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Durham University

Computing and Information Services

What our previous interns thought

What would you say to anyone considering applying for the program in the future?

Although previous experience is beneficial don’t get discouraged if you’re not doing a computer science degree. IT is an always changing environment anyways where you’re always having to acquire new skills. I found a natural curiosity for technology and a willingness to learn much more helpful than my previous technical knowledge.

Helena Herrmann: Technical Services, Summer 2015

What was the day to day experience like?

My experience progressed more on a week to week basis. For the first couple of weeks I had to learn everything from scratch, and then every few weeks I would be working on different parts of the website, tackling different types of problems.
It wasn’t an issue that I didn’t have any prior experience. The rest of the team were always eager to help me, not only by answering my questions, but also by giving me background information for the issue, building my overall knowledge.

Stefan Avanessian: Web Team (IS), Summer 2015

What was it like seeing the University from the other side?

It was really interesting to see just how much work goes into the provision of services and information available to students at Durham University. I enjoyed meeting staff members from a variety of departments and areas within the University and seeing how their roles fitted within DU's aim of academic and experiential excellence.

Harriett Taylor: Business Analyst, Summer 2015

The thing I enjoyed the most about CIS was the people. Everyone was really friendly, and whenever I needed help with anything I always knew I could just go up and ask. The mentor system was especially useful since there was always an expert in my field and a reliable pool of experience at hand.

Will Vick: Business Analyst, Summer 2014