Fresh Perspectives: Graduate Internship Scheme 2018/19

New intake of graduate interns begin work at London Met

Date: 16 October 2018

With the new academic year now underway, the University welcomes its new graduate interns. 

Now in its fifth year, the University’s internship scheme has proved to be a valuable opportunity for graduates to develop the key skills needed to break into their desired career sectors.

Fresh perspectives

The University’s Engagement team welcomed five interns this year.

Phil Chapman, London Met's Director of Engagement, said: “Our interns are vital to the work we do for the University. Having just graduated, they are still able to see the University through the eyes of a student, and so offer us fresh perspectives, which are crucial and benefit everyone.”

For many of the interns, this is their first foray into a professional full-time work environment, and each intern feels assured they will gain invaluable working skills to help them in their future careers. These skills range from learning to work with and communicate effectively with their colleagues; being able to work well independently; and gaining specialist skills, such as business and customer awareness, to name but a few.

Robert (pictured with the Vice-Chancellor's Executive Assistant Alan Ip), an intern in the Vice-Chancellor’s office specialising in Academic Initiatives, said: "I applied for the Graduate Internship Scheme because, having now finished my studies, I wanted to gain experience and employability skills from working in an office environment. Being in the Vice-Chancellor's Office, I'll get the chance to learn a lot and to work on a variety of different projects. I'm really looking forward to the year ahead!"

The most recent government figures show that 96.7% of London Met graduates are in work or further study within six months. This is only further evidence that shows how London Metropolitan University works to build bridges to the future for its students, giving them the skills to transform their lives and begin their careers.

Neelam Thapar, the Head of Careers and Employability: "We have been so pleased to develop and support the London Met Graduate Internship Scheme. The internships help graduates develop their employability skills, give them real experience and develop confidence, all of which helps to get that second job after graduation. We have been delighted to see what our graduate interns have gone on to do after leaving their internship. London Met staff also enjoy having our graduates work with them and learning from their experiences of being a student in shaping the different initiatives that benefit the London Met community.”