In August this year the University of Cumbria recruited its first Graduate Interns. This fantastic opportunity was aimed at newly qualified UoC graduates with the aim of gaining valuable work experience in a range of activities from coordination of events and activities, administration, promotional activities and involvement at student facing events such as Open Days, mentor training, employability and careers events. Nadine Sunderland, Academic Liaison and Skills Manager said, “We are keen to support them in developing the work experience and skills that will put them in a good position to progress with their career wish. Part of that will be to support them through the Careers service in writing CV/job applications and preparing for interviews.”

Our four graduate interns are on a one-year contract and get an excellent package that includes salary, a wide ranging experience and essential training together with the option to do a PG Certificate qualification with fees covered by the university. Two interns are based at Lancaster and two in Carlisle working in Student & Staff Services and the Recruitment teams.

Alice Sharples, UK Recruitment Operations Manager said, "They’ve been settling in really well and have so far supported Open Days, schools visits and are starting to work on their own projects of social media and school workshop development."

Nadine Sunderland added, “So far and after only a few weeks into the role, both LiSS interns have settled well into the team and their contribution has already been praised by many.”

Click on the faces of our graduate interns below to hear their thoughts on their new roles and how it feels going from student to member of staff.

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