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Inspiring Ambition at Salford University.

Valerie Lalonde

13th February 2018

The Mara Foundation, established by e3creative in memory of Mike Mara, is announcing a new partnership with Salford University to offer third-year students a paid 12-month internship at e3creative. The practical work experience programme fosters professional growth, as students become in tune with how their skills relate to an agency setting with the chance to flex their fingers in the career of their choice.

The internship is set-up to complement the student’s educational foundation with hands-on application, easing the transition into the digital world post university. Work experience provides a powerful means for students to apply their knowledge in a practical way, sparking ambition and engendering a sense of job satisfaction that will last a lifetime; a sentiment echoed by the faculty at Salford University.

Flexible work-based learning is central to all our programmes, at all levels of study. Industry placements actively prepare our students for employment, equipping them with the necessary skills needed to succeed in the workplace and allowing them to test out their theoretical knowledge. The Mara Foundation and e3creative's new internship programme is a great example of the kind of exciting real world opportunity that we want to be able to offer our graduates once they leave University of Salford. This internship is especially important as it connects current and graduating students with e3creative that was established by Salford alumni, Jake Welsh. - Sam Ingleson, Associate Dean, Engagement, Enterprise and Partnerships in The School of Arts and Media

The Mara Foundation recently presented on campus to students enrolled in relevant programmes at Salford University and those interested in pursuing the internship opportunity at e3creative were asked to conceptualise a revolutionary idea that has the ability to benefit any aspect of society. Submissions are now being accepted as a creative piece of work that reflects the vision and use of technology. This could be in a format of a coded piece of software, film, illustrative graphics, app, video blog, newsletter, flowchart diagram, mock-up designs, use of social media, or similar.

Applicants will be reviewed and judged by a panel of e3creative’s directors and department heads. The group, representing a full spectrum of standpoints across the digital landscape, will deliberate their thoughts on each submission for a complete evaluation. In the coming weeks, finalists will be invited to the agency for an interview and the successful candidate will start their placement spring 2018.