Kelsey Cryan, Management, worked as the Internal Communications Intern within the Communications and External Relations department for ten months in her third year. Kelsey graduated in July 2016 and started her new role as Internal Communications Officer in August 2016.
Why did you apply for the role and where was it advertised?
I was about to enter third year and alert that the world of full-time employment was less than a year away. I was always aware how invaluable experience obtained through internships were, and was actively looking to broaden my CV to make sure I was in for a good chance of gaining employment once I had graduated. I had just finished a summer internship at Wellcome Trust in their Marketing and Communications department, when I spotted the internship vacancy at Royal Holloway on Linkedin. The vacancy was for an Internal Communications Intern, and I had gained experience working in Wellcome Trust Internal Communications team during the summer, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and wanted to learn more about Internal Communications within another sector.
How many hours did you work per week?
I worked seven hours weekly (one day), during Autumn and Spring term.
What projects did you undertake and what skills have you learned?
I was involved heavily in filming and editing videos for student and staff intranet purposes, such as Research Focus videos, which helped me gain confidence in liasing with stakeholders and building relationships around the College. I was also responsible for the Throwback Thursday segment, which featured on Campus Life social media and Newsletters, which I enjoyed as I had project ownership of them and deadlines to meet. I also learned how to operate Content Management Systems such as Wordpress and Contensis, and learned about the world of coding and copy writing.
How did you find the role?
I thoroughly enjoyed the role, I found this internship so useful to not only have on my CV but to gain skills such as networking, video editing, copy writing, social media best practice and the confidence to share ideas and have a team who fully supported me.
How did you combine work with study? Was it difficult?
The team were really supportive of my studies, and made sure I knew that my studies were the prioirty. My hours were flexible, during my dissertation submission date I was really busy and I was able to move days to other weeks so I could fully focus on my dissertation. My hours never interrupted my studies, I was allowed to pop out of the office to a lecture and return at the end which meant I had a great balance.
Did your role benefit you in your future career?
This role has benefited my future career to the extent I am now a permenant member of staff within the Internal Communications team! I have thoroughly enjoyed my internship experience which fully equipped me to become an Internal Communications Officer and build on those core skills I acquired during my intern role.
Would you recommend working whilst studying?
I would 100 per cent recommend working whilst studying. Finding a role which is relatable to the field you wish to pursue when you graduate will leave you one step ahead of other graduates as experience is key to highlight to employers your abilities in practice.