Goodbye India the intern

“They made sure I got the most out of my time here and instilled a confidence within me”

After 10 weeks, we said goodbye to our intern India Bigg.

A graduate in American Studies from University of Sussex, with a passion for helping women and not eating animals, she brought with her lots of energy and enthusiasm and we will miss her.

But what did she get up to?

She sat in the communications and fundraising team and did lots of work around our trust fundraising, helping us keep in touch with our current donors and helping us find new ones.

We let her loose on social media, she did a great job pulling together visual content for that and editing our website.

Our Marathon runners were also on her to-do list, so she worked closely with them. And, we all had a night out supporting a marathon fundraising bash.

Seeing the bigger picture

And, we didn’t just keep her locked in the office. We wanted her to get the big picture of what we do, to see first-hand the impact our work. So, she went out in the field with our outreach team, who work with local young parents and spent time visiting our residential family assessment houses.

She saw our work from all angles.

Here she tells us a bit about her experience…

What did you take away from the experience?

“I worked closely with the communications officer and head of fundraising whom both mentored me. They made sure I got the most out of my time here and instilled a confidence within me, that I  am more than capable to take on multiple responsibilities and still achieve results.”

Building Confidence  

“The whole team have really welcomed me and I am so grateful for the opportunity of being able to have such a dynamic and flexible role. I have enjoyed my time here so much, I am only sad that the end has come around so quickly.

Welcoming team

“I have been able to learn and develop valuable transferable skills that will no doubt be extremely beneficial to me developing my career within the charity and not-for-profit sector.

We were chuffed to bits when she said this…

“I cannot stress how important it is to support and donate to your local and other small charities. It is the smaller charities who are being hit the hardest by austerity and cuts, and yet they still continue to work tirelessly to achieve their goals in changing the lives of those who need it most.

“If you are looking to develop a career within media and communications, public affairs and fundraising in the charity sector and want to know that the work you are going to do will make a difference, then I highly recommend the St Michael’s internship programme.”

What will happen next..

For the last few years, we have been lucky enough to get our interns from Sussex University. We have never been disappointed. They are always up for the challenge and eager to learn.

Now looking forward to seeing what India does next and meeting our summer Intern.

We like to think that because we are small and flexible, we can offer a really rounded experience to our interns. We want to help them grow and we want them to be as passionate about our work as we are.

We are currently working on a video where India shares her top intern tips and experiences – so what this space.

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