The 10,000 Black Interns programme: Meet Opeyemi
Where did you first hear about the 10,000 Black / Able Interns Programme and what interested you?
My mentor first told me about the 10,000 Black Interns Programme and encouraged me to take part in the 2023 cohort. I did further research and got drawn to the opportunities it opens for black students to gain valuable experience after seeing the testimonies from the last cohort. As an international student in the UK as well, launching a career through this process was a great path to follow.
What about BDB Pitmans appealed to you before you accepted your internship?
The reputation of the firm in promoting diversity and inclusion, employee wellbeing, and its commitment to innovation I had also connected with one of the previous interns who now works with the firm, she spoke so well of her experience, and then I knew an experience with the firm was what I needed for my career, and I am most glad I accepted it.
What have you enjoyed most about your internship?
I have particularly enjoyed working with the HR team and its different subfunctions. No two days have ever been the same for me. I got to contribute to the ongoing HR projects and learn about processes, and those were amazing. The people are also a big part of my experience; the values of the firm very much reflect in its people and how approachable and supportive everyone is.
What do you hope to achieve by the end of your placement?
I hope to be able to find a friendly work environment and be part of a team where I can use some of the values and skills I have learned. I am now more drawn to the professional service industry, particularly legal firms, and I hope to be able to continue my career in this light.
If you were to describe our company culture in three words, what would they be?
I would say ‘supportive, inclusive, and collaborative.” This is because my experience here has been working with people who have helped me gain confidence in myself and in my skills.