The best things about being a Manchester Graduate Talent Intern 

As this academic year comes to a close, you may be thinking about your transition from student life to working life. The Manchester Graduate Talent (MGT) scheme is a great place to bridge that gap. Keep reading to learn my three favourite things about being an MGT Intern! 

1. Staying in Manchester

One of the main reasons I wanted to work at the University was so I could stay in Manchester. Being close to the University has definitely helped me transition from student life to working life. Sometimes a familiar environment is what you need, and it has been interesting to learn about what goes on behind the scenes at The University of Manchester. I enjoy being able to support students in my role and as a recent graduate, you’ll be able to offer a student perspective – which is really refreshing for everyone else who works here. This makes you a valuable asset to whichever department you join as an MGT intern!   

2. Hybrid Working

This was one benefit from the pandemic that I’m glad we kept around – the option to work from home. In most MGT schemes, you’ll only be required to work part of your work week on campus. For me, this means saving travel costs/time in the morning and fewer days I have to meal prep for! You could even choose to work all your days on campus if you like the change of scenery.

3. Flexibility within your role 

I saved the best for last. As an MGT Intern, you will have the flexibility to get involved in different projects depending on your interests. From helping with marketing, to writing blog posts, to organising huge University events – you could even create your own! In doing so, you will develop desirable skills and experience to improve your future employability. You can truly make your internship your own. By the end, you will have gained experience in many different areas of administration, communication and project management/support.

Overall, the MGT Internship schemes are a great place to learn a variety of workplace skills and see if the 9-5 office life is for you. I can’t recommend it enough as your first step into the working world.

Written by Maren Kuzmak-Carlson, Manchester Graduate Talent intern in the Careers Service