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Nurturing home grown talent

27 May 2015

How Manchester Graduate Internship helps our students – and how it can help you

Kory Stout

Manchester Graduate Internship Programme (MGIP) has successfully placed more than 700 graduates in a variety of organisations and local businesses, 250 at the University, since it started in 2008. And it has proved a tremendous experience all round. In this new series, StaffNet takes a look at why – and how it can help you.

When Kory Stout was taken on as the University’s Social Media Intern, he was surprised at how truly exciting and creative work could be.

And Kory, who graduated with a Biology with Sciences and Society BSc last year, surprised us – he was part of a team of interns who helped create the Faculty of Life Sciences’ amazing Minute Lecture video series.

Such original and inventive ideas, the energy to make them happen and having their ‘finger on the pulse’ of student experience like no one else is exactly why we run the Manchester Graduate Internship Programme (MGIP), delivered by The Careers Service.

Janet Ellis, Student Support Officer, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, says: “MGIP offers first class assistance throughout the recruitment process. We have found that the calibre of candidates has been consistently high – the only ‘downside’ is that it makes the decision who to recruit very difficult!”

Kory, whose line manager was UK/EU Marketing and Recruitment Officer Caitlin Clifford, agrees: “I got an awful lot out of MGIP. I got experience in a relevant work area – something that was lacking from my CV. I got skills in Science Communication, which was exactly the career path I wanted. In addition to that, I learned to develop skills I never knew I had. It made me a much more rounded individual and allowed me to explore exactly what I wanted to do after my Internship finished. It gave me great experience, new skills and helped to polish up existing skills.

“Obviously, I had to achieve my day-to-day responsibilities, but I was also able to take part in things I was passionate about. At times, it didn’t feel like work – it felt like fun!”

He adds: “I think that I offered a lot of creativity, enthusiasm and passion to all the projects I worked with. Working on social media may seem quite easy and straight-forward, but it is very hard to stand-out from other institutes and faculties. I believe that some of the new ideas I brought to the Faculty were extremely useful and something that will continue after I leave.

“The great thing is that MGIP allowed me to get a new position with the Faculty I was working with. I am now working as part of a digital communications team, updating the Faculties’ social media sites and writing content for their websites!”

More information

For information on how to recruit an intern, visit:

And to watch the results of Kory’s labour, visit: