UWE student named Intern of the Year by Microsoft

Issue date: 19 November 2010

Rebecca Williams, a BA (Hons) Business Studies student, Bristol has been chosen by Microsoft as Intern of the Year for her contribution to the company during her placement year.

Rebecca was shortlisted from 68 placement students at the company and chosen from a final list of 14 by the team at Microsoft. She worked as a Customer and Partner Sales Representative at Microsoft's Thames Valley Park, Reading office.

Microsoft has an awards ceremony for interns every year to recognise the great work that they do and to celebrate their successes. These awards are a great opportunity to acknowledge the innovation and contribution that this talent brings to Microsoft every year. Emma Knights, Head of Talent Acquisition for Microsoft goes on to say, “These talented individuals bring a unique perspective and make an exceptional contribution to our business; it's really exciting to see. Rebecca is a great example of this and we look forward to hearing about her future successes.”

Microsoft has a 48 week internship, summer internship (technical), a graduate programme and a MBA programme. These programmes are carefully designed to provide real world experience, with high levels of responsibility, and to help the company attract and retain the best talent.

Rebecca was initially put forward for the award by her manager Alan Coe, Partner Account Manager. He said, “Rebecca has been a true asset to the Partner Team. She has been instrumental in driving the success of several programmes in the UK which would not have been possible without Rebecca's drive and determination to make them a success.”

Speaking about her placement experience Rebecca said, “During my Internship I had the pleasure of working alongside a wonderful group of people and within an amazing organization. Winning this award just helped top off what was already a brilliant year. When my name was announced I was surprised, speechless, proud and of course delighted to be recognised for all my hard work. Hopefully the experiences and skills I've developed this year along with my award will help me secure that perfect Grad role in the near future.”

Dorothy James, (Business and Law Placement Centre Manager), said, “We are delighted with Rebecca's success at Microsoft. She made a real impact on the organisation including high level lead generation, event management and contributed to the organisation of the company's intern Christmas and summer parties. Rebecca embraced the opportunity to use the theory she had studied and apply it in a practical environment at Microsoft. She also enhanced key graduate level working competencies including communication, time management and organisational ability.

“Rebecca's success highlights the high level of impact that students undertaking placement years have and how their contribution adds real value to the future direction of organisations. With the graduate marketplace becoming increasingly competitive and students having to offer more and more to employers to be successful, undertaking a placement year continues to be an excellent way to demonstrate the key skills organisations seek.”

Rebecca received her award at the Faculty of Business and Law's fourth annual Celebrating Placement Success event, held at UWE's Frenchay Campus where several other students also received prizes based on their achievements from placement. Over 100 returning placement students attended the event which also welcomed representatives from industry including Airbus, Intel and Fujitsu-Siemens. During the evening the Placements Centre recognised the achievement of Bristol Business School students.

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