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Monday, August 12, 2019
As a French engineering student looking to improve my English and my work experience abroad, the city of London was an immediate first choice. Trying to expand my knowledge in various business fields, I was looking for a placement in the construction industry, which could provide a certain breadth for my professional profile.
So what better way than to target one of the UK’s top trade bodies for the building services industry? I landed a six week paid summer internship at the BESA (Building Engineering Services Association). BESA, formerly the HVCA, is located in the heart of London and represents the interests of firms active in the design and installation of building services within the UK’s construction industry. They provide comprehensive guidance, specifications and technical bulletins for their members.
As these publications require constant updating and improvement, I was tasked with writing and formatting some of these technical bulletins, which was the most interesting part of the job. I learned about design formatting, online publication and building relationships within the membership. In addition to that, I executed one-off tasks in all the BESA departments, effectively working with Technical, Legal, Marketing and Events. This enabled me to gain a broad view of the UK’s construction industry operations.
The lessons learnt from it is that an internship outside your domain of study can be much more interesting than the classic internship everyone does, provided you are given responsibility and ownership. Along with the essential ability to adapt to a new environment, you will effectively improve your language skills, diversify your profile and broaden your knowledge.
Guillaume Perraud - BESA Intern August 2019
Guillaume is an aeronautical engineering student studying at ESTACA in Montigny-le-Bretonneux, France and hopes to move into project management following his studies.
If you are interested in an internship opportunity at the BESA, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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