This report describes the three month internship I performed at the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) in London as a compulsory part of my MA programme. This report is in seven parts. The first part introduces how I managed to get the internship offer. The second part introduces the Media Diversity Institute, the hosting organisation, and explains its projects and activities. The third part analyses MDI’s communication activities with their multilingual aspects. The fourth part focuses on the tasks I performed and what I learned. The fifth part explains the connection between these tasks and my MA courses as well as how the courses helped me perform them. The sixth part describes the contact with the other colleagues and the office environment. The seventh part, the last section of this report, draws the conclusions.
From July to September 2013, I have had the opportunity to perform an internship in London, in the field of communications and human resources. I was very lucky to be welcomed at the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) for a full -time unpaid internship.
Starting February 2013, I browsed many websites and many offers. I got in touch with many organisations or institutions by email or by phone. Enriching my CV and writing personalised cover letters became one of my top priorities. I was looking for organisations whose activities were related to communications and/or human resources, as these are the specialisations of the MA programme.
At the end of March, I had finally heard back from Randstad in Brussels. They provide recruitment, career advice, training and other specific human resource projects. I had an interview with the manager of Call Force, a department at Randstad. The department provides staff for customer service or helpdesk for companies. They were particularly looking for motivated interns with extensive language skills. I was very glad with their internship offer. However, in the meantime I received an answer from MDI in London. My internship supervisor contacted me by email to schedule a Skype interview.
During the interview, he explained MDI’s work and the type of activities I would be part of as an intern. He also pointed out that the atmosphere in the office is quite informal and everyone is always willing to step in and help each other. I appreciated this because everything was very clear and detailed. It showed MDI’s seriousness, transparency and concern towards their interns, which is not the case with some other organisations. I trusted I would feel comfortable working there. I was also interested in MDI’s multicultural approach and its fair and accurate media policy. I was already imagining myself broadening my horizons.
I also realised the activities and projects described during the interview would fit me. I immediately made a link with many first year Master courses, such as Cross-Cultural Communication and Corporate Communication. I would not have minded working at Randstad but to be honest, my main goal was to find an internship abroad. I figured it would be a more fulfilling experience. I did not have a chance to benefit from an Erasmus grant as part of my Bachelor’s degree, but to benefit from an Erasmus internship placement. I thought this was my chance to combine a professional experience with a cultural and linguistic experience. London was my first choice as it is one of my favourite cities and because I have always wanted to become more familiar with the Anglo-Saxon cultural environment.
1. Sharing an internship experience abroad: Introduction
2. Sharing an internship experience abroad: About Media Diversity Institute in London
3. Sharing an internship experience abroad: Multilingual aspects of MDI’s communications
4. Sharing an internship experience abroad: Tasks and learning outcomes
5. Sharing an internship experience abroad: Activities related to my MA programme
6. Sharing an internship experience abroad: Colleagues and working environment