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Outreach Graduate Internship

Could you be the reason someone chooses the University of Wolverhampton?

Every year the University seeks to support up to six of our own recent graduates on an internship programme designed to bring the benefits of our graduates’ experiences to school and college students who are thinking about higher education.

We are looking for talented recent graduates who are seeking valuable work experience and may be interested in developing a career in higher education.

Internships are an opportunity for a recent graduate to integrate their recent University experiences with practical, supervised work experience. Interns will receive an internship award – equivalent to £14,323 p/a, plus reimbursed travel expenses (can be claimed for travel outside your normal working commute).

This Graduate Internship Programme operates from August to July, on a full-time 12 month contract.

How to apply

Interested, recent graduates should submit a CV and a covering statement to theworkplace@wlv.ac.uk

The covering statement should be a short piece of approximately 500 words setting out: i) why you would like to undertake the internship opportunity ii) what skills and qualities you would bring to the programme iii) one piece of advice you would give to a student in a school or college who is considering applying to University.

Applications will only be accepted from graduates who have completed their studies in the academic year 2015/16.

Applications should be submitted by Friday 1st July for shortlisting.

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Contact us

If you have any questions about the Graduate Intership scheme or the application process please email outreach@wlv.ac.uk

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What is the role?

Interns on this programme will:

  • Deliver formal presentations to year 12 and 13 students in schools and colleges across the region covering a range of topics including their experiences as a student, student finance, the UCAS process and personal statements.
  • Communicate with schools and colleges to identify their needs for workshops, talks and presentations on all aspects of higher education.
  • Support University Faculties with their specific subject area presentations to schools and colleges.
  • Plan and support visits of school and college students to the University’s campuses.
  • Create interesting and engaging presentations and activities for year 7, 8 and 9 schools pupils.
  • Support wider events that promote the University’s Student Offer to school and college students, for example Open Days, UCAS events, Careers and Higher Education Fairs.
  • Regularly deliver presentations to a wide range of audiences (primary up to mature learners) in either small groups (between 15-30) or large groups (100+)
  • Travel to schools and colleges around the West Midlands and in other parts of the UK to raise aspirations and increase awareness of learning opportunities at the University of Wolverhampton.
  • Support UCAS Higher Education fairs around the country and provide advice to potential students on the right course to pursue their aspirations and career goals.
  • To work on the Universities Aspire2Uni programme which supports Looked After Children and Care Leavers on their journey to HE
  • Be directly involved with outreach work involving primary age children. This includes a variety of activities both on campus and off campus.
  • Plan and develop summer schools for primary and secondary students.
  • Support the work of the Children’s University both administratively and in local schools. This will involve a range of marketing, delivery and organisational tasks.

What do we expect from you?

Essential Skills:

  • Confidence
  • Friendly and approachable
  • Knowledgeable about the University
  • Committed
  • Willing to travel independently throughout the West Midlands and the UK
  • Passionate about higher education
  • Ability to engage a variety of age groups, during presentations and workshops
  • Confident to present to both large and small groups
  • An enthusiasm and creativity to develop new and existing ideas
  • Excellent time keeping
  • Being able to work independently and part of team
  • Using integrity
  • Flexible working, including some evenings and weekends
  • Adaptable to change
  • Organised and professional, maintaining the reputation of the University

 Desirable Skills:

  • Experience of working with children, mature learners, and other groups
  • Experience of organising events
  • Full driving licence with access to your own vehicle

 

 

What can you expect from us?

Here at the University of Wolverhampton we are committed to providing our staff with opportunities for personal and professional development. We aim to provide a comprehensive range of services and facilities to enable employees to acquire and maintain skills in their current job and also to provide them with opportunities to develop and pursue their future career interests. This includes:

    • Being part of a friendly and welcoming team
    • Support from an experienced management team
    • Access to University Staff Development opportunities and training
    • Eligible to apply for internal vacancies after completing a minimum of 2 months of internship
    • Valuable experience that can be transferred to a variety of career paths
    • Reimbursement of travel expenses that exceed your daily commute
    • 12 month Full Time salaried contract (August-July)
    • 21 days annual leave + bank holidays and concessionary days
    • Support in progressing to the next stage of your chosen career
    • Office base in The George, City Campus

See our Graduate Intern alumni profiles below, for more information on the role itself and how it can help you to progress into your future career.

