Every year we welcome students from The University of Manchester to join our team and work with us on key projects. Work placements provide a unique opportunity to enhance post-graduate study with real-world experience and are a chance for students to contribute to the Discovery Centre’s ongoing development.
This year, 3 fantastic students joined our marketing team from the MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies and the MSc in Science Communication, to assist with market research and digital development relating to our First Light Project. Unusually, due to the ongoing Covid restrictions, the placements had to take place virtually but this didn’t deter their enthusiasm and commitment.
Read on to find out more about this year’s cohort and what they got up to…
Pauline Chouraki, MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies
Market Research Assistant
“Hi, I’m Pauline. I come from France, but I have lived in the UK for the past 10 years. My biggest passion is promoting live music, which I have been doing for more than 6 years. On a quieter level, I love hiking, birdwatching and of course, stargazing!
“I carried out this placement as part of my MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies at the University of Manchester. Prior to this, I did a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge and I then worked in the tourism industry for a few years.
“Upon completing my course, I hope to find a permanent position in the museum, heritage or wider cultural sector, with a particular interest in business development, outreach and events.
“Due to Covid restrictions, I carried out my placement as a Market Research Assistant remotely. Having never been to Jodrell Bank before, I had to immerse myself in the site through my computer screen all the while researching and identifying potential markets for it. This actually proved very thought-provoking and it often felt like detective work! It made my first visit to Jodrell Bank even more special, and I hope the many future visitors which I envisioned through my work will feel the same wonder and excitement as I did!”
Reuben Cone, MSc Science Communication
Digital Marketing Assistant
“Hi, I’m Reuben, 24, originally from Suffolk but now living and studying in Manchester. I’m an outdoorsy person having been a Scout for almost 20 years and enjoy going for walks, exploring my local area and spending time away from civilisation!
“I spent three years at Keele University studying Biology, where I realised I had a real interest in making science fun, accessible and relevant to the public. As a result I enrolled on the MSc Science Communication course at Manchester and have now come to realise how important science communication is to society – it’s everywhere! I enjoy all aspects of my studies but am hoping to pursue a career in television media and journalism.
“I’ve been helping Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre with their website and digital content as they go through a period of exciting change with the new First Light Project. I focused on ensuring they continue to celebrate the unique outdoors nature of the site especially as they slowly re-open as covid restrictions lift. In my time here I’ve learnt a lot about marketing and how it intersects with science communication as well as what it’s like to work in a professional environment with some great people. It’s been a rewarding and fun experience and I’m really excited for the future of Jodrell Bank.”
Megan Craig, MSc Science Communication
Digital Marketing Assistant
“Hi! My name is Megan, and I am a 22-year-old postgraduate student at The University of Manchester. I am originally from West Lancashire, but I have been living in Manchester for a few years. In my spare time I love ice skating, exploring the outdoors and embroidery, as well as working to improve my digital design and illustration skills too.
“Currently I am completing a masters course in Science and Health Communication having graduated with a BSc in Genetics the previous year. Throughout my degree I have been able to write and learn about a broad range of scientific and health disciplines, and I hope to continue this in the future. As I am also quite interested in digital design and content creation, finding a career that combines these two passions is my goal.
“This placement was a great opportunity to experience professional digital marketing practice. I was able to explore web design and content creation by curating the new #WatchTheSkies webpage. Working on these aspects of the placement from their foundations to completion enabled me to gain a great insight into how ideas are formulated, justified with data, proposed, and altered to suit the needs of an organisation and the skillset of the individual. Supporting JBDC as they transition through their First Light initiative has been an invaluable experience.”
We want to take this opportunity to thank Pauline, Reuben and Megan for their hard work over the last few months, we’ve loved having them on the team and and we wish them all the best in their next endeavours.
Thanks also to The Institute for Cultural Practices and The Centre for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine at The University of Manchester.