Faithful+Gould’s Glasgow office recently launched a local internship scheme, offering a three-week placement to aspiring young professionals. We already had a great relationship with the School of Engineering and Built Environment at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), delivering guest lectures, contributing case studies for course resources, and attending careers fairs. GCU was therefore a natural choice for our intern recruitment.
We were very encouraged by the interest shown in the opportunity and we interviewed eight candidates. Our successful interviewee was Rose Jimenez, from the Dominican Republic and a recent graduate on the GCU master’s degree in International Project Management. Rose became our first intern in Glasgow, joining us in August 2018.
We planned a structured three-week programme for Rose, ensuring a variety of meaningful work experience. She participated in projects led by several Faithful+Gould business units, working alongside our cost management and project management teams.
Rose contributed to several projects at the University of Glasgow, University of Stirling and East Ayrshire Council, taking part in design team meetings, client progress meetings, internal meetings, risk management workshops, quantities exercises and site visits.
Her final week included a research project and presentation on Scottish Government Spending Plans 2018-2022. This produced very useful information for our business, feeding into our future sector, territories, projects and investment plans.
The internship proved an enrichening experience for both parties. In-house, those of us working with Rose found that she brought fresh ideas, and we were given a valuable insight into what recent graduates have been taught. Going forward, we expect that internships will help us to identify future talent and will enable us to give something back to the local community.
Rose is equally positive about the experience:
“The internship has been a great way to kick-start my career, giving me excellent exposure to the industry, as well as the chance to start building a professional network. I settled quickly at Faithful+Gould, helped by my mentor, Eve Mallon. It was a short placement, so I had to adapt quickly, think on my feet, and be determined to get the most from the experience. I discovered that if you’re keen to learn and able to work in a team, Faithful+Gould offers endless opportunities. I was delighted to be offered a place on the graduate training scheme at the end of my internship."