Faculty of Social Sciences

Megan Chance's Placement Experience

Third Year BSc Economics, placement as Fundraiser at Imara CIO

I completed my summer internship at Imara CIO as a fundraiser. Imara is a small Nottingham charity that supports children following sexual abuse disclosures through a vast range of therapies. Through my time working with them, I was involved in a wide variety of tasks, such as researching small charities and clubs in the area, or quoting prices for merchandise to raise awareness, as well as setting up an event to raise money for the charity. I feel the experience helped me to develop several skills that will aid me through my career.

I discovered the Widening Participation Placement Programme through email and applied once I found I was eligible. The application process was smooth, and I felt comfortable at every stage. The application involved questions about my motivations for wanting to apply for role and host, followed by an interview with further questions about why I’d fit the role and previous experiences that prepare me for it.

My favourite part of the placement was leading on organising a charity event. I set up a small bake sale and tombola for the staff and volunteers of the charity. This was a success and we generated approximately £150 following the generosity of small and large businesses that donated goods to our event.

My professional communication skills have benefited from this placement and there were opportunities where I had the chance to recognise not only my own strengths but those of my colleagues too, because of this we were able to carry out essential tasks productively and successfully.

Overall, the experience was insightful and very useful. I was able to develop essential skills for future employability and am very grateful to have been a part of the programme. If you’re thinking of applying for a placement, my advice would be to go for it! Don’t be nervous, the host will always make clear their expectations and in my experience have been extremely appreciative of the work you put in. You get out of the internship as much as you put in and this was a great step for my professional growth. 



Faculty of Social Sciences

University of Nottingham
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