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International Foundations Research Assistant
About the placement/internship

Why did you decide to do a placement/internship?

I decided to do this placement because I was really interested in understanding more about the ways in which institutions acquire funding. I also have a keen interest in learning how to obtain grants for research projects since I hope do future research on how non-communicable diseases are affecting Caribbean countries.

How did you find your placement/internship?

Career Connect

Application process

After seeing the job posting on Career Connect, I submitted my CV and covering letter to the email address given. Almost immediately my submission was acknowledged and I was told to await further correspondence. About a week later I was contacted to come in for an interview during which I was asked a number of questions relating to my previous work experience and what I hoped to get out of the job placement. Later that evening I was offered the position.

Main responsibilities

My main responsibilities included:

- Identifying the US-based charitable trusts and foundations currently supporting other selected universities over the last 3 years.

- Creating a short summary for each including their grant making activities to UK universities, with details of what the grant was awarded for, amount, recipient etc.

Typical day

Every morning I would get in and check my emails to make sure I hadn't received any new instructions from my supervisor. I would then make a list of tasks to be completed that day and proceed to work my way through.

Daily I would try to do research on 3-4 Trusts/Foundations and complete at least one briefing document. Throughout the day I would liaise with my supervisors, giving them up dates on progress and altering tasks if necessary.

What did I enjoy about my placement/internship?

I really enjoyed my interaction with my supervisors (Lynn & Louise). Also this was the first time I worked in an "open office" setting, which allowed me to interact with other members and staff and I really felt like I was part of the team.

Did you use any skills learned from your course?

While I didn't utilize any skills i gained from my EPH course, I did get an opportunity to improve my report writing and research skills

Advice to students

My piece of advice to students

If you wish to do an On Campus placement, start your search early! Have a look at Career Connect at least once a day since new jobs are constantly being posted.

Before applying, ensure that your skills and experience closely match the "person specification" details listed.

Form completed: 18 May 2017

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