Programming, web development and data forensics at the 2022 Digital Interns at presentation evening
As the end of August rolled around, the sixth Discover Digital Summer Internship drew to a close with a packed presentation evening to showcase the projects the interns had been working on.
At this year's presentation evening we heard what our interns had been up to at their summer placements, ranging from marketing projects, programming and web development, data reporting and learning about data forensics. The placement companies this year, Cortex, Resolution IT, First Central Group, PwC, Deloitte, EY Channel Islands and the Digital Greenhouse included the nine interns on projects designed to give a real sense of what working day-to-day in the digital sector can be like.
We first heard from Will Dereham who has spent the summer working in the advisory team at PwC, learning about how to optimise prioritisation to create value in his work and sharpening his programming and web development skills. Secondly, Evelyn Stevens shared the marketing project she has been leading at the Digital Greenhouse, generating awareness for the memberships on offer with a series of member interviews in multiple media formats that are housed on the website, and learning how to use editing programmes to create videos to be shared on the DGH social channels.
Next Cortex's intern Samantha Preece presented her work on Seahorse - a time management system in Blazer. She worked on data reports for various business functions, like time and client management. Learning how to write efficient code, debugging it and writing in c-sharp. Samantha's biggest takeaway was learning how to use programming skills in a professional environment and in client relations. William Stoddart interned at Deloitte, building his programming skills in VBA (visual basic for applications) courses and learning about cyber incident response. While working on business evaluation sheets, William also coded new output sheets to share the data without affecting formatting. In the later weeks of his internship, William had been learning about cyber incident response, shadowing a first responder from the UK and studying digital forensic data collection tools.
Lastly, we heard from Callum Wood, who had been working at First Central Group with two other interns Jared and Xavier on a team management platform and trying to improve its user experience in Azure. Callum shared his work on the wireframes and the coding process using visual studio and the collaborative sprints that the team has been on. His greatest takeaways were the coding expertise and the experience of working in a team.
Please keep reading for a snippet of the day-to-day life of 2022's Discover Digital Interns and their experiences on this programme below.
A day in the life of an intern
Jared SarchetPlacement Company: First Central Group
Evelyn StevensPlacement Company: The Digital Greenhouse
What does a day in the life of an intern look like?
A day at the Digital Greenhouse for me was always different depending on what stage of the marketing campaign I was working on. I have spent days speaking to members, filming interviews, creating and editing videos and writing articles.
What have you been working on during your internship?
During my internship, I have been working on interviewing different members about how they use the space and what made them decide to join the Digital Greenhouse. I have then taken these interviews and cut them down into short videos and added graphics and background music to them, this makes them more interesting to watch. This is all part of an awareness campaign that the DGH has put together with me.
Which skills have you developed during the placement?
During my placement at the Digital Greenhouse, I have developed my skills in a range of Adobe platforms including Premiere Pro, After Effects and Illustrator. I have also had the chance to work on my social skills in a professional workplace. Gaining the confidence to talk to many of the members that come and go from the space.
Has the internship helped you with future career choices?
This internship has really helped me be able to pinpoint what I want to achieve in the future. I have had the opportunity to speak with a range of different people who all have different jobs and it has really led me to find some interesting careers. Not only have I found out about different careers through members but the people I have been working with over the 6 weeks. From them, I have been able to see all their individual work come together to create the media and programmes that are posted online and on social media.
Lastly, what would you say to students looking to take part in the 2023 internship?
For students looking to take part in the internship next year, I would tell them to go into it with an open mind and be ready to learn new things, share ideas and be themselves!