The placement year really taught me a lot more than I could ever have imagined and has given me that sense of security that once I finish my degree I will be ready to work equally alongside event professionals.
Our Board of Directors recognises that succeeding as a business isn’t only about hiring the best people for our team; it’s also about leveraging our position as one of London’s top venues and event spaces to nurture and develop the best emerging talent in the industry.
That's why we’ve been offering 12 month paid internships in event management for several years, to students from some of the UK’s top universities.
How does the program work?
Event management students are required to complete a 12 month placement (starting in July) in order to enter the final year of their degree. It's a challenge, but the experience is hugely worthwhile. Elis Moormaa finished her work at 8 Northumberland Avenue in 2015 and noted that:
“The placement year really taught me a lot more than I could ever have imagined and has given me that sense of security that once I finish my degree I will be ready to work equally alongside event professionals.”
While students aren’t graded on the work they do with us, it certainly goes on to shape the final year of their education and sets them off with the right mindset to join the industry.
Who are we looking for?
We like to hire interns who will not only make a valuable addition to our team, but are keen to expand their knowledge, able to think on their feet and willing to hit the ground running.
Interns are here to help us deliver an exceptional service and so are given a lot of responsibility from day one, ultimately working unsupervised and managing all aspects of the meeting rooms on their own.
What do our interns do?
They spend plenty of time maintaining relationships with suppliers and, most importantly, looking after our clients from start to finish. Interns not only report directly to our Head of Sales but also have an operational direct report, so they pick up valuable event management experience as well as account management and leadership skills that can be applied in their future careers.
It’s certainly a far cry from filing contracts and making tea, but as Ella said upon finishing her internship:
“I learnt more on my placement year than I ever have in a lecture at university - being able to say I have taken an enquiry and sold an AGM for a client like John Lewis is definitely something I didn’t expect to gain!”
We treat our interns as normal employees so that they gain authentic experience of a busy workplace environment, building both their confidence and professionalism.
And what follows after a successful internship?
New graduate Charlotte felt that: “My position taught me how to pre-empt customer needs and interact with enthusiasm, personality and professionalism.” We're also pleased to announce that Ella has just been awarded the Events Management Student of the Year Award by Ashfield Meeting and Events!
Another of our interns, Hayley Economou, told us that she “learnt very quickly that if my communication was not precise and clear this would have a major impact on the delivery of the service to the client”, and that “I learned techniques to build rapport and started to realise how repeat business is a great way for a company to grow and how important it is that the client always receives the best service.”
These insights can only come about through practical experience, and we were lucky enough to bring Hayley back to 8 Northumberland Avenue after her graduation, where she's been working full time since 2013.
Congratulations once again to Charlotte and Ella, and good luck and welcome to Maddie Fleetwood, our new intern this year from the University of Gloucestershire!