Application Timeline

Friday 29th April 2016 Applications Open

Tuesday 3rd May 2016

Information Briefing Session 

Telford Campus

SA052, 12 - 1pm, 1 - 2pm

Wednesday 4th May 2016

Information Briefing Session

City Campus

MC419, 12 - 1pm, 1 - 2pm

Thursday 5th May 2016

Information Breifing Session

Walsall Campus

WN214, 12 - 1pm, 1 - 2pm

Friday 1st July 2016 Applications Close
W/B Monday 18th July 2016 Interviews
Monday 1st August 2016 Start Date

Graduate Intern Alumni

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  • Name: Becky Brooks
  • Year of Graduation: 2012
  • Subject of your degree:  English and Drama Joint Honours
  • Current Occupation:  Fundraising Events Co-ordinator at Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children

Why did you apply for the GI post?  

I really enjoyed my time at University and applied because it sounded like something I would be able to do well at. The job description was varied and I knew the skills I had gained at university could be developed in this role and take me to the next level of my career. The interview was great and I was given training to get stuck in straight away.

What were your favourite activities you did as a GI?  

Travelling around the UK was my favourite thing, I had never stayed in a hotel by myself so it was very exciting and gave me a lot more confidence and independence. It was great to have a group of 5 other GI’s who were in the same boat, we could support each other and I made lifelong friends because of it. Presentations were also a favourite of mine, as I really enjoyed standing up in front of large groups and finding different and creative ways for them to engage with you.

Was there anything that you disliked about the programme?

Asking for a table for 1 in restaurants was always a little daunting at first, but soon got used to it! I always felt it would have been good to have a work mobile phone as I was always using my personal phone when I was out of the office

Did the scheme help you in the next steps of your careers? If so how?  

I never even thought of working in the Charity sector, it just goes to show that skills learned from my time at University and during the internship were transferable to a huge variety of career paths. I was also able to take advantage of the training courses held by the university which looks great on CVs.We had to organise lots of different events as GI’s and throughout my internship this was developed and I realised this was something I enjoyed and I was good at, so now I organise events such as Skydives and Marathons to raise money to buy specialist equipment for children with disabilities!

Any tips or advice for anyone considering applying for the post?  

Communication and organisation skills are key to this role so make sure you are on top of your diary and keep in contact with your fellow GI’s and manager. Use personal experiences you had at University to help those just starting their applications. I would have loved someone like a GI to have helped me in the early stages of writing my personal statement or understanding finance, so think about the impact you could have on that person’s life. Enjoy it and make the most of it!

Do you have any memorable experiences as a GI you would like to share with future applicants to the programme?  

I was at a high school in Halesowen doing a presentation about personal statements. We then did a session afterwards where I could read through them and help students improve on the drafts they had. This one girl was shy and her statement wasn’t very strong, we sat together and I asked her questions about her course and why she wanted to do it, what skills she had, ect. We really improved it and she left happy. Sometimes all it takes is a conversation. I like to think she got into the University she wanted and progressed to the job she wanted.

  • Name: Oliver Speke
  • Year of Graduation: 2013
  • Subject of your degree: Business Management
  • Current Occupation: Graduate Trainee Advisor

Why did you apply for the GI post?

I applied to the post because I felt that this role would provide me with some work experience and would provide an opportunity for me to develop my own skills. I was also passionate about promoting Higher Education, having just completed a degree myself which I really enjoyed.

What were your favourite activities you did as a GI?

I did not really have any favourite events as such however I did enjoy being given the responsibility of organising a couple of events. One event was aimed at years 8’s where three of us designed and delivered an ‘Aspire to Uni’ session at SWBA Academy. This required us to think ‘outside the box’ and we came up with 3 activities for them to do including a ‘design your own campus’ activity. One of the many good things about the scheme was that there were plenty of opportunities to get stuck in and be creative!

I also particularly enjoyed going out to schools and colleges to help students with their personal statements as I found this quite satisfying knowing that I had helped them with this.

