My journey that led to becoming a Projects Intern at London Sustainability Exchange (LSx) came about from the desire to change career paths in late 2012. I had decided that working in marketing for an online IT media publisher wasn’t for me anymore and that most of the jobs that appealed to me required years of relevant experience or a post-graduate degree in sustainability. Hence, I applied and was offered a place to study for a Master’s in Environment and Sustainable Development at UCL, which I gladly accepted. However, I felt that it was important to develop some experience in the industry prior to beginning the course.
Over the past 3 months, LSx has facilitated my involvement in a range of projects and tasks right from day one. I have written funding bids for new projects and award applications, researched topics for the assimilation of project resources such as toolkits and assisted with project evaluation amongst others. However, the most rewarding and valuable experience during my time at LSx was the opportunity to assist in the planning and execution of a community event for the OneMicham project. The aim of this project is to rejuvenate Mitcham’s market, shops and public spaces through events and activities. From the onset of my involvement, I was introduced to a number of key project contributors at a legacy meeting, which gave me a thorough introduction to the project and key goals of their work. I was involved in all aspects of project management from recruiting local vendors to cater at the event and organising relevant licences to management of social media outlets to promote the event and the OneMitcham project.
The experience I have had at LSx has been valuable and worthwhile and I believe that the internship will prove to be relevant throughout my studies and useful when pursuing a career in sustainability after graduation.