Top marks for summer 2023 student internship programme
As part of its commitment to support the next generation of property development professionals, this summer Motion has welcomed two interns into the transport planning teams in its Reading and Guildford offices. Vicky Barnard and Aimee Conway have gained practical experience at the coal face of the planning application process. In return, Motion has benefitted from the different perspectives and creative contributions of two talented individuals.
Practical workplace experience
Aimee Conway is an engineering student at the University of Surrey. She returns to university in the autumn for a further year to complete her MEng as part of the integrated Masters’ programme, when she hopes to focus on engineering asset management and project financing.
Working at Motion has provided Aimee with a sound understanding of what transport planning means. She observes, “Transport planning was completely unknown to me and has revealed a whole new angle to the planning process. I never realised how much there was to consider. I’m currently enjoying analysing staff travel surveys, mastering the software applications and honing my report writing skills. I’m also looking forward to learning more about transport infrastructure.”
Transport planning matters
Vicky Barnard is currently studying Real Estate at the University of Reading and hopes to specialise in urban planning and development in her final year before embarking on a one-year Masters’ conversion course. She is passionate about making places better for the future users of a scheme, and looks forward to a career in master planning and regeneration.
Working at Motion has revealed some surprising insights for Vicky. She says, “I had not fully appreciated the importance of transport matters in the application process and how overcoming these issues can be key to a successful outcome for the developer.”
Commenting on the workplace environment, Vicky adds, “Every day here has been fun and exciting and I have been very well supported by the whole team.”