Kainat: LAIBS Intern programmePosted: 3 May, 2016
I’d like to start my series of blogs with the Intern Programme. The LAIBS (Lord Ashcroft International Business School) Intern Programme is possibly one of the best activities you could invest your time in. It’s a programme available to Business School students and is highly beneficial as it equips you with crucial skills and guidance required in the world of business.
The application process is very simple, you provide your CV and a short letter explaining why you’re interested in the programme. If successful, you’ll be called to attend a quick interview which consists of discussing what you would like to get out of the experience and you’ll learn more about what to expect. A couple of months later, the fun starts.
I must say, one of the best parts about this programme is the socialising. After spending hours on revision and writing up assignments, it’s great to spend some time meeting new people with similar goals and ambitions to yours. Initially there’s a gathering with fellow interns from both Cambridge and Chelmsford. You also get to meet your mentors.
When you apply to the programme you let the organisers know of your interests and future ambitions, and you’re assigned a suitable mentor.
Usually one would search online for places to conduct work experience, or use LinkedIn to find individuals to form connections with. The Intern Programme makes this process quicker, as the LAIBS department already have connections with many institutions and individuals who are genuinely very keen and passionate about helping young people reach their goals. So you’re conveniently introduced to a mentor who guides you and commends you, helping you to prosper and build confidence, as well as gain key skills and qualities which would be very useful as you graduate and go into work or further studies.
The key aspect of the Intern Programme is the work experience. You’re provided with various work opportunities. As it’ll be to do with the LAIBS department, they understand when you’ll be busy due to academic commitments so it’s never too taxing at all. Simply days working and helping out will count as your work experience and the skills gained will be noted down. This can also be used when applying for other awards as the hours you’ve committed are rewarded in various different ways. It’s almost as if you’re investing short amounts of time and effort into helping out, but in return receiving life long skills and rewards. By the end of this your CV would be full! There’s also a trip to London where you get to climb the O2! It sounds like super fun!
Last, but by no means least, the cherry on the cake…after completion of the programme you’re presented with a personal reference from the Dean, and could be awarded a prize such as the Intern of the Year, or receive many other awards in the ceremony at the end of the programme!
I’ll leave it here for now. If you’re a current or potential student, I’d advise you to definitely keep your eyes open for such opportunities! Such programmes are truly unique to ARU, they’re very simple and what you receive in return is priceless! While you’re at university, take any opportunity you have and make the most of it!
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