University celebrates new intake of Kick Start Interns

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Recent University of Liverpool graduates who have enrolled on the Kick Start programme have begun their three-month internships at the University.

The 42 Kick Start Interns are taking part in placements right across the University, in all three faculties, as well as in Professional Services.

The Careers & Employability team had a great response from departments across the University to host placements with interns now working in locations as diverse as the School of the Arts Research and Impact Team, Health & Life Sciences Technology Directorate, and the Sydney Jones Library.

A number of interns will be involved in supporting research activities in areas such as Materials Science, the Biostatistics and Clinical Trials Research Centre, and the School of Engineering Bio-Mechanics group.

Interns will also be involved in developing websites and digital resources, including interactive activities for VR headsets, while others are helping with outreach activities including the Autonomous Systems Summer School and Moon Landing events.

Peter, BSC Mathematics and Economics graduate and 2018 Kick-Start Intern in the Research and Finance Team explains how the programme benefited him: “My internship was a fantastic opportunity to gain real world work experience and helped me transition from university life into being a working graduate. If I wasn't a Kick Start Intern, I wouldn't be in my current role now.”

Over the next three months the interns will benefit from a structured work experience placement that incorporates a graduate development programme, beginning with their induction day in the Career Studio.

Support will be offered from the Careers & Employability team for the duration of the placements to ensure that the interns are able to make the most of the opportunity to develop skills and enhance employability.

Emma Moore, Director of Careers & Employability, said: “This is a great opportunity for recent University of Liverpool graduates to gain really useful work experience, and take the first step in their careers.

"We’re grateful for the support from colleagues across the University in offering to host interns, and look forward to hearing how the graduates get on in their placements."

The internship programme, now in its second year, is tailored for individuals who have graduated in the previous year.

If you are interested in the 2020 internship intake make sure to register as a Graduate on the Liverpool Career Hub to keep up to date with any openings and development opportunities.