As part of the Careers Centre Summer Internship programme, Fiona Lewis (3rd year Chemistry) joins us for six weeks, working on a range of different projects. Read on to find out more about Fiona’s first week!
91 North Street, the home of the Development Office, became my new place of work at the beginning of June as I embarked on the first day of my summer internship. The initial tour of the office allowed me to meet the team behind the University’s fundraising and alumni relations and also gave me an insight into the many aspects that the Development Office encompasses to achieve sustained and successful alumni relations and giving.
The Development Office is responsible for the University’s philanthropic fundraising and relations with alumni, parents and benefactors worldwide. Development is intrinsic to strengthening the University’s position in terms of teaching, learning and research by promoting active participation, investment and loyalty to the University. With this in mind, I wanted to help Sophie and Phil, my internship advisors, in any way they needed.
I had a great first impression of the Development Office as I immediately felt valued when Sophie tasked me with putting together letters for Canadian and US donors. It seems working with the Development Office will definitely not be the stereotypical internship where I make tea and photocopy hundreds of things! My impression is that I will be able to contribute, offer my opinion, be listened to and encouraged to achieve as much as I can from the experience.
Later in the afternoon, I met with Sophie and Phil to chat over what the internship will involve and bring me up to speed with what they have been working on. Strands of my internship will involve preparing for and attending Graduation Week events, particularly in relation to Class Gift, writing reports on topics like the Student Activities Fund, researching and compiling a young alumni newsletter and, of course, working with Sandy McRaisin, the St Andrews alumni mascot, to put together some impressive Vine videos! (Check out our first one here).
My first week in Development was a big learning curve as I had to get to grips with new software and take in a lot of information. However, everyone definitely made me feel welcome and I am getting settled into the internship and the different projects involved. I’m looking forward to seeing what is in store in the weeks ahead and I’m eager to learn from everyone in the Development Office!