» Issue 30: Autumn 2001

CGCU Internship Centre an on-line success

Thursday 18 January 2001 saw an unpretentious lecture theatre packed out with 450 students attracted by summer internships and free food. The City & Guilds College Union Internship Centre was successfully launched and over 500 students logged on to the Centre web site over the next four hours.

The C&G College Union has been working on this project for the past two years, with a simple objective: to help students find summer placements that are relevant to their choice of career. It complements the IC Careers Service which has a greater focus on graduate employment.

With funding from the C&G College departments and the Old Centralians Trust, an initial mail shot to C&G alumni resulted in a large number of positive replies. Considerable effort then went into putting all the relevant data on-line and building a website giving access to the information. Since it went live, it has received over 3,300 'hits' from 869 different students.

Some of the students involved in running the Internship Centre

While we continue to work towards our ultimate goal -a 'physical' staffed Internship Centre where students can come for advice -this year we plan to concentrate on developing the service on-line. The web site will be expanded to provide much more specific information about the placements on offer and students will be able to submit their CVs on-line when applying for a placement. The facilities for companies will be expanded as well, allowing employers to update their information more easily and to monitor the status of any applications they have received.

The Internship Centre relies upon the generous offers of placements from C&O alumni and needs continued support in order to prosper. We are now at the stage of inviting responses from companies and organisations who can offer opportunities for Summer 2002, and we hope that, as a member of COCA, you may be either in a position to make a direct offer, or alternatively, to invite colleagues in appropriate positions to do so. Students can provide valuable input to a job, technical or otherwise, as they are already on a fast learning curve and are motivated in their field. The fresh view of an undergraduate can also often help with a particular problem, especially as most IC students are provided with the most up-to-date learning tools and facilities.


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