Are you looking for an internship? While corporate giants might be a popular choice, opportunities at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) may just be the best fit for you.
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“The decisions you make at University are often life-shaping. They set the tone for your future and compound over decades”
Adam Chambers is a Bristol History (BA) alum, and President of Nurse Recruitment Experts. In his third year at the University of Bristol he participated in our SME Internship Scheme.
Here are his thoughts on how this has shaped his career:
“Why am I writing to encourage you to apply for an SME Internship?
I started Nurse Recruitment Experts (NRX) in 2019, nine months after graduating from studying History at Bristol.
Since then, we’ve sourced and hired 10,000 plus Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Certified Nursing Assistants for health systems across the US and Canada.
“Hi, I’m Sophia. I undertook an SME Internship as a recent graduate from my Neuroscience BSc. I worked for The Brain Charity, a Liverpool-based charity that provides support to individuals affected by neurological conditions.
I found the charity during my search for an internship that would align with my morals. I contacted them directly, and to my delight, they were happy to take me on as an intern through the SME Internship Scheme, as a Neurodiversity Training Co-ordinator.
My role was a Neurodiversity Training Co-ordinator, which involved various administrative and miscellaneous tasks that supported and enhanced their Neurodiversity Training programme.
It offers training sessions to clients and their employees, to educate and share knowledge on how to best support neurodivergent employees in the workplace.
Last academic year, final year Engineering Mathematics student Patrick approached Windō at the Get Hired careers fair, and as a result was able to secure an SME Internship with them.
We caught up with Oli, founder and CEO of Windō, and Patrick to hear about how a chat at a careers fair led to a connection…and an internship!
Windō is a free platform for students to easily access, digest and compare the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) progress and plans that companies are making to drive positive change across sustainability, diversity, equality and inclusion, and employee wellbeing.
“Hi, I’m Oli, CEO at Windō.
We were invited as a Sustainability Partner to have a stall at Get Hired in the Spring. It’s always a great opportunity to demonstrate our platform to students and meet the very people we built Windō for.
Hi, I’m Lana. I carried out my SME Internship as a mental health support worker at Supported Independence (SI), within their Redcliffe branch.
I began by attending three days of training: the first two days were company-specific training carried out by SI staff, and the third was run by an external company regarding breakaway and challenging behaviour. On the days of my inductions, I shadowed a few different experienced mental health support workers with clients they supported.
After approximately one week of shadowing, I began working with clients one-on-one. This included:
- meal supporting clients struggling with eating disorders
- supporting clients with their day-to-day activities, such as trips to the supermarket, appointments, managing finances, and supporting with medication
- listening to those who wanted to talk about how they were feeling.
Throughout my internship, I learned how to better support clients in a person-centred way, whereby their individual needs were my priority.
I was given the opportunity to ask other support workers about individual clients’ needs in order to make them feel more comfortable with the way I approach them.
Hi, I’m Yueqi. In the final year of my postgraduate studying Marketing (Msc), I luckily found an SME Internship as a Marketing Intern for New Silk Route.
My internship included writing content on social media platforms, such as writing posts to attract customers to enquire about the company’s services and close deals.
Most of the time I worked remotely but I still needed to meet with customers to fulfill their desires and offer appropriate services.
The SME Internship Scheme enables you to gain quality, paid work experience from small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK, including charities, social enterprises and start-ups.
Mengying’s internship ran with funding from Bristol Innovations, here’s what she had to say about her experience:
Hi, I’m Mengying, a current postgraduate student studying Management (International Human Resource Management).
I have just completed a Sales Internship with NuNano Ltd through the SME Internship Scheme, from January to April this year.
NuNano is a company specialising in the design and manufacture of probes for atomic force microscopy and cantilever-based sensor devices.
Educational Action Challenging Homophobia (EACH) is a multi-award-winning charity which works to affirm the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and reduce discrimination experienced because of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Since 2013, EACH has hosted 15 SME interns through our SME Internship Scheme.