Ella Staden-Coats - Writing, Marketing and Communications Intern 2020
I’m currently doing an undergraduate degree in English with Writing at UWE Bristol, and am about to enter my final year. After several years of studying, I’ve accumulated lots of skills but haven’t had the chance to use them properly yet. Working for HaverHub has been really rewarding because it has allowed me to put what I’ve learnt into practice and find my feet professionally – now the thought of applying for permanent work or graduate schemes feels far less daunting!
The internship has utilised my university skills but also built on them. As a writer I’m comfortable with words, but I’ve also been expected to use software like Adobe InDesign to create print media, WordPress to customise the company website, and to come up with original branding and digital content. This has been a real positive challenge and will look excellent on my CV.
Despite the internship being remote due to Covid-19, I have felt connected to other team members and listened to throughout my time at Haverhub. Their organisational values of inclusion and engagement are also infused into their management structures, and everyone can have their say.
As a Pembrokeshire local, I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to work for a new and exciting start up in my hometown, and to know that my work contributes to growing the community spirit and creating opportunities for others like myself. I will continue to be part of the project and look forward to contributing in the years to come, and to watching Haverhub grow into a successful social enterprise. I’m also satisfied to know that my two-month stint of full time work has really helped the team of extremely dedicated volunteers who run the organisation and truly have their community at heart.