Hi, my name is Liz and I’m a first year Environmental Science student at the University of Exeter. I’m excited to be starting my Summer Student Internship with the Volunteers in Communities (VIC) research project team at the Centre for Geography, Environment and Society. In my role I will be looking at branding, the development and management of the VIC website, producing a promotional film and blogging about the progress of my project throughout.
I have previously worked in the higher education sector in events management and student recruitment roles, engaging with a wide variety of stakeholders. I bring with me experience of project management, working in a public relations office and volunteering for an environmental charity.
As a mature student I am focussed on creating opportunities for a career change. I am interested in sustainability, how humans and the environment interact and the effects of this on both a local and global scale. This internship opportunity gives me the chance to be involved with an innovative, local project with world-class researchers. Undertaking research and seeing how this can implement positive change at a grass-roots level is what I hope to be involved with in my future career.
Volunteers in Communities is an essential research project to aid the development of the public services support network for the communities of the future. I believe due to the increasing reliance on the voluntary sector, mobilising volunteers to the locations where support is needed the most and how to sustain this will be amongst the challenges ahead for communities. Therefore, the pioneering approach of VIC and its partners facilitates solutions for these pressing issues.