This is my last week of work as my internship contract period is coming to the end. It is still unbelievable for me that the person who I am today is obviously different from the one in October last year. I have started working as a person who have a keen interest in environmental issues and sustainable development. During the first few weeks, Karl, our Sustainability Manager, and the team, gave Carolina and I a warm welcome and we both knew that we were so excited to be part of our growing team.
My main responsibility involves researching existing channels and implement new social media channels to increase and improve online presence of sustainableDMU. I found that most of the existing social network channels are not fully utilised. Weekly social posts plan and other initiatives have been proposed to Karl and he has never said ‘NO’. Instead, he has always contributed in converting these ideas into a reality. Several posters and artwork are created to promote what DMU have done so far with the sustainability. New video and article are published through social media usage along these eventful months. Constructive feedback from the team has substantially enhanced the quality of these assets. I have liaised with Estate and Facilities members, other Frontrunners, and ESDG people to ensure a consistent and targeted messages on sustainability and environmental issues to support campaigns and awareness events.
As a gradually increasing engagement rate from DMU students and staff has been achieved, we, as a team, had a chance to consult with Interim Vice-Chancellor about strategic plan to raise their awareness further towards environmental behaviour changing. Moreover, we have worked alongside with academic team to embed Education for sustainable development within their courses during the SDG teach-in week. With a collaborative effort, DMU has reached the top for the rankings in students reached and second for the number of academic pledged. We also got the highest survey responses for NUS Sustainability Skills 2019. I could not be happier for these results!
One of the most favourite part I love in this job is to getting to learn new things every day from writing articles, interviewing staff, gaining new knowledge in Fairtrade products, and running stalls in #1000 Voices project. From time to time, Carolina and Ross have tremendously helped me getting these things done smoothly and fantastically. Talking to people in different departments or someone who I have never imagine this kind of job would lead me to is unexpectedly joy for me. For example, Daniel, who are our Trinity Herb Garden caretaker, his perspective and work motivation really fuel my ever growing passion in sustainability. These people around me ignites my soul and in out of the blue, I have become a more thoughtful person in every action I take in daily life. This is truly fulfilling my goal in working here being able to talk and influence people around me towards a more sustainable lifestyle.
Not just a steep learning curve in environmental issues and employability skills I have gained from the real-world work environment, warm connections and valuable friendship with the sustainableDMU team are unforgettable things in my life. I hope that one day when DMU is mentioned, it will remind people of one of the leading sustainable university in the UK. All the great efforts have created an impact for the students, staff, and the public, and eventually, this could help us contribute to a more sustainable community. Finally, best of luck to the new intern! You will never regret joining this position.