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Yusuf Molade is a student who’s going places - literally

15 Sep 2014

A seven-week Student Experience Internship with the Brooks World Poverty Institute was just one of the activities that this energetic economics and politics undergraduate managed to cram into the summer break between his second and third years

Yusuf Molade

Since June, Yusuf has worked as a corporate tax intern for three weeks with Deloitte in London, travelled to Hong Kong with the University's Global Graduate scheme where he met alumni and gained exposure to different work sectors, and undertaken a seven-week internship with the Brooks World Poverty Institute, where he was responsible for content curation on a research loaded website.

Yusuf’s placement at BWPI was part of the University Project Internship under the Student Experience Internship scheme. Each School within the University offers two paid internships to students specifically for second year undergraduate students.

The internship was focussed on reviewing the realms of content generated by completed research projects, identifying key information and making recommendations on where the content should be hosted on third party platforms like Viemo or Slideshare or removed entirely.

The Institute gave Yusuf full responsibility to veto or highlight research content, allowing him to talk to academics and other staff to work out what would be critical to researchers or students that might be looking for information.

Yusuf said the internship was an excellent opportunity for him to focus on developing specific competencies. “I enjoyed being able to work to a clear brief and coming up with my own way of delivering the work,” said Yusuf “The internships meant that I could focus on how to solve problems, ensure I communicate well with my manager and others in the office. Not to mention small things that were really important, like getting used to a regular timetable to make sure you’re up and in the office on time, which isn’t typical for student life!”

Having completed his internship, Yusuf will keep in touch with the BWPI. As the President of the Politics Society, he hopes that there will be scope for students to be involved with the Institute’s activities during November’s Policy Week.

The BWPI also think that Yusuf would be a great asset to the development politics sector and will invite him to future events and activities to network with academics and researchers as he competes his final year to ensure he is exposed to opportunities and thinking coming from the Institute.

Yusuf will be applying for graduate schemes in the forthcoming year and hopes long term to work in civil service, policy or with a pressure group.