We have some great interaction with local University and Polytechnic students who regularly assist with our design, writing and social media activity.
Involving students in our work has benefits for everyone involved. Students bring ideas, knowledge and creativity that present a different perspective.
Warren Rosser, Communications and Marketing Manager, explains, “Students are often looking for real work experience and the opportunity to do something community focused. For Marketing courses there is often an opportunity for students to complete some form of practical internship.”
Otago Polytechnic and University of Otago students have volunteered for Presbyterian Support Otago. Work they have done includes writing articles, designing marketing material (including People magazine), photography and creating social media content.
Isabel Colville is a third year Marketing student who has spent half a day each week support social media activity for Presbyterian Support Otago.
“I began volunteering in April 2017, as a way to give back to the community and gain some industry-based experience. My role is incredibly rewarding as I work with a variety of a wonderful people from across the organisation and region.”
“I have interviewed Adult Buddies, volunteers, care home residents and even war veterans. I am very grateful to these individuals for sharing their stories
and giving me insight into their lives.”
“As a student from Auckland, it can be all too easy to isolate yourself and get wrapped up in student life without ever really leaving the student bubble. While volunteering I have explored and discovered so much about the Otago region.”
“Volunteering has given me plenty of practical work experience that translates directly to my degree. Last summer, I secured an internship at a leading international company and I credit my volunteering and work experience as one
of the main reasons for this.”
Thank you Isabel, and all of our student volunteers, who generously give their time to support our work in the community.