The GCS Internship Induction day took place on 17 July. Five interns give their impressions of the event.
Lauren Roberts, Cabinet Office: ‘The GCS Induction was a great day full of networking, creative thinking and inspiration. It was an excellent opportunity to meet some of the key figures in the GCS, and hear their own stories, which helped motivate me, giving real life examples of what a career in the GCS is like. One of the highlights of the day was being surrounded by so many diverse Interns who were all so focussed and driven towards achieving their aspirations.’
Toni Ayonrinde, Department for Transport: “The day provided us with the opportunity to learn more about the range of roles in the GCS and ask important figures about their careers within the Civil Service. Given the growth of social media’s role in spreading news and information, I particularly enjoyed the Introduction to Digital Communications delivered by Joanna Blackburn. I was especially interested in the topic of engaging the public.
Messages that particularly stood out to me were the importance of diversity, and having confidence in your value and ability, no matter your background. Overall, the day was a great preview of the various careers within Government Communications, ranging from Media Office to Digital to Marketing. I look forward to where my internship will take me.”
Emirjona Gjana, Foreign & Commonwealth Office: “We were welcomed by Selvin Brown MBE, Director of the Engagement and Policy Division who spoke of the great opportunities available in government and the GCS. He made clear that as an intern, you are constantly learning new skills and you can expect to find yourself working on anything from creating social media content to working directly with Ministers. Selvin stressed the importance of taking advantage of the opportunities available to us as interns, including shadowing opportunities and mentorship within the GCS.
A highlight of the day was definitely Alex Aiken’s, Executive Director of Government Communications, speech on the GCS. Alex spoke passionately about the communication service, reiterating the opportunities available to us on this internship for professional development. Alex was extremely motivating, saying that each and every one of us in that room had the opportunity to have a professional and rewarding career in the GCS and Civil Service, which was very reassuring to hear!”
Tobi Kolawole-Olutade, Cabinet Office: “My favourite session of the day was the introduction to campaigns from Mike Ashworth and Abimbola Caulker from the Department for International Trade. We were given a practical task, to work on a strategic campaign. That type of exposure in that moment made it more real that I will be using my own creativity and experience to improve people’s lives. This session showed the creative liberties you have when working on strategic communications, which illustrated how important your own identity and experiences are to your work in the GCS.”
Vimbai Mufunde, Department for International Development: ‘Following this, we were fortunate enough to hear from two GCS Intern alumni, Urvi Ramanuj and Selina Khan. Both women lit up the room as they shared their experiences as interns and then as permanent members of staff in the Cabinet Office. Their progression showed me that we’re not just university students, but the future leaders of the GCS, and threw away the notion that there is only one type of person who can succeed in this profession.”