Students put Business degree knowledge into practice on university-organised internships

Two students from the University of Roehampton’s Business School are directly benefitting from a construction project creating the University’s new multi-million pound hall of residence and library, after securing internship roles with contractor Osborne.

Posted: 17 July 2015

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Business student Tavan Hamarash, with University employment advisers Louise Dungate and Femi Yusoof, and Lawrence Wilson, Osborne site manager at the construction site.

The University has arranged more than 30 paid internships for students during the past academic year, in roles as diverse as sports and nutrition, publishing, events management, professional training computing, research, management consultancy and public relations.

Harry Grout, who is set to graduate with a BSc in Marketing later this month has just started a year-long paid role as a pre-construction intern after being recruited via the University’s Unitemps service. He is based at Osborne’s head office in Reigate and works on a team preparing presentations and pitches to potential clients.

“Being hired by Osborne has been a fantastic opportunity to put all the theoretical marketing knowledge I learnt at Roehampton into practice in the real world,” he said. “Witnessing the impact my input within Osborne early on has had has been gratifying, and learning new disciplines from my colleagues has been excellent.”

Tavan Hamarash is the first student from the University to take part in a rolling programme of on-site work placement training while the company builds the university's new hall of residence and library.

Tavan, who is preparing to begin the final year of her Business degree in September, is based in the construction site’s offices. Being there gives her first-hand experience of the practicalities of providing business-related support services to large scale construction projects. She has worked on the production of a regular newsletter which Osborne circulates to students and nearby households explaining the project and is also responsible for document control.

The partnership with Osborne during the three years which the company will work with the University is designed to give students practical experience of working in jobs relevant to their degrees within a large and respected business.

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