My Experience as a Social Media Intern at No Limits
04 September 2017
I have had a great time working with No Limits as a Social Media and Web Design intern for a period of four weeks. The placement ended last Wednesday, and was part of The University of Southampton’s Excel Southampton Internship Programme which seeks to offer students paid training opportunities with leading organisations across the UK.
Although I’m a Film Studies postgraduate, I was excited at the opportunity of enhancing my social media marketing skills due to their relevancy to my work. Back home in Uganda, I do PR work for film-related projects, and social media has lately become an integral part in my communication strategies.
Working with No Limits not only gave me an opportunity to experiment with some of the latest trends in web-based marketing but I also got to understand the complexities of running an organisation whose survival largely depends on the goodwill of the public.
My supervisor was happy to take me through the charity’s communication flow and how social media platforms are used to engage young people and to encourage the public to donate. My work thus entailed regularly updating the charity’s social media pages and writing news articles for the website. I was also tasked with designing a communication campaign for an upcoming fundraising event as well as making recommendations on how the charity’s online presence could be improved.
I took delight in working with my supervisor to build No Limits’ online image, but the real highlight of my four-week stint came with a visit to the charity’s Advice Centre on Southampton High Street. It is here that I got to appreciate the tremendous contribution No Limits is making towards the well-being of children and young people across Hampshire.
On the day of my visit, the Centre was a beehive of activity as swarms of young people walked in to get free advice and help regarding all sorts of issues. I even got to sit in one of the advice sessions where a 20-year-old homeless man with chronic insomnia and suicidal thoughts came to seek help.
Alcoholism, drug abuse, bullying and teenage pregnancy are some of the other common problems that No Limits youth workers deal with every day. It’s gruelling work but the youth workers approach it with utmost professionalism. It’s hard to miss the mutual trust and respect that exists between No Limits employees and the young people they are trying to help.
Now, as I prepare to go back home, I can’t help but reflect on what an awesome four weeks it’s been at No Limits. I worked with a great team of dedicated individuals whom I will miss so much, but whose warm smiles I shall always remember.
Polly, MA Film Studies student at The University of Southampton