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An Internship with Rolls-Royce

10 November 2022

Four Year 12 students at Westminster City School were successful in securing a one-week internship with Rolls-Royce, a British luxury car manufacturer. The full week of activities provided students with the opportunity to visit Rolls-Royce PLC in Derbyshire and to get an insight on the different teams in a business, such as, finance, sales, marketing, legal, operations and more.

During the week, students met a variety of teams and were able to ask specific questions about each department and the different roles available. This was a fantastic experience for students which enabled them to make connections as well as find out more about this field of work.

Shakira, who is in Year 12 at Westminster City School shared her experience saying:

“The experience was quite informative and opened our eyes to the different positions that are available in just one company. I was able to make new friends with people that I had never saw at my school before! Also, it was a great opportunity to try new foods locally. At the end of the week we had to prioritise making a group presentation on the topic of offsetting carbon emissions.

“My future aspirations in life is to be the first generation in my family to go to University and embrace my ambition for criminology/psychology. I would love to own my own business in the near future and most importantly to travel every continent in the world!

“I am extremely thankful and felt gifted in securing a position that had a huge impact on me and my peers.”

Year 12 student Iman has always wanted to do a work experience with Rolls-Royce. She commented saying:

“Due to the COVID-19 disruptions I was not able to apply for work experience with Rolls-Royce, but I’m glad I was able to do an internship with them as opposed to a work experience because we were given more responsibilities, especially regarding our group project. I had the opportunity to network and get in contact with people that have done the degree that I want to do, as well as ones who are in the field of work I want to be a part of.

“This opportunity has enabled me to be more confident about the career I want to pursue and I also loved working in a small group with my fellow students as it made the experience a lot more comfortable.

“I’m proud of getting the internship because I didn’t think I would be successful but it has empowered me to look at the possibilities of doing a degree apprenticeship or a graduate program with Rolls-Royce because of how much I enjoyed the experience.”

Aarya was also delighted to secure a place on the internship programme. He added:

"When I begin to submit my applications for university, this internship will allow me to stand out from my peers. I have also made great contacts at the company with the employees who are more than happy for us to visit the office and even help us with our applications to universities."

Mayowa, who intends to study Finance and Accounting at the London School of Economics or the University of Warwick said:

"I undoubtedly benefitted from the experience because I had the chance to interact with a variety of members of the finance team who were eager to help me advance in my plans to study Finance and Accounting and pursue a career in that field.

"It has given me a new perspective on what I'm able to accomplish and complete when I put my mind to it; now I have to apply it to other areas in my life. I was so relieved when I learned that I had secured a place and I just couldn't believe it."

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