Ben Kosky (left) with Michel Van Der Bel of Microsoft

University of Exeter student scoops top prize at Microsoft

Ben Kosky a final year student at the University of Exeter Business School has been named Intern of the Year by Microsoft UK. Ben was up against very tough competition, which included 125 other hopeful candidates from across the UK. Ben’s internship was the third year of his four year course, the BA Management with Marketing with Industrial Experience (WIE) which includes a year in industry.

Speaking about his achievement, Ben said: “I was delighted to secure the internship in the first place. Microsoft have been named as the number one company for graduates to work for, so demand for places is really high and I was fortunate to get one. I can honestly say I have enjoyed every moment of my work with Microsoft and have learnt so much from the experience, skills I wouldn’t have been able to get from my degree alone. I’d like to thank Microsoft for giving me this fantastic opportunity and also the colleagues that supported and mentored me whilst I was there.”

James Nicholls, Intern Manager at Microsoft said: “The quality of the interns that we attract as a business continues to rise, and this year was no exception. It is therefore a true indication of Ben’s exceptional performance that he managed to beat off competition from 125 other outstanding candidates to win this award. Ben was also lucky enough to be offered personal coaching from UK VP Michel Van Der Bel. What really stood out for the judges was not only Ben’s remarkable sales performance but his excellent work ethic and leadership ability. Ben is a credit to the University of Exeter and we’d love to see him again at Microsoft.”

Professor Robin Mason, Dean, Business School concluded: “Everyone in the School sends Ben their congratulations on this outstanding achievement. Our students are one of our greatest assets, as Ben clearly demonstrates. Our ‘With Industrial Experience' programme, which Ben is a part of, offers students the opportunity to put into practice the things they learn in the first two years of their degree. It means that they come back equipped with practical experience for their final year of study. What’s more, the placement gives them a proven employment track record and extra confidence—and in many cases, a job offer for after they've graduated.”

Date: 15 July 2015

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