When she's not taking in the sunshine in Seville or turning up the disco music, you'll find Sophie Haslam at PLATF9RM Hove using her wills and ways for her travel suited role at Brighton Third Sector Training.
First things first, could you please describe your role within Brighton Third Sector Training?I am Project Co-Ordinator at B3ST. We work as both a sending & receiving organisation; recruiting people in the UK to do 3-month internships in Seville as well as receiving students here in Brighton and finding them internships in a variety of different sectors. Every 3 months we send 18 students to Seville who fulfils a range of different positions, from research assistants in a scientific lab, translator roles working for non-profit organisations who defend consumer rights, working in sustainable food production community gardens and English Teaching roles - amongst many other things!
Bright Third Sector Training specialises in community development, could you explain a little of what this means and why it’s so important?Several of our placements are centred around community development based projects, some are non-profit organisations who rely on support & passion from people in the community who are trying to make a worthwhile change. These are some of our most popular internships, the opportunity for people to go out and get first-hand experience whilst also learning Spanish in a beautiful part of Spain is a pretty enticing opportunity for most!
What do you find to be the most exciting part of your job?
Helping people who are applying for our internships move forward in the right steps towards their career. Generally, applicants have just finished a university degree or masters and our internship will be their first real working experience in their chosen field. They’re all excited and up for the challenge of living and working somewhere completely new and it’s so nice to see. Also, getting to go to Seville 3 times a year for a week or 2 each time isn’t too bad.