Overall, I enjoyed the varied nature of the role as no two days were ever the same!

Was there anything that you disliked about the programme?

Not really!

Did the scheme help you in the next steps of your careers? If so how?

I feel that this scheme helped me to develop more as a person than anything else. Whilst the thought of presenting to over 100 people or travelling to unfamiliar places on my own did initially sound slightly daunting, these are now things which I am no longer fazed by. Also, through doing things which were outside my comfort zone, I developed my own confidence and interpersonal skills which is something I have taken into my current job.

Any tips or advice for anyone considering applying for the post?

My advice to anyone considering applying for this post would be to ask yourself two questions:

  1. Are you willing to get stuck in right from the start and do things which may be outside of your comfort zone?
  2. Are you enthusiastic about Higher Education and able to interact with a diverse mix of people?

If the answer is yes to both of these, then my advice would be to consider applying to this scheme!

 

Do you have any memorable experiences as a GI you would like to share with future applicants to the programme?

When I dressed up as ‘Snape’ and guided primary school pupils around Dudley Zoo!

  • Name: Rosa Sorrento
  • Year of Graduation: 2013
  • Subject of your degree: Event and Venue Management
  • Current Occupation: Black Country Children's University Coordinator

Why did you apply for the GI post?

I decided to apply for the Graduate Internship as it seemed to be a great opportunity to further develop the skills that I had gained as a student whilst also working within a supportive environment.

What were your favourite activities you did as a GI?

Being able to support adult learners in colleges, to not only make their application, but also reassure them that it is possible to attend university as a mature student was personally very rewarding.

As an Events Management graduate I fully appreciated the opportunity to organise campus events for a variety of groups and also creating the ‘Mature Learners Guide’ which gave me an insight into the process of how marketing materials are produced from start to finish.

Did the scheme help you in the next steps of your careers? If so how?

This internship completely changed my career path! During my time of working within the outreach team I realised that I really valued the work I was taking part in and wanted to carry on doing this type of work after the internship ended.

Any tips or advice for anyone considering applying for the post?

Go for it! It’s a great opportunity, and you get the opportunity to develop so many new skills, whether its talking to young children about what they want to be when they grow up or presenting to 300 college students in the lecture theatre, every day is different!

Do you have any memorable experiences as a GI you would like to share with future applicants to the programme?

Joining a team of interns who are all just starting out in our careers, sharing lots of lovely experiences and making some great friends :)

  • Name: Hazel Bowley
  • Year of Graduation: 2013
  • Subject of your degree: War Studies
  • Current Occupation: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Skills and Learning Librarian

Why did you apply for the GI post?

It seemed like it would be an interesting and fun job that would give me a chance to experience a lot of different things that I might not normally have the chance to do – which was certainly the case.

What were your favourite activities you did as a GI?

The UCAS fairs, especially the ones that were not local, they were a good opportunity to go to new places. The HE and UCAS fairs also gave me the chance to meet a lot of people and spend time with the other GIs, I met some of my closest friends through the GI scheme.

Was there anything that you disliked about the programme?

At first I had very little confidence so I disliked having to go to different schools and colleges every day and presenting in front of large groups, but I soon got used to it. The scheme really helped with my confidence and willingness to do new things.

Did the scheme help you in the next steps of your careers? If so how?

The scheme definitely helped. If I had not been a GI I would not have had the experience to be considered for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) within the University. The skills and knowledge that I gained from the scheme made me perfectly suited to the role. After then completing the GTA programme and gaining my PGCE qualification I moved onto my current role as a Skills and Learning Librarian, none of which would have been possible without the GI scheme.

Any tips or advice for anyone considering applying for the post?

Be willing to travel, you’ll gain a lot from it and enjoy it.

Do you have any memorable experiences as a GI you would like to share with future applicants to the programme?

Being able to tell someone that they can study the course that they wanted to when they thought they would never be able to and seeing how happy it made them.

  • Name: Tom Gregory
  • Year of Graduation: 2014
  • Subject of your degree: Sport & Exercise Science
  • Current Occupation: Student Recruitment Officer, Newman University

Why did you apply for the GI post?

