My placement opportunity at Visa/Cybersource enabled me to gain valuable experience by working in a software development and testing environment. I tested software regularly to ensure accuracy and confirmed any changes made were correct, valid and comprehensively tested to help remove bugs or errors. I learnt different testing techniques and I used a wide variety of different tools e.g. Postman, jMeter and SQL Developer. I enjoyed working as part of an agile team.
In my role, I was given charge of several potential clients to prospect and qualify for deals. I also conducted extensive market research into specific retailers and industries to identify potential targets for our pipeline. I worked on a side project within the product team, where we worked on business sales strategy. I also developed an analytics tracker to provide management insight into the team. There were many intern activities as well.
On a day-to-day basis, I assisted members of the team in analysing policy documents and consultations released by the government. I also prepared a number of briefings for senior leaders in the business for meetings with external stakeholders and industry groups. I attended team meetings and meetings with people from across the business to work on projects related to helping the company maintain its reputation with government stakeholders.
For my role, I had 2 major projects that I worked on. One was for the Uk market, and the other for the Irish market. Most of my time was spent working on these projects. Any free time I had was either used on improving myself through courses or helping with any other tasks outside my projects that I could.
- Deliver automatized data tools that serves sales & performance - Ad-hoc data analysis studies depending on the needs of the client/teams - Analyze the results of marketing campaign with merchants in France - Marketsizing of the FBL cluster for cybersource products - Mystery shopping, and results analysis - Interaction with clients and the different teams (Product, BI, Consulting..)
While not the in-person summer internship that was initially planned to go ahead, Visa did a great job at turning things around in spite of COVID-19, providing a fully online experience that still made the time feel worthwhile. There were a range of activities to get involved with, with scope to tailor your learning to your own interests. I got to meet some great people, both within the team that I would have met on the original internship, and also when collaborating with other interns worldwide on the two central challenges.
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I felt welcomed and at home from the first day and everyone made the effort to introduce themselves and get to know me. I was given a broad range of real projects to work on individually and as part of a team. I felt like I had a real responsibility and was given the authority to direct my projects and use my creativity to produce new solutions. There was also the opportunity to learn more about Visa as a company- especially through the Intern Summit. A lot of thought had been put into this internship which allowed me to integrate well and feel part of the Visa family.
The environment is great. They have all the facilities. Every day they will provide fruits and snack in the kitchen, they have a game room, ping pong table, etc. And the people there are also nice, which made this internship really enjoyable. The only thing I would suggest is to make sure we have accesses to tools that we may need before starting, otherwise, it took too long to start.
At first it was a little slow working in software development, because it took a long time to get set up and get permissions to access internal systems, but once it got going the work was interesting and fulfilling, and I certainly learnt a lot. The intern summit was definitely one of the best parts of the experience, as it includes an all-expenses paid trip to San Francisco with all the other Visa interns from around the world.
The internship was all-round perfectly coordinated and structured. As interns we got the ability to network and become close peers in the beginning weeks thanks to Visa's Global Intern Summit. Thereafter it was both challenging yet motivating, especially seeing the impact we got to make as interns. It was overall a perfect blend of interesting projects and tasks as well as awesome socials organised by HR. HR also organised Excel and Powerpoint workshops which was very useful!