In this post, Savanna interviews Leah Hardy, her internship site supervisor at Young Citizens, a UK-based charity. Continue reading to find out some tips from Leah, including how to prepare for your internship abroad!
Leah Hardy is the Digital Marketing Executive at Young Citizens in London, England, where Savanna Nolau is completing her semester internship abroad. Savanna sat down with Leah to find out more about why a student should intern abroad with a London-based company and what they will get from the experience.
SN: Why should a student from the US consider interning with a company in London?
LH: I really recommend for a student from the United States to consider interning with a company in London because each internship provides students with the chance to learn lots of new skills; both office skills and social skills. When a student throws themself into a brand new environment they are opening themselves up to making new friends and learning more about themselves. They are also bound to learn the difference between how British companies are run and how American companies are run. The cultural skills learnt abroad, or while remote, are able to be brought to other jobs. Cultural intelligence is a highly sought after skill these days. And, new skills learned and experiences will be solidified when the student is enrolled in CAPA’s Global Internship Course. All of these new skills will better help any student transition into new roles in the future!
SN: Why do you think it’s so important for students to gain internship experience while they’re in college?
LH: I think it is important for students to participate in internships while in college because it will allow them to build upon any knowledge they learnt from the coursework. Interning in an office in a student’s field of study teaches a different set of skills than having a regular college at a coffee shop. Though both jobs teach equally important skills, they are two different sets of skills. I think it is great for young people to learn new things and implement what they are being taught. Plus an internship allows students to ask questions to their colleagues and make new connections to further their careers.
SN: What advice would you give to students who are considering interning in the UK (either remote or in-person)? How should they prepare?
LH: Advice I would give to students who are trying to intern in the UK is make sure your resume, CV and cover letter are set up well! Then, be prepared for the interview! For example, if a student is applying to intern with Young Citizens and they land an interview, I would advise that they take a look at our website and make note of how we appeal to them. Doing this prepares the student for any questions they may be asked about how their skills will contribute to a company’s goal. After looking at a company’s website, the student will not only know how the company benefits the company, but also how the company benefits them and their goals. It is a mutually beneficial relationship and it is important for the student to be able to get just as much out of the experience as the company is getting by having an extra set of hands to help with the workload. If the internship is remote, having a laptop is key! Other things to have in place are email contacts, Zoom and WhatsApp. Communication while remote is important.
Notes from Savanna’s Global Internship Course about how to perfect a cover letter.
SN: What skills would you say are important for students to have prior to starting their internship with Young Citizens? What skills will interns acquire while working at Young Citizens?
LH: The important characteristic we, at Young Citizens, look for in a potential internship is drive. If a student has the motivation and passion to learn new things and produce lots of good content that match our goals as a charity, then they are a good fit for us. We are always looking for people who are willing to learn and throw themselves into all different tasks. Being flexible is a key skill that will be learned while interning at Young Citizens. Depending on the student’s interest, they will be placed in a department that aligns best with them which varies the professional skills they learn.
Savanna Nolau is an official Remote CAPA blogger/vlogger for spring 2021, sharing her story in frequent posts on CAPA World. An International Relations major from Suffolk University, she is remotely studying abroad and interning in London this semester.
Savanna's journey continues all semester so stay tuned.