Deki provides microfinance and training for people living in developing countries, empowering them to lift themselves out of poverty.

University of Bristol student Maya wanted to pursue a career in the charity sector, but had no direct work experience and the internship at Deki seemed like the perfect way to gain skills on the job. This would allow her to make use of the writing skills she had developed during her English degree and to learn how to target different audiences.

She assisted the Marketing & Comms Director in all aspects of work, including: writing copy for the website, writing marketing materials, press releases, phoning press, attending meetings, generating ideas for the re-design of Deki’s website, writing fundraising applications and proofreading documents.

Maya developed her ability to write persuasively for marketing purposes. She also learnt a lot about the charity marketing and communications industry, for example how to write a press release, how to write a fundraising application and how to use social media.

She said: “Regular feedback was truly beneficial and helped improved my writing style. I now have the confidence and experience to apply for jobs in the charity sector, and a portfolio of work which I can mention on my CV and in future interviews. It is exciting to go on the new Deki website now and see things which I worked on during my internship!

Being part of a very small team, with only four members of staff, Maya was given significant responsibility from the start. It was a very friendly office, and because Deki is an international development charity, everyone truly cared about the cause and the work they were doing.

Maya added: “I felt like a valued member, and that the work I produced had a genuine impact on helping to develop an exciting and rapidly-growing charity. This experience motivated me to carry on working in the non-profit sector, which I am still doing one year on from the internship!”

Marketing and Communications Director Bryony Spooner said: “Maya has a great flair for writing and her proofreading skills are second to none! She was happy to turn her hand to any tasks asked of her, was reliable and professional.”

Deki periodically provides internships for Bristol students who want to gain skills in marketing, communications, international development and fundraising. Contact deki@deki.org.uk or check their website for further information.