A week after my virtual graduation in 2020, I was delighted to join Hanover as an Intern. Almost a year later, I’m still here as an Account Executive on the Advocacy team. The internship that would launch my career was facilitated by the Taylor Bennett Foundation, who made sure I was prepared for the job with an intensive bootcamp which delivered masterclasses on the many aspects of communications and public affairs.
Prior to joining Hanover, I completed a Political Science and International Relations degree. During my time as a student, I sought out a wide variety of experiences, and had worked as a caseworker in a refugee and asylum charity, as a project lead for women and girls in a refugee camp in Greece, and in the Press Office of the Office of the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia.
Whilst working at Hanover is vastly different from my previous experience, I was pleased to be given real responsibility from the first day of my internship. I enjoyed the varied nature of the projects I worked on and I found new policy interests along the way. The team gave me the opportunity to integrate with sector teams for the specific policy areas where I wanted to gain more exposure. Working on a wide range of topics is an element of Hanover life that I continue to experience. Flexibility is crucial, and the variety of clients and industries I work with keeps me stimulated.
I was supported during the transition to working virtually during the pandemic, and was able to get to know the team better during a range of remote socials. One of my favourites was a team bake-along where we all made brownies together at home. The team also made me feel comfortable enough to reach out if I needed any extra support, and my personal manager took the time to make sure I was equipped with the knowledge to complete any tasks.
During the internship, I supported the team with research, monitoring, and contributed to new business research, preparing the team to pitch to potential clients. Some of my best memories from the internship were created out of the office. The welcome lunch that was held on my first day and a range of themed socials were held, which gave me the opportunity to learn more about my colleagues and integrate better into the team.
To get the most out of your internship at Hanover, asking lots of questions will open up opportunities to work on the projects that are most interesting to you. Be proactive, share your thoughts and contribute to the team whenever you can. Finally, developing your commercial awareness by reading as much as you can both in politics and on business will make you feel more comfortable when working within the fast-paced world of public affairs.