13 Mar 2019

Do you have a project that you would love to work on but do not have the capacity?

The Futures Connect Team at Cardiff University are offering opportunities to place students and graduates in a variety of paid and unpaid placements. Having high-calibre, independent and pro-active students to support you with a particular project, or aspect of your organisation's work, can have significant benefits. 

Students are looking for a variety of experiences; from creating a marketing strategy, to supporting with research and funding bids. Cardiff University recognises the importance of work experience to compliment students' academic study and are keen to link with different organisations in the third sector to facilitate this. 

The team can offer help with: 

  • developing the role description,
  • attracting and selecting the right student,
  • supporting you and the student, before, during, and after the experience.   



Althea Cooley, WCVA intern - 'My role involved researching and reviewing procedures for MV50 Sport award, promoting the award though social media and looking into options of developing technology for sport including a potential app for volunteers to use. I created surveys, ran focus groups with Young Ambassadors, arranged meetings, visited events, and promoted it all through social media - all in the short space of 3 months.'    





Still not convinced? Below are benefits other third sector organisations have had from participating:


'The placement was useful and valuable. As a result we now have an objective marketing strategy for a potential international project we're seeking external funding for. We have found the programme to be extremely user friendly - from the advertising a post, recruiting and working with a student on the project. The minimal paper work involved is a help! We would definitely like to work with Cardiff University and its students in the future.'

Unpaid Insight, Play Wales


'We would hire a participant again. They bring a real boost to the team, a different way of looking at tasks, lots of energy.'

Unpaid Insight, Action on Hearing Loss


'The placement was beneficial as it allowed us to complete tasks that we had no funding streams for but nevertheless brought closure to live projects. There was a tangible output that will remain as advice to the public and other professionals on our website. We would definitely hire a placement participant again.'

Paid Internship, Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust 


'The flexibility of the programme allowed us to create a bespoke work schedule which suited both intern and ourselves. We fully intend to use this scheme again.'

Paid Internship, Cytûn


'We had a brilliant experience of the programme. The intern herself was conscientious, interested and extremely hard working. The internship was created to deliver one of our key strategic objectives (a campaign to protect homelessness funding) and so they were involved, very quickly, in strategic discussions and activities. It was highly beneficial not only to us but to our members.'

Paid Internship, Cymorth Cymru 


To find out more please contact Anneka Bisi- Futures Connect Project Officer: BisiA@Cardiff.ac.uk