My COVID-19 SME Internship: Lucas – Spookfish Innovations Ltd

Lucas, a 4th year Computer Science student, has written about his recent internship experience which was supported by ourCOVID-19 SME Internship Fund. The aim of this fund was to support local SMEs including charities, social enterprises and start-ups who are operating at maximum capacity as they respond to the challenges of Coronavirus, while giving students valuable and meaningful work experiences in a difficult economic climate.

Here’s what Lucas had to say about his experience. 

Introduction

This summer, I took part in a twelve week internship with Spookfish Innovations Ltd, as part of the COVID-19 SME Internship Scheme. After all the other internships I’d been looking at were cancelled, the scheme came as a welcome surprise! Not only was it a chance to gain industry experience, it was also a way to help battle against the pandemic, something I’d been keen to do.  (more…)

My COVID-19 SME Internship: Kat – The Harbour

Hi, my name’s Kat.

This year, the University of Bristol offered students the chance to apply for internships with local Bristol SMEs that were responding to challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Across the last three months,  during lockdown, I have been privileged to work as a Fundraising and Communications Intern for The Harbour, a local charity providing free counselling for people facing death and bereavement in Bristol.

The Harbour has over twenty years’ experience providing in-person counselling at their home on Frogmore Street. When it became evident that in-person services could not continue in March, the team at The Harbour worked hard to develop a remote counselling service, on Zoom and via the telephone. Once this was in place, the charity felt that there was a need to spend time thinking about how they could improve their online presence and external communications. (more…)

My COVID-19 SME Internship: Kofo –  Bristol 24/7

Kofo recently told us about her experience of using the Careers Service, including undertaking an internship with Bristol 24/7 at the end of her third year. Here she has written for us about her internship experience, which was supported by ourCOVID-19 SME Internship Fund. The aim of this fund was to support local SMEs including charities, social enterprises and start-ups, who are operating at maximum capacity as they respond to the challenges of Coronavirus, whilst giving students valuable and meaningful work experiences in a difficult economic climate.  (more…)

My COVID-19 SME Internship: Maisie – Bristol Food Union

My name is Maisie, I’m an ecology graduate. After months of writing up my thesis and being entirely screen-based during lockdown, I was feeling square-eyed, fatigued and longing to get out of the house. I especially wanted to be more involved in community and people-based projects happening around the city in response to COVID-19, so I happily took a COVID-19 SME Internship working for Bristol Food Union (BFU).

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My COVID-19 SME Internship: Rob – Gapsquare

Introduction

Hi, I’m RobThis year I graduated (albeit not in person!) with a MSci Chemistry degree, and carried out an internship as a Business Analyst with Gapsquare through the COVID-19 SME Internship Fund. Gapsquare is a start-up in Bristol championing inclusive employer practises, pay equity and the elimination of the gender, racial and wider inequality pay gaps through the intelligent use of data.  

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My COVID-19 SME Internship: Lily – Purplefish PR

Lily, a third year Anthropology student, secured an internship through our COVID-19 SME Internship Fund with Purplefish PR, as a Social Media and PR Intern.

Lily wrote this blog for us about her experience while she was interning from June to July. 

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My SME Internship at a science start-up

Manan Vaswani describes the opportunity he received to apply his computing knowledge in the real world. The role was part of the SME Internship Scheme run by the Careers Service, you can find out more about the scheme and how to get involved here. This is what he had to say about his experience:

The word ‘internship’ used to conjure visions of long monotonous days, working for large companies on projects to which my only contribution would be slogging out the most mundane of tasks. This perception, however, was flipped upside-down after Spin Up Science arranged for me to carry out an internship with the science start-up, QLM Technology. (more…)

My SME Internship with LettUs Grow

I graduated last summer with a degree in Biology. When I finished I hadn’t got a large amount planned, all I knew was that I wanted to remain in Bristol. I was open to all jobs to start off with but my overall aim was to head down a biological route. 

In November I had an opportunity to have a meeting with a member of staff from the UoB Careers Service, this was really helpful in clarifying the types of jobs I could see myself doing and what steps I should take next. She also told me about internship schemes Bristol University offer with local SMEs. (more…)