. Read more about Doug’s internship in his 10-part blog.
Greenwillows Associates, explained why they loved their OU Santander intern:
Her time as a chef [meant] she was able to work independently almost from day one.
Likewise, Nubis Aviation told us:
when looking for candidates that will help your organisation succeed, the OU is an invaluable source of talent.
If you don’t have 10 weeks or can’t travel for an ‘on-location’ internship, read How Josh got CV-boosting professional experience in just 2 weeks and An internship without leaving home.
Find out more about longer placements in the first of OU student Amy’s video diaries.
That first step in a new career doesn’t have to be getting a full, permanent job. Internships can be just the thing to get your foot in the door and start making contacts, gaining skills and experience and becoming career confident.