I am looking to pursue a career in Marketing after I have completed university, and thought that getting a Marketing Internship this summer would enable me to find out more about what the sector involves. I discovered Wessex Cancer Trust through the Excel Internship Scheme at the University of Southampton, where I study. I thought that this would be a great opportunity for me to not only find out more about marketing but also help a great cause and make a difference.

I was based in the head office in Chandlers Ford, working as a Marketing Assistant for Emma. Before starting my internship at Wessex Cancer Trust I hoped to not only find out more about the different components that marketing involves, but also about the charitable sector and the way marketing for a non-profit organisation works. It is fair to say that Wessex Cancer Trust has exceeded these hopes, as I have been provided with the opportunity to complete a wide range of different tasks, covering various aspects of marketing. This has meant that my time here has never felt boring, and I will definitely be leaving with new skills and a better understanding of the importance of marketing within the charitable sector.

One of the tasks that I have found most challenging, but also rewarding, during my time at Wessex Cancer Trust was my introduction to the design side of marketing, and with it my first experience with Adobe Illustrator. Having never used this design programme before, my task to design some banners and posters to brighten up the website and head office area seemed somewhat daunting at first. However, I persevered and soon started to get the hang of the various tools within Illustrator, and even found myself greatly enjoying this design aspect of marketing. I now have some valuable new skills, and a new appreciation for designing.

I found the writing aspect of my internship the most enjoyable, and it is great to know that the content I wrote for both the website and newsletter could provide comfort or advice to someone affected by cancer. Listening to an interview with someone directly affected by cancer and writing an article on their experience was one of the toughest moments of my time at Wessex Cancer Trust, but served to remind me of the amazing work that they, as a charity, do for the local community.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Wessex Cancer Trust and feel sad now that it is coming to an end. I was made to feel like a valued member of the team throughout my few weeks here and will be leaving with a heightened desire to pursue a career in the charitable sector. Seeing the direct impact that the Trust has on the local community has reminded me of the importance of helping charities, and I would definitely encourage anyone to volunteer here.