Focus on: Careers – The Manchester Graduate Internship Programme (MGIP)
Hi, my name is Sarah and I graduated last summer from the University of Manchester with a 2:1 in French and Italian. I chose French because it was a subject I’d enjoyed at school and Italian because I wanted to try something new. Throughout my degree, my knowledge and passion for languages grew exponentially but I also had the opportunity to develop many key transferrable skills that would put me at an advantage in the job market. For the past year, I’ve been undertaking a paid internship at the University, which has given me even more opportunities to develop my skill set, and I’ve now secured a permanent position at the University.
What is MGIP?
The Manchester Graduate Internship Programme offers Paid Internships working at the University and in other businesses across Manchester. They are only open to Manchester Graduates so there is a smaller pool of applicants to compete with than most other internships and graduate schemes. They vary in length from 4 to 12 months and have different start dates between June and January.
I applied for an Internship in the Student Recruitment and Widening Participation (SRWP) Team as I had previously worked as a Student Ambassador and I wanted to work on similar events as a member of staff. The SRWP Team take on 5 Graduate Interns each academic year to support with their delivery of events to promote the University and provide accurate information, advice and guidance to prospective students.
My internship involves supporting the pre-16 team, in particular, the University’s Gateways and Primary Awareness programmes, who work with targeted groups of young learners across Greater Manchester to raise aspirations and promote Higher Education. The ethos of the department, that Higher Education should be accessible to all regardless of social or economic background, is something that I am really passionate about and one of the main reasons why I have enjoyed my time here so much.
Throughout the year, I have hugely developed my pre-existing skills, such as Communication, Organisation, Working as part of a Team and Time-Management but I have also gained many new skills, such as Data Analysis, Report Writing, Event Planning, Leadership and Staff Supervision. I have has the opportunity to take part in Higher Education events all across the UK and make a real contribution to the development of systems and programmes within the team. …And all of this whilst being paid!!
I’m really glad that I chose to do an MGIP, especially as I’ve now used the skills I developed to secure a permanent position in the International Programmes Office at the University, and I would recommend it to any graduates who maybe aren’t quite sure which direction they want their career to take and want to gain new skills and experience.
To find out more about the scheme you can visit the website:
where you can read stories from other Graduate Interns as well so you don’t have to take my word for it!
Or if you need further convincing, watch this video: