Internship case study

University of Plymouth Business Student, Sam Thomas, has netted excellent experience after completing an internship with Plymouth Argyle Football Club.

The eight month placement, offered through the Futures internship scheme, is a partnership between the University and local businesses, designed to provide mutual benefits to the student and the company.

Working with the Plymouth Argyle FC Community Trust, Sam has been able to progress his business knowledge and learn some new skills. He said:

“I am delighted to have been given this opportunity. I have a passion for sales and marketing, and I am also a big football fan so this has been the perfect environment for me to develop my employability skills."

Sam has been responsible for looking at ways to improve communication between the club and the community on a local and national level, engage with key contacts, maximise publicity for the Trust, and coordinate the Pedal for Pounds project, a charity cycle ride from Wembley to Home Park.

Sam delivered an impressive presentation to the selection panel and has been an asset to the club, as James Greenacre, Plymouth Argyle's Commercial Operations Manager, explains:

"Sam has incredible dedication and maturity, in particular when he was coordinating the charity cycle ride, he was more than able to see it through from start to finish."

Sam added:

“From the selection process to my final day at Argyle, the whole team have been very supportive and I would definitely recommend the Futures Internship Programme to others.” 

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