In the Long Vacation, 31 St Anne’s students undertook internships as part of the Danson Programme.

Each year, The Danson Foundation offers St Anne’s undergraduate students the chance to complete a four-week paid internship, across a range of sectors. The Danson Foundation also supports students through the funding of bursaries – in 2016/17 there were 27 Danson Bursary holders.

All internships are based in organisations connected to the Danson Foundation across digital media, journalism, management consultancy and the third sector. Companies included GlobalData, New Statesman, the Prince’s Trust, The World of Fine Wine, PEAS International, MyBnk, the Education Endowment Foundation, PCP, Press Gazette, Spear’s 500 and Transparency International.

Our students find the internships incredibly valuable, as they provide access and unparalleled insight into the sector in which they worked, whilst building up their skill sets.

 “I very much enjoyed my time at the New Statesman and was incredibly sad to leave once the four weeks were up. I feel incredibly lucky to have had this opportunity and would like to thank both the New Statesman and the Danson Foundation for it” Natalia (English, 2nd year)

The students are quickly given independence and responsibility for their work, making it particularly rewarding for them to see the results of their work make a real impact, contributing directly to the objectives of the different companies they worked for. Networking and the chance to meet new professional contacts also emerged as further very positive outcomes of the Internship Scheme.

“I found the internship useful and insightful, gaining exposure to some of GlobalData’s work, and learning much about what goes on under the surface, with opportunities to ask questions about every aspect of the work of those around me. I am very grateful for the experience, and am pleased with how well it went and what I learnt in the process” Brandon (Mathematics, 2nd year)

We would like to extend our most appreciative thanks to The Danson Foundation, and the other organisations, which welcomed our students into their teams, and supported them throughout this great opportunity.

The Launch Event for the 2017-18 Danson Programme is at 5.30pm on Wednesday 15 November in the Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre. See more information and sign up via weblearn.

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