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Students adapt to remote internships

(5 January 2021)

Durham University student Molly Hayward

Student Molly Hayward

2020 saw staff and students finding innovative ways to secure work experience and internships whilst adapting to a rapidly changing work environment.

Whilst ongoing restrictions pose a variety of new challenges, we’ve been working hard to support students in their search for internships. These allow students to apply theoretical knowledge to real work experiences and understand exactly what they can expect in their chosen field.

Students responded well to alternate, remote working arrangements with their internship employers. Most students who completed a remote internship have been incredibly positive about the quality of their experience.

Working with prominent, global organisations

Fourth year Computer Science student Molly Hayward undertook a 12 week remote summer internship with online retail giant Amazon, working on an exciting data storage service project.

“I was initially apprehensive when I found out that my internship would be completely virtual and that I would not get the chance to work in one of their offices. However, I had an amazing internship experience and, despite working from home, I felt immersed in Amazon’s culture from day one,” Molly said.

“On my first day, I was provided with a virtual onboarding plan which included detailed training videos and introductory calls with the wider team. I felt really supported throughout.”

Internships in 2021

When reflecting on what made her remote experience so valuable, Molly offered some words of wisdom for students who may find themselves completing a remote internship in the future: “Reaching out to colleagues in different parts of the organisation for virtual coffees and making an effort to socialise online is crucial. It’s really about being proactive and putting yourself out there.”

The Careers & Enterprise Centre and the Computer Science Department can offer a range of support to students who are looking to undertake a fully remote internship or work experience opportunity.

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Computer Science was recently ranked (joint) number 1 for Graduate Prospects / employability in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide for 2021.