Working as an intern for Bob Blackman, MP for Harrow East, has been a truly remarkable experience. As a prospective Politics student I have relished the opportunity to see first-hand what the day to day role of an MP entails and, in doing so, I have become part of a team dedicated to helping constituents in any way possible.
My role as an intern has proved to be the most unique learning opportunity; the administrative and communicative skills I have gained along the way would undoubtedly prove beneficial in any profession. The full-time nature of my employment has given me the chance to fully immerse myself in a huge variety of tasks; everything from answering phone calls from upset constituents seeking assistance, to accompanying Bob on tours of the Houses of Parliament. Other daily tasks include assisting caseworkers by writing to constituents with updates and a number of administrative tasks such as inputting data from surveys and writing back with appropriate responses.
I have gained a true insight into the hugely varying demands of the role of an MP and the tireless effort it takes to fulfil such a role. It is difficult to convey just how grateful I am for being given the chance to see the intricacies of how politics works at ground level, it is an experience.
I must also thank you for advertising the position in the first place as, if it hadn't been for the notice I doubt I would have ever applied and would have missed out on what has been an unforgettable experience - thank you!
I reached out to Poorvi and the ONL Network because it was something people had always spoken very highly about, and I was keen to expand my network within the Banking and Finance. The NLCS team were great: they put me in touch with a couple of people who were highly respected within the field and who were more than happy to meet. I was surprised by how forthcoming Poorvi and the team were, and how happy they were to help. I also found that Poorvi still kept in touch with ideas and recommendations even after our initial conversation. The ONL jobs network is a real testament to the strength of the school community beyond your initial academic career here.
I wanted to get work experience in a London law firm after my first year at university. I approached the Development Office as a result of their offer of help to ONLs and I was able to get a week's work experience at Charles Russell LLP in the City. This firm had acted on behalf of the ONLA in writing a new constitution.
Summer 2009 : I’d always been interested in a career in financial journalism but never had the opportunity to gain the relevant experience to confirm that this was the career path for me. By approaching the Development Office, I managed to secure a coveted internship at the Financial Times with the help of their contact and fellow ONL, Gillian Tett, assistant editor of the paper. My main responsibility was to write the Asia-Pacific markets report and overall the whole internship was thoroughly enjoyable. I now definitely wish to pursue a career at the FT and it is thanks to the Development Office’s help that I was able to realise this.
I had always planned on taking a gap year after finishing at Oxford, to give myself some time to work out the career path that I want to follow. One of the avenues I am exploring is law, in particular the bar. Other friends from NLCS had approached School and been introduced to contacts in their prospective professions, so I decided to follow suit, and have had my decision more than validated. The NLCS Alumnae network is an amazing resource for recent graduates, especially if you are still working out what you want to do, as it encompasses people who have experienced success in every profession you can think of. I was put in touch with Dame Victoria Sharp, a High Court Judge and ONL, and consequently spent three days shadowing her in the Royal Courts of Justice. This gave me a fantastic insight; I read through, discussed and watched Court hearings that addressed many different areas of law. I would never have had this opportunity if I hadn't got in touch with the Development Office, and as such I am very grateful for their support, and recommend that others should do the same!
I just wanted to send you a quick email thanking you for helping me to secure an internship at the FT. I have been there for a week now and am enjoying it immensely. Sadly I only have another week left before I finish as I must return to the US for school - I would love to stay longer! In any case, I just wanted to pass on a thank you, I really appreciate all the work you did.
The Development Office was able to help me with shadowing a current parent QC and another barrister during my pupillage applications for the Bar. The personal introduction via North London Collegiate made the world of difference in being able to contact them and fix up times to meet. I also got help from the Development Director with how best to present my CV to the various chambers.