I was initially drawn to the position as I believed it would be an ideal first job to help both develop existing skills as well as putting me in a position where I would I have to build new skills. The GI role also looked as though it would be a job with a wide remit of responsibilities, meaning that I wouldn’t just be in the office 9-5 everyday but actually out interacting with people. Another reason I went for the role was because I was in limbo as to what to do with myself after graduating, I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to go into further study, jump on a graduate scheme or set up a business. The GI programme enabled me to finalise my decisions as it gave me an insight into a wide range of job roles.

What were your favourite activities you did as a GI?

As a GI I most enjoyed the presentation and interactive side of the job. I enjoyed travelling around the country getting the opportunity to improve on my public speaking ability as well being able to genuinely help out students who, had I not been there, would have been far less informed as to what their future may hold.  I also enjoyed going to careers fair and speaking to 100’s of different people every day as it kept every day new and exciting.

Was there anything that you disliked about the programme?

Nothing in particular stands out as something I disliked, though I was lucky in that I had a fantastic group of GI’s to work with. I suppose the only thing I didn’t like initially was the lack of order in my days schedule, once you get used to the random timetables schools set for events though it was fine. 

Did the scheme help you in the next steps of your careers? If so how?

Definitely! My job now is directly related to the GI role and I wouldn’t have had any of the relevant experience without it. The GI role helped me develop so many different skills and made me an all-around better person because of both the opportunities it brings you and the supportive team around you.

Any tips or advice for anyone considering applying for the post?

Just to show that your confident and that you’re not scared to work hard. Even if you’re not the best public speaker, showing that you can at least work at improving your own skills goes a long way. 

Do you have any memorable experiences as a GI you would like to share with future applicants to the programme?

My most memorable experience as a GI was probably working an event called ‘The Pitch’. Essentially it was a competition among teams of students from schools where we had work as a mentor to help our teams develop an idea around an area for which they then had to pitch to business leaders in that area. It was a great event for many reasons, mostly because my team smashed and won everything, but also because it was great to help nurture these students and see them improve. It was also a great way to meet other members of staff across the University who you would probably never normally meet. The other most memorable moments all revolve around the team I got to work with, both GI’s and the bosses. Without the team around me the experience wouldn’t have been anywhere near as good and I would have missed out on the opportunity to work with fantastic group of people.

  • Name: Amie Russell
  • Year of Graduation: 2012
  • Subject of your degree:  Drama
  • Current Occupation:  Receptionist and Clerical assistant for The Gateway

Why did you apply for the GI post?  

I applied for Graduate Intern role because university was such an important part of my life and working in a role got to promote university and the benefits of a degree sounded perfect. I got to share my experiences and inform students all about university life, something I really enjoyed doing.

What were your favourite activities you did as a GI?  

One of my favourite things to do as a GI had to be travelling, within this role I got to travel all over the UK, staying in hotels and catching trains which really helped develop my sense of independence. I also enjoyed being given the freedom to plan my own events as it was extremely satisfying organising and over seeing an event that was successful.  

Was there anything that you disliked about the programme?  

There were a few periods such as school holidays that were quite quiet and meant we were in the office for a few weeks, although it was quiet this did give me a chance to work on presentations and plan events.

Did the scheme help you in the next steps of your careers? If so how?  

I really enjoyed working at the University, i knew that when my internship was over I’d like to carry my career on at the University and if possible in ODOS. Working for the Gateway you need an in depth knowledge of the different areas surrounding University, such as applying through UCAS and course information, these were all things I had learnt through working as a GI.

Any tips or advice for anyone considering applying for the post?  

Organisation is extremely important for this role, make sure you know where you are day to day and that you have the right material you need. Also make sure your electronic diary is kept up to date so not only you know where you are, but your colleagues do too. Also don’t worry about presenting presentations if it’s something you’re not used to, you’ll have the support from other GI’s  in your team and there is training available as well, if you still feel you need help in this area or anything else, let your  line manager know, support is always on hand.

Do you have any memorable experiences as a GI you would like to share with future applicants to the programme?  

