Why be a Bradford Graduate Intern?


Every year, our Bradford Graduate Internship programme connects our recent graduates looking for work with local businesses and organisations who require assistance on individual projects.  

This year’s programme is now underway, so if you’re a summer 2015 UoB graduate who may be interested, there’s lots of reasons to get involved; you will get paid work experience, the opportunity to work on real projects that will develop your expertise and enhance your CV, plus there may even the opportunity for a permanent job at the end of it.

Here’s a couple of stories from last year’s programme:

Aishah Rafiq was a Marketing Assistant at Bombay Stores:

“Due to lack of relevant experience, I struggled to gain employment within an area that I really wanted to work in, and I not only thought that this (internship) would be an amazing opportunity to gain an insight working for a large organisation but to also gain relevant industry related experience.

The team that I was working within were so welcoming, and always there to offer their assistance if required. However, they were equally impressed at my ability to work independently with limited guidance.

I feel that I have matured as an individual and gained skills that are widely transferable. This internship has definitely allowed me to transition from a student to working life. It has confirmed my decision to embark on a marketing related career, and I have been offered a temporary role within the same department as a Marketing Assistant.

Tiffany Wring also took part in the programme last year, on an Equality and Diversity project within the University of Bradford:

I applied for the Graduate Internship Programme as I thought this internship would really useful to me as it closely related to my academic and career goals and it also allowed me to experience a mixture of roles within the University. The internship also improved my transferable skills which I developed through the years at the university such as team working, time management and communication skills.

As an intern, I was treated like a real staff member. My co-workers saw me as another colleague and gave me work accordingly. I enjoy the challenge of finding individuals and the chance to speak to them about their future career path. While on this internship I also enjoyed the variety and the interaction with people which is great, as well as this I enjoyed the opportunity to meet with other academics that are heads of areas.

After this internship I would like to stay in HR or Equality and Diversity and progress further. Being able to do this internship has changed my mind for the better; it has helped me understand a different side of recruitment and marketing than what I already knew. My plan was to apply for jobs in Recruitment and Marketing as I really enjoyed this internship and it made realise that this is something that I actually want to go into, and I have been offered a contract from my manager to stay on to this job in the University of Bradford.