My Marie Curie internship experience

During Volunteers’ Week we are celebrating the work of our amazing volunteers. Our internship programme is a unique opportunity to gain valuable experience and develop new skills and we really appreciate the enthusiasm and energy that interns like James bring to Marie Curie. by James Harper Creative Intern James Harper

Being an intern at Marie Curie has given me a great insight into how a national charity operates, not only within the creative department in London where I’ve been based, but also inside a few of Marie Curie’s nine hospices across the UK.
The opportunity has presented a number of new challenges, some of which have been exciting, others a little daunting. I’ve been provided with great support and advice from colleagues, especially from my line manager, Lizzie. Anything I had trouble with or did not understand, I could simply ask for help on how to deal with the situation. Regardless of the work, though, I was instantly given responsibility for each project that I worked on. For instance, on my third day I had the opportunity to help shoots some videos for the Swimathon challenge. This meant assisting both a videographer and a photographer on the day. After the filming was over, I was assigned the responsibility of editing the videos together for the campaign. This kind of hands-on experience was one of the aspects of the internship that strongly appealed to me. The best way to learn in my opinion is to be fully immersed in the production during projects and not shirk away from any responsibility. Above all, though, it was great fun to interact, observe and learn new skills from a variety of individuals. I was also lucky enough to witness the work that goes on in the hospices. I assisted at a photoshoot at the hospice in Cardiff and the attitude of the patients and nurses was wonderful to see. Helping with the photography provided a chance to talk to a few patients. It was great to hear how they appreciated the care and support provided to them by the nurses. Not only was the work great at Marie Curie, but so are the people that I have had the pleasure of working with. Everyone was really welcoming on my first day. The people I work with on a daily basis have not only provided me with support, but have listened and considered any suggestions I have had. This internship has had a positive experience on me. I am pleased to have created work that will have even a small impact on improving the lives of people living with a terminal illness. Read more about internship opportunities at Marie Curie