Focus on Lavinia Chambers - Cadbury’s Intern at Heelis
I first decided to apply for this internship because I wanted to get creditable work experience from the National Trust. I wanted to work for an organisation which had the same morals and beliefs as myself. Even though an 8 month internship may seem quite long to some people; I found this very appealing as it meant that I would be able to work on a project from start to finish.
My internship involved working with a team of approximately 10 people, many of which were external. Initially, I had to support my line manager by contacting properties, creating and updating databases and collecting materials. I also attended a full team meeting every month in London. After 2 months, my line manager gave me my own project to work on which was called Event Volunteers.
I found that my "always up for it" attitude really helped me with this project as I had a lot of responsibilities. I had to help with creating the design briefs and collateral for the project; pitch to properties about the campaign; project manage it; and recruit volunteers. I learnt a lot when recruiting the volunteers and found this my most difficult challenge within my internship. It involved me going to Swindon College and talking to 12 classrooms full of 16-20 year olds who didn't have much of an interest in volunteering for "free". I had to use my initiative to entice them. Not everyone was interested but we did get 10 students on to our Taster Day at Avebury.
This has opened the doors for Avebury to work with Swindon College so that students can become more involved with their local property. At the end, I volunteered at Waddesdon Manor, Avebury and Lacock Abbey on the Easter Egg Trails. I enjoyed this as I saw first hand what we have been working towards for the past 8 months. It also gave me valuable event management experience.
Although some aspects of my internship were daunting, my communication skills and confidence has grown significantly. I can work successfully in a team, have proven that I can deliver what is asked of me and stand up in front of a room full of young people!
I would recommend an internship to anyone as it is so difficult to get valuable and creditable work experience, especially as a young person. It is brilliant that places like the Trust are willing to give people these opportunities and I can safely say that I was sad when my internship came to an end.
Lavinia is now working for the Trust as a Trust-Wide Events Coordinator.