Building relationships with local media
On-the-day event support
Sourcing sponsorship and prizes
Supporting on event logistics
Administrative ad hoc support for regional based team
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
During my 3 months as a Fundraising Events Intern, I have learnt and developed so much as well as having loads of fun! I worked on a range of events including the South West London Christmas Fair, the Great Christmas Pudding Race and Relay for Life. I also led the Intern Fundraising team, raising over £1,000!
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt welcomed into the team from day 1. Interns are always welcomed to attend socials eg. leaving drinks and Ultra Ballroom. Colleagues always thanked me for doing tasks no matter how big or small.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The support I received from my manager, my team and other staff was fantastic. My manager was home-based but we still had a really good relationship despite us not seeing each other very often in person. Had weekly phone calls as well as monthly 1-1s. Lots of stretch opportunities and help when I needed it.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Probably overly busy at times but better than not having enough to do! Was able to refuse tasks when taking them on would have made me too busy.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Gained more and more responsibility as the internship went on. Canvassed a supporter which is something that interns don't usually do. Opportunities to take on more responsibility are always there if you ask for them!
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I want to work in the charity sector (hopefully in fundraising/marketing at CRUK) after graduating in 2020 so have gained/developed lots of relevant skills
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Really good. Everyone very helpful eg. telling you where things are if you can't find it. Strong staff fundraising culture means there is always something going on.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Well organised. Regular updates on what was happening each week on Microsoft Teams. Had induction morning on first day and intern celebration event in final week.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Interns had regular development sessions organised and run by HR staff eg. project management, interview skills, career development. Also had 1-1 with member of Talent team mid-way through the internship.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Graduate scheme has been paused but other entry level roles are on offer. Will be applying for these roles after university. Appealing because learning and development opportunities will be great, just as on the internship.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Went shuffleboarding and to Ultra Ballroom event (like Strictly but with CRUK staff!) with my team. Interns also organised their own socials
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Didn't live in same area as worked. Expensive but this is to be expected in Central London.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Mainly went to pubs straight after work so not sure about nightlife.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Didn't get involved with outside of work activities but there are many opportunities available in work but outside of role eg. assisting with Multi Faith Network event, leading Intern Fundraising