The Internship Centre has been very successful this year, having been accessed 13,697 times and processing 500 applications.
On Monday the 17th of February, after approximately 5 hours of sorting, grouping, checking, re-checking and stuffing, a record number of applications for summer jobs were sent off by the Internship Centre team. Much like all CGCU officers, the Internship Centre team is formed of volunteers who devote their time to run an essential service that directly benefits students as many obtain summer jobs from of the activity.
The last few days before the Internship Centre application deadline saw a frenzy of activity as the team rushed about to promote the Centre as well as trying to answer questions from a host of students flocking into the CGCU office.
It is has become clear that ICU is not at all keen to support this activity. Despite the 500+ applications, from across all engineering departments, the Union can’t even be bothered to put the forms in the post to prospective employers. This constitutes a gross failure to serve those students who have gone to the trouble of applying for internships. Doesn’t the Union exist to serve the students of Imperial College?
Evidently not, it has emerged that ICU is totally pre-occupied with running an Alternative Careers Fair, for the Environmental Society. Students are being disadvantaged at the expense of this careers fair. If the Union chooses to organise a Careers Fair with Environmental Soc, surely only appropriate resources, rather than all union resources, should be devoted to the task. It may be a utilitarian argument but students need summer jobs, especially if they’re going to have to pay tuition fees. The Internship Centre has been finding hundreds of placements for students over the last 3 years. At a time when students need summer employment more than ever, why is the Union not supporting?
With elections just around the corner, it is hoped that the new candidates will adjust their view and look more favourably upon the Centre. After all, 5,000 students stand to benefit from it and it is time that the central union did more to support it.