Communications Intern at Keep Scotland Beautiful
We currently have a great new opportunity as a Communications Intern with Keep Scotland Beautiful, and who better to tell us about the role than former Comms Intern Ross Brannigan?
On 3 December 2018, I stepped into the offices of Keep Scotland Beautiful – my first shift in a real full-time job. Soon, I will be waving goodbye to this incredible organisation, which has given me so many opportunities and taught me so much. Thus, it seems a good time to reflect on the past five months and write about this brilliant group of people
I stumbled upon a job posting on Adopt an Intern (AAI) – a site where companies list internship opportunities. Internships can get quite a bad reputation: usually the image of an unpaid graduate making coffee and being sent to cover jobs no one else wants to do springs to mind.
AAI is not like that. It helps people find paid opportunities to get their foot on the career ladder. I had tried a few career paths during university, most notably journalism, writing and eventually being editor-in-chief of my student newspaper, as well as working for the BBC and other organisations as a freelance.
I continued to hone my ‘nose’ for news and finding the hook in a story. Above all, I love communication. Listening to and speaking to people, telling stories and understanding what makes people excited and motivated is what really interests me. I had hoped I could somehow pull this passion together with my love for the outdoors.
Therefore, I jumped at the opportunity to work as a Communications Intern at Keep Scotland Beautiful, if nothing more than to direct my career path and help me learn more about what I wanted to do with myself.
Instantly, I connected with the people in the office. Even in my interview, I was welcomed so warmly – which really helps in an interview to calm the nerves! Since then, that feeling has only increased, with my becoming much more than just an intern but a genuine member of the team.
With that in mind, here are five things I have learned and would tell someone coming to work as an intern for Keep Scotland Beautiful:
I have loved my time at Keep Scotland Beautiful. I am now moving on to work in a full-time and permanent role with another environmental charity, and I know everything I have learned in this role has prepared me perfectly for the future.
I have had every opportunity I could have asked for – from social media strategies to media briefs, from website design to procuring and then dressing up as The Beano’s Dennis and Gnasher!
I will miss this team, but I am so excited for the future!
Like the sound of this role? Apply now!