I interned with Macmillan because I wanted to get some experience working in the third sector and find out how large charities operate. I also thought that the experience would enhance, develop and add to my skills.
The best thing about my internship has been the chance to learn from so many different people. Everyone I met was eager to answer questions or talk me through their role and the things they were working on. Plus, they were always on hand to help me out when I got stuck on something (particularly my fantastic and incredibly patient manager Amy).
Macmillan is very aware that you are volunteering your time. They always make sure that you don’t ever feel stressed, don’t over work yourself and get some really valuable experience. Inevitably, there are always some boring tasks in any job, but I was amazed at the scope for learning.
My team gave me some projects that really helped me get to grips with how the Macmillan website works. I learnt about the CMS, YouTube, Photoshop, and editing content for an online audience.
Another great thing about Macmillan is the working environment. Everyone goes out of their way to be friendly. On my first day my email inbox was flooded with lunch invitations and people were always checking in to make sure that things were going well.
Nobody can have a birthday without a customary sing-song with cake, there is always food everywhere, and if the sun is out you will be invited to at least 4 different picnics in the park. Of course, this only happens because everyone is working very hard the rest of the time!
I want to apply for more internships after I graduate. This will give me more development opportunities, like I've had at Macmillan, which will help me to decide what I want to do in the future.