Student receives government internship

THE Welsh government has given a Swansea University student one of two internship placements sought by many applicants each year.

Michael Hopkins, a geography undergraduate, will take a year out of studying to complete the prestigious internship.

The internship is offered to all those at Welsh universities and applicants must be those who study social sciences, such as economics and geography.

Mr Hopkins will start work in the knowledge and analytical services division; assisting with research and evaluative studies undertaken by the Welsh government.

These will include supporting officials in planning and implementing such projects as literature reviews and conducting surveys.

The team, situated in Cardiff, makes sure that ministers, assembly members and policy officials are kept informed and up to date on analysis research for creating national policies.

The division is best known for their tourism ‘Visit Wales’ campaign, but Mr Hopkins could see himself working on any policy matter fincluding health to corporate research “When I initially applied
for the internship, I didn’t for one second think that I would be the chosen candidate, and the offer of an interview was flattering enough.

“This placement will hopefully be a mutually-beneficial experience, and I hope to gain both work, and life experience from it.

“Although it’s a cliche, this internship really was a ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’ that I couldn’t turn down, but it will still be difficult to leave Swansea and my friends behind.”

Mr Hopkins will begin his placement on July 2.

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