I organised an event which consisted of a Why Uni presentation, after I had presented a student came up to me and said she’s always wanted to go to university but did’t think she’s smart enough, I sat down with her and we talked about entry requirements for Nursing, we discussed many options and worked out that she had what was needed to get onto the Health and Well-being LEaP course part-time, her attitude completely changed and she said she was going to apply. I saw her at the Gateway a few weeks later asking for help applying for the course.  It felt really good knowing I’d help someone to realise their potential and go for something they wanted to do. 

  • Name: Dominic
  • Year of Graduation: 2013
  • Subject of your degree: Music
  • Current Occupation: Secondary Music Teacher

Why did you apply for the GI post?

To join a passionate team and work in a high paced role that would allow me to take part in diverse activities. I am also passionate about the role of access and outreach in raising aspirations within the Black Country and beyond.

What were your favourite activities you did as a GI?

Delivering presentations, lessons and workshops to pupils across the region in various formats. I also enjoyed working with adult learners at colleges across Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield.

Was there anything that you disliked about the programme?

No, it was a fantastic opportunity that allowed me to develop my skill set, make contacts in education, and allowed me to take on extra responsibility. I was given the opportunity to develop real skills through external training.

Did the scheme help you in the next steps of your careers? If so how?

My time as a GI was a key step towards me becoming a secondary music teacher. I was gaining classroom experience nearly every day, meeting teachers and liaising with them. I was developing skills that would not only aid my classroom practice, but would also form a key part of what I could offer in terms of applying for PGCE’s and also teaching jobs.

Any tips or advice for anyone considering applying for the post?

Definitely apply! It is a an exciting role where you will often meet and work with people who are considered experts in their field. You will have an excellent first staging post on your CV as you plan for your career progression.

Do you have any memorable experiences as a GI you would like to share with future applicants to the programme?

One of my most memorable experiences was working with an outside company to develop music-based workshops for Y7 pupils. I was able to deliver these workshops in Dudley Castle, which was a fantastic opportunity. I gained experience in a number of areas through this activity. I was also able to use the coordinator of the event as a reference for my PGCE.

  • Name: Hannah Curran
  • Year of Graduation: 2013
  • Subject of your degree: Business Management
  • Current Occupation: Graduate Trainee Advisor

Why did you apply for the GI post?

I applied for the GI post as I was unsure of what I wanted to do after I graduated and the internship seemed to offer a variety of different opportunities. I didn’t have a particular path that I wanted to follow, so I was grateful that this position allowed me to experience different areas and gave me more of an idea of what I did and definitely did not want to do in the future!

What were your favourite activities you did as a GI?

My favourite activities were campus visits with primary school children. They are so enthusiastic and got really excited when we showed them around the campus to look at all the facilities. Having said that, all campus visits were enjoyable, as you had to be really organised and work well as part of a team. Campus visits are always really hectic and fast paced and much more enjoyable in my opinion than a boring office job!

Was there anything that you disliked about the programme?

The only thing I disliked about the internship was occasionally being stuck in traffic on the M6!!

Did the scheme help you in the next steps of your careers? If so how?

It definitely did. I applied for another job at the university which is based on delivering pre-entry information, advice and guidance. This was similar to the internship, apart from as an intern I visited schools and colleges, whereas in my new role they come and see me at the university. The internship not only gave me the knowledge, but also the confidence to be able to apply for this role.

Any tips or advice for anyone considering applying for the post?

I would certainly recommend applying, every day is different and it’s a really good first job to have. You start as a small team so you always have others in the same position as yourself who you can turn to for advice and reassurance. My main tip would be having your own car or being confident in using public transport.

Do you have any memorable experiences as a GI you would like to share with future applicants to the programme?

My two memorable experiences are:  being nominated for the Vice Chancellors Staff Excellence Award in 2014. Unfortunately we did not win the award, but it was still a proud moment to have been nominated, it was good to have your hard work recognised.
My other memorable moment would be taking part in The Pitch, The Pitch is a residential business challenge programme where teams of Year 10 and 11 students come up with creative solutions to real-life challenges set by well-known local businesses. My team were fortunate to win group and the overall prize for this, it was a very proud moment!