Bangor University Undergraduate Internship Scheme

In our first ever newsletter we told you about the 31 students who have now all started their internships in different departments across the University. Designed to fit around students’ studies, the internships give students valuable work experience, allowing them to develop their skills and improve their employability. We spoke to Alex Aldred, a 2nd year Business Economics student, who has been working for the Institute for Competition and Procurement Studies (ICPS for short) as their Project Support Officer. Alex explains:

“The ICPS envisages to create world class research in the field of public procurement, and help reduce the barriers to contracts for small medium enterprises.The Institute has been running for a few years now and is part of the Law School, as well as running events for small businesses and procurers, it also can offer opportunities for students to take part in Procurement Week, on their student day, as well as the opportunity to study an LLM in public procurement, which does not require a specific background in Law.

As the ICPS's Project Support Officer, I have been surprised by the fast-paced and exciting work environment I stepped into. I think many students see University departments as quite sleepy and quiet, but Professor Cahill and the ICPS team are incredibly active. They made me no exception to this rule either; an example of tasks I have been asked to do is to handle all the nominations for the Welsh Procurement Awards.

This particular aspect of my work was very interesting, as it gave me an insight into what sort of organisations work in public procurement. It was also one of the first things I was asked to do, which surprised me because it was important to the entire success of the awards and they had entrusted a new intern with them.

I have found the internship a valuable learning experience, as well as good work experience. I feel I have learnt a lot in my short time with the ICPS, and I am sad to see my time end soon after Procurement Week 2013.

I would recommend a BEA internship to anyone looking for a challenging and diverse work experience package that fits around your degree. I would also say to any business student to look on the ICPS website, and see what they can do you for you. I was surprised to have not heard about it in my time at the Business School and I think they offer a really good insight into a relatively unknown field, and much, much more.

In the future I am looking to do the LLM in Public Procurement Law and Strategy, which they offer, and I hope to continue to perk my procurement interest further for now by writing my dissertation next year in this area.”

Publication date: 24 May 2013