Eva Kramer was an exchange student at Regent’s University London who worked closely with the Careers & Business Relations team which helped her secure an internship at Cancer Research UK. Read her success story below:
I decided to do a semester abroad at Regent’s University London, which has a partnership with my home university in Germany where I’m studying Tourism and Travel Management. I had the chance to choose modules from different semesters and mainly focused on Events and Destination Management as I would like to work in this sector in the future.
As the Regent’s semester finished in December and my semester back in Germany didn’t start until the end of March, I decided to search for an internship during the term break.
During my time at Regent’s, I had several appointments with the Careers & Business Relations team, focusing on my internship application for Cancer Research UK. I was given an insight into the charity sector and how competitive it actually is. I learned how to elaborate the different skills I gained during my previous work experience on my CV.
Cancer Research UK offers a 12-week internship scheme three times a year, which I came across on the ‘Rate my placement’ website. Three days after the application deadline, I got an invitation for an interview at the head office in Angel for the High-Value Events and Partnership Intern role. I was interviewed by two people from the events department, which lasted approximately 50 minutes. Some of the questions were similar to the ones from the application form; some were completely different but closely linked to the specific role I applied for.
My advice for students who are looking to apply for a similar role in the future would be the following:
- Put effort into your application form in order to pass the first stage.
- Research the company well. You should know some relevant facts & figures in order to show that you’re interested in the organisation and to show an understanding of how they work and what they actually do.
- The interview is your chance to demonstrate your interest and especially your enthusiasm. Most of the questions ask for an example of a time when you had to use a certain skill. Try to make your answers lively and interesting to stand out from the other applicants.
The whole application process went quite well for me but in the future I would allow myself a bit more time when looking for an internship. I found the internship at Cancer Research UK only one week before application deadline which made the process a bit stressful as other assignments were due at the same time.
Longer term, my plan is to finish my studies in Germany and I would definitely like to do more internships in different sectors in order to get a better idea of what I would like to do in the future.
To make an appointment with our expert Careers Advisors, contact us today!
Call us on: +44 (0)207 487 7419 or visit our office in Jebb 205.
To find out the latest news and job opportunities daily:
Follow us on Twitter: @regentscareers
Like our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/rc.cbr