From music to marketing – UCB's internships get business brains buzzing

May 2016

Business students will give their careers a jump-start this summer, thanks to an initiative being run by University College Birmingham.

The summer internship programme matches motivated students with local companies looking to invest in Birmingham’s next generation of marketers, events managers, digital gurus and business administrators.

UCB will pay up to £1,000 towards the salary of each student who joins a company for an eight-week, paid internship between June and September. UCB can provide additional financial support for charities and not-for-profit organisations willing take on interns. 

Vi Lin Kho, a first year Marketing with Events Management (BA) student from Malaysia, was able to turn her volunteer post at Birmingham Jazz into an internship. The 19-year-old said helping to promote contemporary jazz in local venues had confirmed her career plans for a future in events management. She added: “It’s given me proof that I’m definitely studying the right subject. I like the pressure of event management.”

Third year BA Business Enterprise student Ross Loveitt took part in the inaugural programme last year. He gained an internship at Marketing Birmingham – the city’s strategic marketing partnership.

Ross said: “Marketing Birmingham has a great working environment and I’m grateful to hired@UCB for offering me such a unique opportunity. I now have industry contacts, which are very important for students as they help with dissertation research as well as possible career opportunities. 

hired@UCB - the Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service for students and alumni - developed the idea in conjunction with the University’s Business School. The scheme is run by UCB’s Employability Tutor, Sandeep Malhi, and Employer Engagement Officer, Natasha Lawson-Hollingsworth.

Sandeep said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to gain relevant industry experience in their area of study, and put their academic knowledge into practice. Students learn valuable transferrable skills, which can give them the edge in a competitive job market.”

For more information on UCB’s internship programme, please contact Sandeep on 0121 232 4157, or Natasha on 0121 232 4322.