Being a UCL student, I have access to their amazing programmes that promote student entrepreneurship. I am currently interning at a start-up called PixelPin and it was because of the UCL advances programme, that helps fund summer internships at SMEs, I was able to gain valuable experience even when in first year.
The programme helped me in two ways:
First, it made me aware that there was the possibility of interning at companies that were not big corporates. And it was because of this I was able to approach start-ups and ask if they were interested.
Second, it gave me a good advantage in the sense that I could approach start-ups and offer my enthusiasm to learn and say UCL is sponsoring me to do this. This I believed made me more credible. I went from being an 18 year old, eager, under-qualified student, to a teenager that took the initiative to research about start-ups and also find funding.
But of course, if it was not for the kindness of PixelPin who believed in my ability that I would not have been able to learn as much as I have in the last 4 months. (More about PixelPin in future posts)
UCL advances not only give students the opportunity to experience the start-up world as an intern, but they also help student entrepreneurs establish their start-ups. So I recommend all UCL students to take advantage!
For more information about UCL Advances: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/advances
UCL Advances Summer internship programmes: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/advances/advances-programmes/summer-internships
More about PixelPin: http://pixelpin.co.uk