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June 2015

Manchester Graduate Internship

(11 June 2015)

The Manchester Graduate Internship Programme (MGIP) has successfully placed more than 700 graduates in a variety of organisations and local businesses, and 250 at the University, since it started in 2008. Students from the Faculty of Humanities have been involved in the scheme since it began, and two recent graduates, Joe Beeso-Cope and Sara Catalano, have spent the last year employed as student experience interns.

Sara Catalano studied Classical Studies BA before becoming a Student Experience and Portfolio Support Intern in the Manchester Medical School (MMS). Sara helped organise widening participation events and represented MMS at conferences. She also helped to introduce the new electronic portfolio for the medical students and took on some of the responsibilities of Communications Officer, which included the National Student Survey, social media and blog posting.

Sara also set up monthly meetings with other interns at the University to encourage communication across the Schools and Faculties.

She said: “I got a lot of experience in managing events and it has been interesting to see how different schools run, gaining a deeper insight into how the University works. I have also been able to take advantage of the wide range of training courses that are on offer at the University and have been lucky enough to have a manager who has encouraged me to develop my skills and valued my input.”

Joe Beeso-Cope, a graduate in Social Anthropology, is a Student Experience Officer in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering (MACE). His intern role has been filled with a huge variety of tasks and projects. As well as addressing employability needs – advertising roles to students, organising careers and employability events, such as “meet the professionals” evenings with alumni and two careers fairs – he set up a School choir and organised three football tournaments for staff and students.

He has also been involved with student representation and peer support in the School, and helped co-ordinate the School social media channels, three separate newsletters and communications to students.

He said: “I have found MGIP to be a really rewarding career decision. It has allowed me to gain valuable experience in a variety of different areas within the University structure and develop personally as well. It allowed me to ease into working life within the familiar setting of the University, which is definitely a huge bonus and has given me the confidence and the experience I need to progress from this role.”

MGIP has also been a hit with the Humanities colleagues hiring interns. Jayne Hindle, Head of School Administration at the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, said: “A clear benefit of the MGIP programme is for recent graduates to gain work experience in an environment which they are familiar with, and therefore quickly develop their confidence in the work environment. The University benefits from having enthusiastic members of staff to assist in the development of processes through their recent experience as a customer.”

For information on how to recruit an intern, visit the Manchester Graduate Internship Programme website.