Give it a Go!


How can you experience mud buggies, knitting classes or a Portuguese language taster without having to organise a thing? Through the Give it a Go programme at Newcastle University! Like many other universities around the country, Newcastle University has a Give it a Go (GIAG) programme. Although I have been aware of the events that they have run in the past, it was not until I was in my third year of university that I thought the time was right and the go needed to be given. I made a resolution at the start of the year that - as this is my More >

Reflecting on my placement year at Garbutt & Elliott

Sam Webb

My name is Sam Webb and I study BSc Economics. I recently completed a one year placement at Garbutt & Elliott Chartered Accountants in York.  I chose to do a placement as I really wanted some work experience in a financial area, an idea of where I would like to start a career after graduation and the chance to move back to my home city for some quality cooked food was also quite appealing.  On my first day I was introduced to the personal tax team where I would be spending the first 5 months of my placement. After being introduced to More >

Summing up our SEWA experience

EDI SEWA group photo

I cannot believe that the internship has finished, I sit here in the EDI campus just a few hours away from my flight home and I am still trying to take it all in. I have had an amazing time, I have met so many wonderful people here, from students and teachers to managers and RUDIben (self-employed women who sell RUDI products).  It has given me a completely new perspective on how businesses can work, and has shown me the true determination and power of the women involved with SEWA and RUDI. I have personally found our last week of More >

Summing up our Indian internship experience in one word- people

EDI SEWA Jumping

Addison and Bradley leave us with their lasting thoughts on their time interning in India…. After 4 weeks of background research and conducting interviews in the Varanasi cluster, we had all the information we needed for our 3-year business plan, process documentation* and promotional material. The final 2 weeks of the EDI internship were used to compile all of these documents together. Whilst long days, hectic schedules and a lot of chai were needed to produce these documents, we thoroughly enjoyed our work and were motivated by the fact that these documents could improve the three-handloom clusters under EDI. At the More >

Fruitful End to a Wonderful Israeli Summer


Chuk reaches is last few days interning for Elevator Fund in Israel… Well, I guess this is it. Eventually, reached that week where I am writing my ending to this incredible adventure. Just to remind everyone, despite the stories of the press towards the situation in Israel, my experience epitomised the exact opposite. People would be scared to have endured this situation, but to be honest, it built towards a life changing experience that I will learn and improve myself. It was simply an internship that offered valuable lessons and an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of a foreign country, More >

Our penultimate week in Malayisa draws to a close…

Malaysian wedding party

Tabitha and Louise are heading into their final week interning for SOLS 24/7, and what a week it was…. This past week in Malaysia has been filled with celebration, as festivities got under way for the wedding of two of our office colleagues. The Hen Party was ‘hip-hop’ themed, which meant that we had to write a rap song to perform as a surprise for the Malaysian bride at the dinner party!  We were also lucky enough to attend the ceremony on Saturday, which gave us the opportunity to dress up in a traditional Malaysian outfit known as a Baju More >

Another fun filled week in the SOLS 24/7 Office, Malaysia

Beach Fire to celebrate Hari Raya

This week was a very special week for everyone in Malaysia! Monday and Tuesday were public holidays for Hari Raya! This is the festival of the breaking of the Fast, celebrated by Muslims. Hari Raya Aidilfitri is the day that marks the end of Ramadan – the Islamic holy month of dawn-to-sunset fasting. On this holiday Muslims, (and non-Muslims) travel home to be with their friends and families for a couple of days. From what we have heard, there is usually a lot of food, huge parties and everyone has a very good time! On the Monday and Tuesday a More >

My summer internship with the Business School!


During my first summer at Newcastle University, I applied for an eight week internship with the Business School working on their annual Career Development Week. As Laura’s Career Development Intern, I was in charge of the general planning of the event covering everything from the promotional design plans to contacting exciting companies to get them involved in the event.   My time with the Business School has been exceptionally valuable and given me a real ‘behind the scenes’ insight into the daily running of the school and the high level of organisation to pull off such an event. On my More >

My Last Israeli Weekend to Enjoy


This was a week with lots of anticipated suspense in continuing my exploration around Israel, looking to gain anything I can from this opportunity. The week began cheerfully with celebrating a friend’s birthday (Happy Birthday Justin!); on his request we went to visit the infamous Dr. Shakshuka, to try his very own, as you may imagine, Shakshuka. I am still mesmerised on how a simple dish filled with eggs and tomatoes can be so luscious; highly recommended. Starting the week in a buoyant manner freshened up my outlook to work this week and look forward to an amusing weekend. Reporting More >

My Summer internship at the Business School – Alastair Hogg (BA Business Management)

Ali Hogg

My 8 week Summer internship was spent working within the Business School, on a Placements Development project.  As the first student to undertake this role as Commercial Placements Intern, the ultimate goal has been to help increase the number of students undertake a placement in the third year of their study. It has been an extremely valuable experience for me. Upon arrival I was shown around the office, along with the other student intern, which helped us both get to grips with the layout and where we will be situated for the duration of the 8 week internship. My goal More >