This summer, Bristol is Open has welcomed two interns to the team, Rob Camm and Xin Wang. Both interns are pursuing academic qualifications in law and electronics engineering respectively as part of their chosen career with an opportunity for direct work experience.

Rob undertook a short three-week internship during August as part of his preparation for his upcoming training contract with the international law firm, Osborne Clarke.He has a natural interest in smart cities and chose to work with us, at Bristol is Open, as ‘Bristol is a key city in this field. The focus of Rob’s work has been reviewing contracts to learn about our engagement models, to give us feedback on suggested areas to review as well as gaining an understanding of how we work with other organisations. We also asked Rob to be a fresh pair of eyes on our website which is due for an update.

Commenting on his experience, Rob said:

“It’s been really enjoyable. The team are good at answering questions and Julie’s experience and knowledge is great. It’s provided a fantastic insight into smart cities and the legal applications required for it.”

As a University of BathMSc student, Xin became immersed in our technical projects, which are at the heart of our purpose, on a three month placement. He has worked on our air quality projects, looking at the sensors, hardware and programming, developing the process for data collection and upload that is vital for our test bed facility.

Chatting about his placement, Xin commented:

“The experience has been amazing. I didn’t expect the working environment to be so great – if you ask questions, the senior manager will answer. It’s really fired my passion for working in this sector when I complete my studies.”

A full feature on our interns, their experience and their opinions on what makes a city smart will be published later this month.