Case Studies

Graceann Robertson – EC-OG


Graceann Robertson is a Business Management and French graduate from the University of Aberdeen. She undertook a 12-week internship with EC-OG in the role of Marketing Intern. She later became Marketing Co-ordinator and has been working full time at the technology solutions provider since October 2016.
Graceann, Marketing Co-ordinator at EC-OG said,
“I first saw the opportunity in an email from my university careers department. I was coming to the end of my time at the University of Aberdeen and I wanted to gain experience in the working world. The application process was easy and simple. I submitted a CV and covering letter and within two weeks of the closing date I had successfully passed the interview stage and had started my role as Marketing Intern. The tasks were varied and challenging, being given real responsibility from the very start.
There are lots of benefits of working for an early-stage SME. I work closely with the directors which allows me to learn a lot. We also have a unique culture within the company. I have been involved with some great projects, including; developing a marketing strategy in the lead up to our product launch, representing EC-OG at industry events, social media marketing, applying for awards (two of which we won) and writing press releases to name but a few. I think when people started to recognise EC-OG and were asking the management team which company was doing our marketing; that’s when I knew that I was making a difference in my role.”
She continued,
“I would recommend any student from any subject area to participate in the Santander Universities SME Internship scheme. It’s a good way to gain experience and being paid at the same time is a great bonus. In my case, it led to full time employment. I’ve attended a number of careers service events where I have promoted the benefits of taking part in the internship scheme. I’ve met Matt Hutnell, the Director of Santander Universities UK and I’m really keen to promote the scheme further. It’s an excellent mechanism for bringing SMEs together with talent from local universities. I can’t thank Santander enough for the opportunity.”