Case Study: Aimee Lawrence
Internship: Leeds City Council
My time at Leeds City Council provided me with a valuable insight into what a career within the public sector would entail. In addition, it allowed me to build and improve my knowledge of local government and politics.
Situated in the Liberal Democrat Group Support Office, I worked within a large team of administrative and support staff. My role was multifaceted, having to deal with a wide range of problems, issues and requests. This often involved working to tight deadlines and having to deal with conflicting demands from Councillors. My work included a range of responsibilities including, researching and briefing notes regarding issues on the minutes being presented to full Council, which tested my ability to gather, disseminate, analyse and evaluate large quantities of information to high standard.
Preparing speeches and briefing notes for contributions by Councillors to debates on White Papers, was also an integral part of my job description, as well as follow up press and other work arising from the Council meetings. This required I was able to communicate effectively with both internal and external stakeholders face to face, electronically and by telephone.
Having spent the majority of my life in full time education, the internship was a perfect introduction to 'real life' work situations which I feel will enable me to make a smoother transition into my up-coming graduate workplace.