Required to carry out adhoc tasks. Was also given a number of different projects that spanned over the financial division I was part off (with tight deadlines.) Had daily meetings with the team, and catch ups with my manager and buddy most days. Team was very welcoming and felt like an important member from day 1! Had external meetings with third parties, as well as having to send lots of emails, both internally and externally. Overall a really inclusive experience.
We were put into a team with interns from different streams to work on building recommendations on a set business question, ours was centred around British Gas. Kept in regular contact with grad support and stakeholder for constant feedback and suggestions to develop ideas, and talked to people in appropriate business areas to gather more insight into the problem. At the end of the placement we presented to the sponsor who set our question and others in the company who were interested in the project.
Working on a project based upon a given problem statement. Working with a team of fellow interns with guidance from stakeholders. The project included producing a report on our given topic, before providing an in-depth presentation to employees across the business.
Due to Covid-19, the bulk of the internship was based around collaborating in a group to deliver a group project on a complex business problem. This involved collaborating with team members from different summer placement streams, namely commercial marketing and business management. In order to complete the group project we had to set up calls with relevant stakeholders, complete research, come up with propositions and inevitably create a report/presentation with our findings. Outside of project work, I attended many talks set up by the grad talent team to increase my understanding of Centrica's business, as well as attending many self-development courses.
To be proactive in contacting external suppliers and colleagues within the company to enhance the quality of the work produced. To learn about the company, the markets it works in and the internal resources it has. To work closely with your team in delivering the project but also take responsibility for sections of the work. To take onboard feedback and actively seek it to improve your engineering understanding. To not seek perfection but complete work that is up to standard and follows company working practices.
I was given responsibility for 3 discrete tasks during my internship : Working on Interims, completing the weekly performance report and improving the Centrica Model used by my team. We would have daily team catch ups to discuss what everyone is working on and what's coming up, followed by some independent work (getting help when necessary) and then I would always have a catch up with my line-manager in the afternoon to discuss any problems.
- Online internship so the internship was adapted. - Worked in groups of interns (mix of analysts, marketing & business management) with different problem statements proposed to the groups - Worked on these projects for 5 weeks before delivering our research and recommendations in a report and then presentation to stakeholders. - Working independently in groups so you essentially decide what work you do - General sessions put on alongside this
Mostly working on the group project which allowed you to interact with a range of roles from the different Centrica brands and gain a real understanding of the business. We also had different sessions organised for us covering different commercial marketing areas, the energy sector, communication guidance and many more. The diverse opportunities meant no day was the same and you can gain a great deal of experience.
We were given a group project at the start to work on with other interns. This was a problem question on how an area of the business could be improved/changed. We then spent the next 6 weeks researching, proposing findings and evaluating these findings by commercial modelling in excel. We then presented all of our gathered information in a report that was given to our question stakeholders. Finally, we presented via PowerPoint to our stakeholders and answered any questions they had.
BAU tasks such as reviewing balance sheet reconciliations and streamlining processes to increase efficiency within my team. Identifying opex costs to allocate to the correct division, investigating the NZC process to set up a new division to allocate costs to via manual journals, clearing payments for old invoices, investigating postings to old cost centres and improving the workday 3 file. Involves collaborating with different teams and thorough use of SAP and Navision.
The task given during the 7-week placement was to investigate long-duration energy storage and write a report presenting the recommendations for the most suitable for Centrica to invest in. Day-to-day involved meeting with various colleagues at Centrica, including our line manager and reaching out to other streams for assistance. Aside from that, regular sessions for all summer placement students were held such as #IAmRemarkable.
Our internship was mostly project-based with useful talks inserted into the week. The project based work ensured you didn't feel isolated in the work from home experience. I believe this worked effectively, as I met people from across the internship as well as in the company.
Every morning started with a teams meeting with my line manager. Then there was usually at least one other 'summer placement' teams call, this could be a presentation on company projects to mental health or personal development sessions. The rest of the time was spent researching for the final report, discussions with other group members or arranging calls with internal and external stakeholders.
On a day-to-day basis, the experience consists of project-related meetings (on Teams), as well as a multitude of interesting sessions such as catch-up (with the buddy/manager/team), learning (usually a specific topic), mental health, inclusion, social, etc. The rest of the time is to be devoted to the project itself. There is also a wide range of learning courses that can be explored on the portal, which help to familiarise with Centrica etc.
With the internship being held virtually, no experience was lost since much of the company already works in this way. Working 9-5 on a project I really cared about with experts in the field really helped me develop my skills throughout the internship. I can leave the internship knowing I have accomplished a lot within the company, but also taking away skills for life. There were also many sessions held to show other aspects of the company.