An Economics student from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) is learning the "ins and outs" of policy-making at the Department of Work and Pensions, writes Olivia Whaley.
Sandeep Odedra, who discovered the placement only days before the deadline, is spending a year as an analyst with the Government Economic Service.
The 21-year-old said: "The university placement team advertised it to us as it was a role specific to economics. It appealed to me because it was so relevant to my course.
"I found that the placement team were really helpful throughout all the stages of the application."
Now, Leicester-born Sandeep spends his time helping to manage and improve current policies.
"The greatest thing about my placement is that they treat me as though I am a graduate. I know not all companies do this, but this role gives me great responsibility."
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In a blog post about his experiences, Sandeep wrote: "I have learnt an incredible lot about myself. It has almost been a self-development journey.
"Among many things, I have chaired meetings, presented in front of experienced colleagues, made new friends, liaised with other Government departments and more."
The role has also given him an insight into his future career. He said: "I am definitely thinking of applying to work within the Civil Service full time when I finish, as they offer graduate schemes."
Sandeep will continue his year-long placement in London before returning to DMU in the autumn to finish the final year of his degree.
Posted on Monday 24th April 2017