A North East undergraduate has received an award from her university following an internship with Durham-based business The Banks Group.
Jess Baker carried out an eight-week placement as part of the University of The West of England’s 2013 Undergraduate Internship Scheme, carrying out everything from drafting part of a scoping report for a six-turbine wind farm to preparing a planning application for a security fence.
Now the 23-year-old from Crook has been named as runner-up in the university’s Green Intern of the Year Award initiative, coming ahead of dozens of other undergraduates in her faculty.
The internship scheme aims to bring together talented, ambitious young people with businesses operating in sectors they would like to work in, creating mutual benefits.
Baker said: “I thought I’d spend most of my time just shadowing members of the Banks team, but I was very quickly involved in their day-to-day work and was given responsibility for different elements of a wide range of projects across the group’s renewables, mining and property companies.”
Justin Hancock, senior development planner at The Banks Group, said: “We were extremely pleased with Jess’s contribution during her time with us – she undoubtedly has the potential to build a rewarding career for herself in the future – and think the award she has received from UWE is due recognition for the energy, enthusiasm and application she showed.”