Undergraduate is flying high with local air ambulance charity

Tianna Cowan, who works for Great Western Air Ambulance.

A local air ambulance charity has decided to offer a permanent part-time position to their university intern, after being impressed with her enthusiasm and dedication to their cause.

Tianna Cowan, a History and International Relations student from the University of the West of England (UWE) was taken on by Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) as a Fundraising Intern in June 2012 as part of the university’s Undergraduate Internship Scheme. As part of her role, Tianna was involved with helping to organise fundraising events, as well as launching the charity’s ‘Movin on Up’ campaign which is aiming to raise £250,000 in order to fund a new EC135 helicopter.

Tianna will now work at the charity part-time, alongside her final year studies.

Speaking about her internship, Tianna said:

“I have always thought that I would love to work for a charity in the future, and when I saw that GWAAC were advertising for an intern, I just had to apply. I have really enjoyed my time at the charity – it is a small, friendly team, who have made me feel really welcome. I have had the chance to develop my skills and experience and I think that internships offer students a great opportunity to improve their prospects for the future. I am delighted that the charity is willing to offer me a permanent role, as I want to continue to help to support their worthwhile cause.”

Great Western Air Ambulance.

John Christensen, Chief Executive of GWAAC, said:

“We were really impressed by Tianna during her internship. She has demonstrated how hardworking and dedicated she is, and her enthusiasm for our cause is wonderful. We have really enjoyed working with UWE in order to offer this internship, because as a charity we really appreciate the value, knowledge and relevant skills that students can bring to our organisation.”

Hannah Newmarch, Head of Employer Partnership Services at UWE, said:

“We are incredibly pleased that Tianna has been offered a permanent part-time opportunity to continue her work supporting the charity whilst continuing with her university degree. This is a fantastic example of a successful internship, as it shows how our Undergraduate Internship Scheme can support a local organisation to employ a talented ambitious individual, whilst giving a student the opportunity to develop valuable employability skills that will help them succeed in the future.”

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