I have had a fantastic time on my Internship at Tesco, highly recommended to anyone looking for an internship in technology. It has been incredibly interesting seeing how teams split between different countries work together in an agile way. Lots of great trips and social opportunities were also made for us throughout my time at Tesco. This allowed me to get exposure to different parts of the business and understand how all of the things created at head office affect the company. It has been an incredibly insightful time to work out what I want do after university and to see how Tesco works as a company.
I have really enjoyed my internship at Tesco so far. I have been able to understand more about lots of different departments, including buying, commodities, customer, technical and product development. My project that I have been given is really interesting and I have been really welcomed in to the team which has made the whole experience much more enjoyable.
I enjoyed it very much. I was given almost free reign to see any areas of the business I liked and went on a variety of different site visits every week so that I could get a full insight into the role my team played in the business. It was great to be able to chat to a number of different people and get their advice on progressing my career. It also opened my eyes to different opportunities that I hadn't even considered- I hadn't thought my degree would've been relevant.
Extremely interesting internship. Everyone is given a project to work on over the 10 weeks and it is something that is actually of use. It is working on real world things. Got to know the other interns well and it was a great group of people. There were always events and socials going on, from bowling to pizza at lunch. There was also a close relationship with lots of the grads and a nice friendly atmosphere in the office. The offices are all new and modern, with kitchens on every floor with free tea and coffee
Overall, the placement was a great experience. I learnt a lot on a personal level - on how I work best, work in a team and about Tesco as a company – its culture and the retail industry. I felt the tasks and projects given were suitable and my interests in them were considered.
In terms of the job itself, the company and my colleagues, I found it really great. My job was exactly what I wanted to be doing, and I got great experience from that. The company had a fantastic culture and was great to be a part of, and my colleagues we all really friendly and great at their jobs - which helped a lot with me doing mine!
I really enjoyed my summer at Tesco. It was my first time within such a large business organisation and I feel that the jobs and the role I was given were at the correct level for me to learn whilst still feeling like I was making a contribution to the team within which I was working.
The application process involved a online form with competency based questions, some basic tests, a telephone interview and a full-day assessment centre (in rural Hertfordshire, only way to get there was by car or taxi). Three weeks before the start date we had a reallocation event with information about different areas. This year the interns were distributed mainly between the Cehshunt and Welwyn Garden City offices, but form next year onwards the Cheshunt office will move to Welwyn as well. I and all other Technology interns were based in Welwyn (with one Intern part time in London). There are regular shuttles available from Welwyn Garden City Railway Station and the Tesco/F&F offices in Cheshunt/Hatfield. Commuting from North London (Seven Sisters area) took around 45 minutes door-to-door. My 10 week placement gave me insights into lots of different areas within Tesco. Outside the Technology office we had a two day store placement, a visit to the Customer Engagement Centre in Cardiff, visits to a Flagship store, Online Fulfillment Centre, Data Centre, and the Technology office in London.
I very much enjoyed my internship at Tesco. One of the main strengths of the programme was that it brought together the 35-40 interns across the business for regular development days, which meant there was a strong peer support system, as long as that provided within the teams. There was a huge variety in the day to day tasks I undertook, which made the internship both very interesting, as I was constantly learning something new, but also extremely useful in guiding my future career options.