A student intern and a manager are smiling while they look at a laptop and discuss a project

Could your organisation benefit from a student placement?

Published : 10/10/22 | Categories: Information & support | News |

Do you have a project that you would love to work on but do not have the capacity?

The Futures Connect Team at Cardiff University are offering opportunities to place students and graduates in a variety of paid and unpaid placements. Having high-calibre, independent and pro-active students to support you with a particular project, or aspect of your organisations work, can have significant benefits.

Students are looking for a variety of experiences; from creating a marketing strategy, to supporting with research and funding bids. Cardiff University recognises the importance of work experience to compliment students’ academic study and are keen to link with different organisations in the third sector to facilitate this. 

The team can offer help with:

  • developing the role description,
  • attracting and selecting the right student,
  • supporting you and the student, before, during, and after the experience.

Still not convinced? Below are benefits other voluntary organisations have had from participating:

‘Having dedicated input of a placement for several days of work on our archives cataloguing project, enabled us to complete a much higher volume of material to a higher quality than would have been possible with casual volunteers. [The student] worked a great deal under his own initiative as he quickly became familiar with the Temple’s collections and mission; and he was able to lead a number of ‘reorganising’ activities that we have lacked ‘muscle power’ for to date.’

Unpaid Insight, WCIA

‘The placement was beneficial as it allowed us to complete tasks that we had no funding streams for but nevertheless brought closure to live projects. There was a tangible output that will remain as advice to the public and other professionals on our website. We would definitely hire a placement participant again.’

Paid Internship, Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust

‘We had a brilliant experience of the programme. The intern herself was conscientious, interested and extremely hard working. The internship was created to deliver one of our key strategic objectives (a campaign to protect homelessness funding) and so they were involved, very quickly, in strategic discussions and activities. It was highly beneficial not only to us but to our members.’

Paid Internship, Cymorth Cymru

To find out more please contact Faith Parsons, Futures Connect Project Officer: parsonsf1@cardiff.ac.uk

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