Fiona Cruickshank

People Function Intern

  • Management and Spanish
  • Exeter, University of
  • Internship (1-4 Months)

What made you apply to Standard Life?

Standard Life’s exceptional reputation and position as a FTSE100 company and the fact that the placement is 10 weeks, longer than most summer schemes. This allowed me to get involved with real project work, get settled in to the company and maximise the opportunity to learn as much as possible. The office location in the centre of Edinburgh and the fact that the scheme runs over the Edinburgh festival are also a huge attractions!

“I hugely enjoyed my time at Standard Life for so many reasons. The culture there is so welcoming and friendly and settling in was no problem at all.”

To what extent did you enjoy your placement / internship?

I hugely enjoyed my time at Standard Life for so many reasons. The culture there is so welcoming and friendly and settling in was no problem at all. The people I was working with were a lot of fun, helpful and created a great working environment. The grad and intern network is another huge aspect of the placement – including an induction programme and Facebook community. We ate lunch together every day and organised weekly socials, too.

What did you enjoy most about your placement?

The structure of the Standard Life internship helps to give direction and purpose. Everyone is given ownership of a real project, creating a sense of responsibility. Alongside this you have the opportunity to get involved with many smaller projects, adding variety and allowing you to meet lots of people from different business areas. This structure gives a great sense of achievement as you can deliver on your objectives at the end of the placement.

People Function Intern

What was the application process like?

The application process for interns is the same as for graduates, so it is thorough, consisting of application, online tests, a phone interview and then an assessment centre. The process was fairly quick and seamless, though, and the recruitment team were really supportive and informative throughout. Any questions or queries were always welcomed, and the interview and assessment centre were a hugely positive, welcoming experience. Everyone was very relaxed, with a great mix of formal and informal activities.

What is the most valuable lesson you learnt on your internship?

Take advantage of everything available to you. Standard Life really encourages interns to network and learn as much as possible from the people around them. I set up meetings with heads of all the departments in the People (HR) team, to learn about the function and the different areas within it. Asking questions and being inquisitive were the basis for so much of my learning, so being open, communicative and seeking out those who can help you is the biggest lesson I learnt.

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