I always viewed internships as a way for graduate students to gain work experience in their chosen field of work, or for an organisation to farm out those tedious, mundane and time consuming tasks that no one is eager to do. However, I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Milton's enriching web experience
After being made redundant and not having much success in securing a paid position in my chosen field of website management. I reassessed my view regarding being an intern after seeing CPRE's advert for a Web Intern. I thought this would be a good way to keep my skills current and learn new technology, as I was very keen to develop further expertise in web content management system.
My internship was initially for three months, working two days a week assisting with the roll out of the new CPRE template to the local CPRE branches. I also had the opportunity to attend a training session in Peterborough, where I met members of staff from various local branches who would maintain their website and to whom I would later provide technical assistance.
I was pleasantly surprised when I was given the opportunity to extend my internship after the initial three months. I worked with a number of the branches in preparing their website to go live, in particular London, Gloucestershire, Cornwall and Oxfordshire. Every week there was a new challenge or technical issues I had to solve which I relished, though at times I had a sense of apprehension as I had no prior experienced in using Joomla Content Management System (CMS). None the less I was pro-active in researching the CMS and I soon got to know the many features of the system, which enabled me to respond to technical queries. I assisted the Web Manager, Library and Information Assistant, Campaigns Assistant and the Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive in updating and creating new web pages, preparing the transport toolkit website and surveys for the CPRE national website.
Overall I have found this internship experience to very beneficial in enhancing my skills. The Communications and IT Team could not of been more helpful and supportive, which made this a positive and enjoyable experience. I will leave CPRE with a greater knowledge and understanding of using a new content management system, audio editing, posting sound files, picture research, and creating surveys. This internship will be of immense benefit to my employment prospect. I would positively recommend an internship to anyone wanting to further enhance their skills and knowledge, as this internship has been an invaluable experience.