Do you think that your organisation would benefit from having a summer internship with a science and technology student during summer 2017?
We are inviting businesses from across all sectors, up and down the country to explore the talent of the science and technology students and recent graduates from Lancaster University in the form of a paid internship. The students will not only have in depth subject specific knowledge, but their time at Lancaster University will have built up their skills in team work, problem solving, analysis, negotiation, communicating and networking.
• Trial a potential student or graduate employee
• Access a broad mix of expertise
• Gain up-to-date skills and knowledge
• Address a skill or resource shortage
• Save valuable staff time with a low cost resource
• Give a student valuable industry experience
• Trial a new role or research a new idea
- The Challenge
The River Alt and Darwen, located in the North West of England, are currently failing to meet the ‘good’ status under the EU Water Framework Directory (WFD) regulations. The EA needed to undertake a review of this data with a focus upon the water chemistry of the rivers.
- The Solution
Rob Brooks, a BSc Physical Geography student, focused on reviewing the EA’s chemistry data, cross correlating this with land use information to understand the degree of variability in WFD classification within and between waterbodies. This allowed for critical analysis on the current monitoring system, which proposed how monitoring could perhaps be improved in future so that it is more representative of such variation. Rob also developed a Microsoft PowerPoint tool which allows a viewer to progress through the catchment reviewing relevant chemistry and land use information in a succinct format. By classifying each year of data for each monitoring point, spatial and temporal change within waterbodies can be more easily and efficiently understood.
The report provided the EA with a water quality assessment for the catchment, and also provided an assessment of the EA’s monitoring regime which highlighted potential gaps in information and how this monitoring could be improved. The Microsoft PowerPoint tool is a useful interactive means to make the catchment’s water quality issue more engaging for other members of staff or external partners to fully understand how the water quality is altering throughout the catchment. This is something that the EA is now looking to produce for other catchments
- Organisation Feedback
"Rob tackled the project with great enthusiasm and really wanted to not only scrutinise the data to write a good dissertation, but to provide the EA with a useful product at the end of the project. He really drilled down into what it was we really needed. He had a very professional attitude and produced a fantastic piece of work." Ellyse Maddocks, Analysis & Reporting Team Leader, Environment Agency.
LESS Promoting Sustainable Living
- The Challenge
The company wanted to improve its reach into the local community by developing the LESS website, newsletter and social media platforms, and expand LESS’s network of partners and community reach
- The Solution
Samantha Gray, BSc Hons Geography, was recruited through the Science and Technology Internship Programme for a six week internship with LESS. Samantha was responsible for marketing and communication of LESS projects and services, including via the LESS website, Facebook, Twitter and a regular newsletter.
Samantha undertook research and consultation, and produced effective analysis and reporting of data, building relationships with local people and organisations, and expanding LESS’s networks of partners. She also worked with the organisation’s Funding Coordinator to investigate funding opportunities for LESS and its services, and helped to complete applications for funding.
Through improving the LESS website and social media presence, LESS’s profile was raised, helping to attract more clients, volunteers and potentially new sources of funding, as well as contributing to making ethical products and services, and their local suppliers, more accessible.
- Company Feedback
“The project helped us to raise our profile, saved us time, and ultimately helped towards our aim of deepening understanding within local communities of sustainability issues and opportunities. We also benefitted from having a new pair of eyes and a perspective on the motivations of students and young people, a key target group for our work." Emily Heath, Director, LESS.
There are many different ways to enable students and recent graduates to get involved with your company. To find out more information, including the costs and process please follow this link.