Fera facilitates and students shine
The Food and Environment Research Agency was presented with an individual employer award at the Student Internship Bureau Summer Vacation Celebration at the University of York. The award, which recognised Fera’s help and support, particularly highlighted the Agency’s Business and International Development team as an exciting opportunity for internships
The University’s Student Internship Bureau links students seeking project-based work experience with appropriate employers in the York and North Yorkshire area. Fera have been part of the summer scheme since it was established three years ago, but this is the first year that students have been involved in the business support side of the organisation.
Fera’s Resource Manager Sarah Oehlschlager explains:
‘This has opened up science business experience to high calibre undergraduates, and demonstrates the excellent links and ongoing collaborations we have with York University and the Student Intern Bureau. It shows there’s more to science business than laboratory work - there’s all the functions which are needed in any business or organisation - dealing with the practicalities that make the end product possible.’
Three interns worked in the areas of Estates and Facilities Management, the Conference Centre, and European Bids and Tenders and played an integral role in the business.
Following on from this, one intern has gone on to work on an agri-policy project using Geographic Information Systems to look at how land-use has changed in the UK.