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by GK Strategy 2nd July, 2019
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The life of an Intern – Interning for a communications agency

Alfie Dewdney joined us for a short internship this summer. Here are his thoughts from working at GK.

Day One

First day nerves – there’s no avoiding them. Venturing out to spend a week in London as an Intern was always going to be daunting, but when combined with an abrupt 6am start and the challenge of manoeuvring trains and tubes, it’s natural to feel a little uneasy.

Fortunately, on arrival at the office on Monday morning, any feelings of apprehension and worry soon left me. In part, the welcoming atmosphere that greeted me went a long way to quelling these anxieties, but admittedly, they only completely abated when I realised that I wasn’t expected to learn everybody’s names immediately. Nonetheless, first impressions count, and my new colleagues at GK went a long way to make me feel like a part of the team from day one.

One of the standout aspects of my week at GK has been being entrusted with responsibility and autonomy from the outset. By Monday afternoon, I was already contacting representatives in parliament, government and civil society, seeking to gather their views in relation to a research project that the company was conducting. I also had the opportunity to contribute to a monitor report on education, which is a summary of UK political, government and parliamentary intelligence relevant to the sector, and to write a summary for colleagues of some of the takeaways from a recent Health and Social Care Select Committee, too.

Uniquely, I also had the opportunity to balance out my time in the office by getting to see the heart of politics and visiting Westminster. On Tuesday, my colleague Ian and I attended a session of the Health and Social Care Select Committee. We watched as Simon Stevens, Head of NHS England, was grilled by MPs on budgets, EU exit contingency plans, GP recruitment and soaring waiting times. On Wednesday, I also attended an event hosted by the Policy Exchange on the future of social care, and listened to contributions from Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, Labour Lord David Lipsey, and Telegraph columnist Camila Tominey.

Takeaways

In spite of the clichés then, about coffee runs and stress-filled days, in reality my week has been characterised as having the chance to work in an area that I love. Just remember;

  1. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. There’s nothing worse than ploughing ahead with something if you’re not entirely clear on the assignment.
  2. Get stuck in. Forget about the fact that you might only be interning for a day, week or month and take full advantage of all of the opportunities that present themselves to you.
  3. The early mornings are worth it. Getting up early is but a small price to pay for the wealth of new experiences and skills that you’ll develop.

Why not join the GK team? Have a look at our vacancies here.

Or you can read our blog about the GK culture here.

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