Student Profile | Shona McCluskey
Current student Shona McCluskey talks about her experiences of the University so far and the value of her current internship in our Communications and Marketing department.
|Degree Course||Law (LLB with Honours)|
|Year of Graduation||2013|
Tell us about your time at the University
I chose the University of Edinburgh because of the standard of learning it offers and the Law School’s reputation. I visited a couple of University Open Days but I loved Edinburgh.
My course has been challenging and the academic support at honours level has been great. Overall, I think I have enjoyed my time as a student in Edinburgh because of the close knit network of students. Everywhere you go, you will always see someone you know and Edinburgh feels like a community. This is heightened if you are involved in extracurricular activities and the wide range of activities at Edinburgh has been amazing to gain a well-rounded experience at University. I have been involved in the Law Student’s Council since first year and I am also part of the News Team on Fresh Air Radio.
I am looking forward to fourth year to enjoy one last year of being a student and spending time with the good friends that I have made here.
Tell us about your internship
it is a great insight into how your degree can be used in a practical job.
I applied for the position of Media and Communications Assistant in the Marketing and Communications department after being involved in the News Team in Fresh Air. Although I am studying law, I am interested in working in the media and I felt that this would be an amazing opportunity to learn how the media plays a role in a large organisation such as the University of Edinburgh.
I am very lucky to be in the Marketing and Communications department as it coordinates a wide variety of media relations such as press, marketing and PR. I am mainly based in the Press Office but I get the opportunity to work in other departments too. I want to gain experience from my colleagues who have all had careers in the media as well as explore possible career paths to follow after I graduate.
Every day is different. I write press releases, web stories, help with filming and liaise with University staff and the Press to set up interviews. I track the University’s media profile and I enjoy using analytical skills I have developed through my degree. My writing is improving and it is a great insight into how your degree can be used in a practical job.
I think this internship will help me with my future career for a number of reasons:
- The panel interview which I went through to get the job was my first real interview experience and will definitely help me prepare for future interviews
- By talking to my colleagues who have had successful careers in the media as well as watching how the Press and PR department operate, I have a better idea about how to pursue a career in the media.
- I have learnt new skills and learnt how to apply skills I already have.
- Having an internship provides experience that employers want to see and I feel it gives me a head start as a graduate.