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About the placement/internship

Why did you decide to do a placement/internship?

I felt it was a fantastic chance to gain some valuable work experience in a professional environment.

How did you find your placement/internship?

Through family or friends

Application process

I had to send firstly my CV, and then I had to directly contact the President of the association in order to explain why I was interested in working for the ASF.

Main responsibilities

I had a number of responsibilities. I not only had to log data in order to help the ASF develop a phone application, I also had the role of researching a writing information in relation to Scottish Architectural history in New York.

Typical day

I would arrive at the Foundations offices located on Madison Avenue at around 11 each morning, where for two hours I would log date on and excel page in order to send to an app developer so that he could begin the app curation process. After Lunch, my role varied, I would either travel round New York taking pictures of Scottish Architecture for the foundation, or I would spend time writing up historical overviews of Scottish-American history in New York.

What did I enjoy about my placement/internship?

I loved being in New York. It really is a wonderful city, and it felt very special to work in a professional workplace in such a city.

Challenging aspects

Being in New York by myself was quite challenging. Having to find my way around proved difficult, but I got the hang of it in the end. It was also quite odd being in a formal workplace, it reminded me of school.

Did you use any skills learned from your course?

Communication is probably the main skill I was certainly able to develop. I had to keep in constant contact with Camilla Hellman, the President of the foundation, in order to make sure I was fulfilling the role expected of me. Travelling around New York on my own also helped me to understand more about myself, in that I can handle significant responsibilities that previously I was unaware of.

Has your time on placement influenced your future career choice?

To some extent. Being in another country was great, so my placement reinforced the hope that when I have finished my degree, finding a job that includes the chance to travel or even work abroad would be great.

Advice to students

My piece of advice to students

Take a chance, if there is the possibility of gaining a placement abroad, take it. It really a fantastic experience.

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Form completed: 14 Sep 2017

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