Posted on 02/02/2010
Mira Khoury is using virtual internships to gain work experience from her home.
When it comes to securing a job we know that work experience is key. The practicality however of juggling your commitments to find the time and money for a work placement can be difficult for many. But one student at Royal Holloway, University of London, appears to have found herself a solution – a virtual internship.
Mira Khoury, a final-year management student is doing an internship with FabriQate, an international digital media agency, all from the comfort of her home.
“It’s the perfect solution and has made things so much easier. I don’t have to commute into London and I can fit work around my studies,” says Mira.
Mira approached the company in the summer after realising she did not have any relevant work experience and wanted a chance to boost her CV. After an interview she was taken on for a three-week internship at their offices in Old Brompton Road. But once her placement was up she wanted to continue developing her skills and the company suggested she worked with them ‘virtually’ throughout the year.
“Everything is online, so it’s all very easy to do. I log on and check what projects they need me to help with and work on anything from emailing clients, preparing presentations to researching and business development. I would definitely recommend virtual internships to anyone. You can do it on the side but you still get a sense of the working world and pick up valuable skills and contacts along the way.”
Liz Wilkinson, Head of the Careers Service at Royal Holloway said, “This is one example of the many innovative ways that Royal Holloway students and graduates are finding to make contacts and gain experience in their chosen career. Other students volunteer in the local community, work in local businesses, or indeed, set up their own micro-business. We are very proud of the initiative and creativity demonstrated by our students and are always delighted to hear from local businesses interested in employing them.”
For more information about the College′s Career Service visit http://www.rhul.ac.uk/Careers