Not just an internship…

14 years ago I graduated from the School of English and American Literature at UEA with not quite the result that I wanted, but mostly optimistic about the future. I’m sure careers guidance was available at the time, but I didn’t think about it until the first day after my last coursework deadline. How different it is now!Through my role as ambassador for Norfolk Network, I’ve had the pleasure of the occasional coffee with my now good friend Adrienne Jolly, careers advisor for the Faculty of Humanities. It was in one of these informal meetings that we came up with the idea for the Creative Minds internship scheme.

The idea was simple: 6 students, 6 paid internships with 6 creative companies, coming together on a Friday for masterclasses and a project to work on as a virtual agency. Thanks to Santander Universities, the internships are subsidised – an amazing opportunity for all concerned.

It took some dedicated networking, but UEA Internship Team have been successful in finding six bright enterprising students and hosts for their internships including Foolproof, The Good Spa Guide, The Forum Trust and also MADE (we did really need an intern!). Interviews have been held, contracts signed and we now have a project brief.

The students will be coming together to write a marketing / events plan for Norfolk-based charity The Benjamin Foundation, culminating in a presentation to their directors in September. I’m looking forward to meeting our cohort and seeing what they come up.

Update: we’ve now met our lovely interns. They’ve decided to start a project blog which you can find here: http://ueacreativeminds.wordpress.com