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Focus on: MASS Internship – Gemma Dunne

We recently awarded two of our interns this year with our first ever ‘Star Intern Award’ and wanted to take the opportunity to share a little about them and also our internship activities.

 

Here’s our interview with Gemma who is studying Business and Project Management at The University of Bedfordshire. She is the President for MASS Bedfordshire that she set up in October 2016.

 

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Gemma, could you tell us a few things about yourself?

I love all things muscle sports, I have competed in powerlifting meets, done a bodybuilding show and I am currently training in Strong Woman. Basically, I love lifting heavy weights and putting them down again! I heard about MASS from an ex-student at Beds Uni and thought this would be a great way to meet other students with the same interests as me and get involved in muscle sports from a student perspective. 

 

 

What was your role during your internship and why did you go down the internship route with MASS?

 

My role was Business Development, so I was tasked with researching and sourcing new products for the merchandise line. I have always been very active with MASS and have a lot of contact with David [Bissell, President of MASS] so when this opportunity came up I thought why not? It was a chance to use what I have been studying and is something a bit different to add to my CV.

 

What was the biggest lesson you took away from the time you spent with MASS?

Patience! Going back and forth with suppliers, sifting through the 100s of options trying to find the best products for our members, the importance of paying attention to detail and asking the right questions to get a good deal. Merchandising is not something I have worked with before so it was all very interesting and different for me.

 

What was the highlight of your work?

Working with David was really cool, I have always found the story of MASS and how it all got started really interesting, in that a student found a niche in the market and this has now turned it into a national business. As a business student I find this quite inspiring. So, to be able to work closely with David on MASS was great!

 

What did you enjoy most creating?

The new MASS hats! The beanies are awesome and it took me a while to find a good beanie that we could customise with the logo, I have seen a few posts on Insta of people wearing them. It is so nice to see the end product already out there!

 

Why should other students apply for an internship?

Of course we should all do things like this to expand our experience in preparation for the real world once we graduate, but what I like the most about doing an internship at MASS it is all based on something I am actually interested in. But, at the same time ,I was able to apply a lot of what I am studying to the work. It has even given me some ideas for my dissertation next year. 

 

How did you find working directly with David?

I was actually on a study exchange in Vietnam whilst doing this internship so one of the things that was great with David was that he was very flexible and structured, we worked out a suitable time for us have Skype calls every week to discuss the work, make plans and set objectives. He was very clear in his direction so I always knew what I needed to do. A couple of times I made some mistakes or assumptions with the suppliers and David was always very understanding, he would help me resolve it and always explain what he would have done having learnt from similar mistakes himself. The thing I liked the most was I was encouraged to bring my own ideas to the table and some of those were taken on.

 

If you’re interested in a rewarding internship with MASS get in touch at info@muscleathleticsports.com

 

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Focus on: MASS Internship – Jessica Gordon-Brown

We recently awarded two of our interns this year with our first ever ‘Star Intern Award’ and wanted to take the opportunity to share a little about them and also our internship activities.

 

Here’s our interview with Jessica, MASS Brighton member and 2017 MASS Wars Women’s Champion who is studying Sports Product Design at the University of Brighton and is currently in her final year.

 

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I have always been involved in sport throughout my life, representing my country in a variety of sports (judo and acrobatic gymnastics).

Since being involved with MASS I have got more involved with Olympic Weightlifting and I hope to also compete for my country in this new sport in the future.

 

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What was your role during your internship and why did you decide to do it?

 

I was the design intern for MASS for a total of around 3 months. I designed a lot of the marketing documents including the MASS WARS logo and the MASS FITNESS EDUCATION pitch document and supporting data.

 

I do product design so it was the best-suited internship for me, and David said he needed some help with designing the MASS posters, documentation etc. so I thought it would be a good opportunity.

 

What was the biggest lesson you took away from the time you spent?

 

Check your work before sending it over, this could have saved me a lot of time! When something was missing in the document and I had sent it over only to be told it needed to be checked again and things to be added.

 

 

What was the highlight of your work?

 

The education fitness pitch document, I only had a week to get it done and I was very happy with how it turned out.

 

 

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What did you enjoy most creating?

 

I love doing logos, so probably the MASS WARS logo.

 

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Why should other students apply for an internship?

 

Good to add to your CV, and employers look for students who put in the extra effort to gain more experience in their chosen field of work.

 

 

How did you find working directly with David?

 

He is very good at telling you exactly what he wants, detailed instructions of the task at hand, which reduces error when creating documents etc. and saves a lot of time. 

 

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Over Jessica’s 3 month internship she designed our MASS Wars logo, made graphics for social media, she aligned our MASS education presentations with MASS Branding, designed the accompanying handouts that come with them and our pitch document for the MASS education program. 

 

Term 2 Internships now open

We are now taking applications for term 2/Easter internships. Starting March through to May.

There’s plenty of opportunities available, lots to learn and we will find something that suits you.

If you’re interested in a rewarding internship with MASS get in touch at info@muscleathleticsports.com

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