Even though we’re in the middle of winter, its maybe time to thinking about summer and summer plans. I’ve interviewed a couple of course mates (they all do either PAIS, EPAIS, or PPE) on how they’ve spent their previous breaks in order to give you an idea of the kinds of things you can do!
Shivani Bagdai (EPAIS)
Warwick Undergraduate Research Support Scheme (URSS).
"I spent my summer taking part in the URSS program which funds undergraduate students to conduct their own research on any topic and with any supervisor of their choice. It was extremely flexible since I could pick the dates that suited me and my supervisor best. Under the scheme, I also got to attend certain workshops that gave me background on research and posters which helped me gain an insight into the world of academia. At the end of the program, I was required to submit a poster and answer a number of questions pertaining to my experience.
I would definetly recommend thisif you want to pursue masters or in general go into the field of academic research. You can easily build on this research and go on to write an academic paper. It is also great for your CV and it provides you with basic knowledge about what to further expect when doing research. I would definitely recommend doing a URSS if these are your motivations. (Another plus about doing a PAIS research is that you don’t necessarily have to be on campus since it involves a lot of reading as opposed to lab work that a lot of science projects need!)"
Sonali Gidwani (PPE)
I served as a newsgathering intern at CNN; this involved researching and fact-checking for various news pieces on behalf of the team. I was also involved in production, and was involved in some of the initial stages of the editing process of news segments. I got the chance to prompt for news anchors during live segments as well.
As my internship progressed, I finally worked up the courage to ask the assistant editor of CNNMoney at the time, if I could write something for the website. I worked on a piece extensively and managed to publish my piece to the website. I gained confidence in the workplace, interpersonal skills, learned new terminology and learned how to persevere when fact-checking.
Interning at CNN has transformed my journalistic work for the better and made me realize the fields I could experiment with before settling for one kind of journalism. I also made some great industry connections, which I used recently when organising a finance journalism forum at Warwick
Priyanka Kumar (PPE)
I participated in an AIESEC internship in Hanoi, Vietnam for six weeks. AIESEC is a global platform and a non-for-profit organisation that allows people to explore and develop their leadership potential abroad through volunteer exchange programmes. In short, these programmes provide young people with the opportunity to engage in cultural exchange and make a positive impact on society.
My role involved working with a team of nine other interns to create and deliver weekend workshops on interpersonal skills to Vietnamese undergraduate students at National Economics University, Vietnam (NEU). The role involved a lot of collaborative teamwork and creativity for designing workshop activities and games.
I feel that this internship helped me to develop soft skills such as public speaking, confidence and the ability to adapt well to a new culture. Most importantly though, I was able to form strong friendships with my team members and the Vietnamese students. I bonded well with my team of interns as we were able to travel extensively around the region.
I definitely think that participating in this AIESEC internship has helped me to stand out from the crowd when applying for future job roles. If you are considering a career with an international focus, the experiences gained from AIESEC allow you to easily demonstrate that you have a flexible, global mind-set and that you can cross cultural barriers with ease.