The students completed the 10-week NextGen Leaders programme with Wavemaker, part of communications giant WPP. Wavemaker’s clients feature many high profile brands including Vodafone, L’Oreal, Chanel, IKEA, Paramount Pictures, Xerox and Palmolive.
Students received mentoring advice from business leaders, learnt about working in the media industry, developed their business and presentation skills and had the chance to network with Wavemaker’s clients and partners.
Participants in the programme also watched pre-recorded sessions and joined in live discussions to share their thoughts and ideas with one another. The internship was supported by We Speak, which helps young people develop their confidence in speaking and connects them with business and employment opportunities.
Student Ruth Mbu-Nswingani, 19, said: “My experience of working with the mentors was very positive. Everyone I interacted with had good vibes and gave great feedback.”
Another student Aaliyah Handi, 18, said: “I liked how we got to talk about what we’re passionate about and where we want to go in our future careers.”
Mentors providing support on the internship were impressed with the students’ commitment and attitude when it came to developing their skills.
Isabelle James, Planning Manager at Wavemaker, said: “The students were all very enthusiastic, bright and ambitious. It was very inspiring.”
Our Careers Service, which arranged for students to attend the programme, provides a wide range of work placement opportunities, resources and advice to help students achieve their university and career aspirations.
Careers Co-ordinator Jo Bishop said: “It was truly inspiring to hear the students speak with so much confidence and many have commented that they now have far more confidence in terms of applying for future opportunities.
“Our students completed the internship alongside undergraduates, but really stood out with their engagement on the programme and their willingness to learn and develop. We hope that this is the start of a fantastic partnership with Wavemaker and We Speak.”