The London Gateway experience

02 Apr 2014

When Sarah Bishop started a six-week internship on London Gateway’s environment team, her view of environmental management was, she says, very typical – she assumed it would be mostly about ecology and energy consumption.

“I realised very quickly that what was being done at London Gateway in the environment division was very different to anything I had learnt at university,” she said. “The environment division is involved in so many different aspects of the project, from archaeology to land contamination and waste disposal. Hearing about all the work done in the Thames prior to dredging, along with the rigorous protocols followed while dredging is ongoing, with marine monitoring, was very interesting and much more in-depth than I ever imagined it could be.”

By the end of her placement, Sarah was assisting in environmental inductions and carrying out inspections of contractors onsite – “very different from just observing and quite daunting at first”, she says, but giving her an insight into the construction side of environmental management.

Other activities ranged from helping out on a great crested newt survey to attending meetings with the Environment Agency.

“My experience at London Gateway has definitely opened my eyes to the vast array of opportunities there are out there and has made me even more determined to go ahead and achieve my goal of completing a master’s in environmental technology or maybe even environmental management,” she says.

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