I thoroughly enjoyed my internship. Overall it was interesting work, in an extremely supportive environment with a clear and helpful manager. Also I learnt a lot about my team's work, and information about other business areas, which was extremely interesting and helpful.
I really enjoyed my placement, I was kept busy by my line manager and really felt I was contributing to the team and valued member of the FCA. I wasn't put in the department that I chose, but I still really enjoyed my time and the intern-wide activities were still very enjoyable. The FCA did a great job of making us all feel connected despite the fact that it was all online. I really enjoyed my internship here.
My internship experience was great overall. Despite it being remote, I felt as part of my team from Day 1 largely due to the efforts of my manager. My work involved use of amazing datasets which made the experience even more enjoyable. I also managed to learn quite a bit about working with big databases on clouds as well as how to use time series analysis for data science purposes. So, overall I was very satisfied!
Overall I really enjoyed my internship especially considering the circumstances, the work in my business unit was challenging and engaging and I felt that I was given responsibility within my team. The Kaplan training was generally well delivered although I felt that some of the sessions could of been condensed into a slightly shorter format. I enjoyed working with my community project team and found the brief interesting but open ended enough that we were able to come up with some creative ideas.
Overall, I felt that my internship was a rewarding experience. From the first day with my team, I was exposed to an interesting range of tasks to work on and topics to become familiarised with. My role afforded me access to serious decisions that were being made and an overview to the decision making process of the organisation. Very few meetings were dull and there was always something for me to do at every stage of my internship.
Despite it being virtual internship, I feel that I still got to know a lot about what it would be like to work there. People are super friendly and willing to help with anything. I know that the experiences really depend on which area/division you are with from listening to other interns but I really working in mine - Business Solutions and Tech.
The virtual experience was definitely different. While missing out on the in-person networking, it was readily replaced by regular catch up meetings with other interns and colleagues within the team. The work was challenging but engaging, and working from home allowed for some more flexibility, to allow a personal approach to the work. The project was fun to work on, and allowed for people to socialise and talk about the work they are doing at the time.
I had an amazing experience during my virtual summer internship with the Financial Conduct Authority. The FCA responded quickly and efficiently to keep the interns updated on the progress of the internship as the impact of COVID-19 developed. It was a shame the internship was unable to go ahead in the offices, however, the HR team but together a very successful virtual plan. The team I worked with were friendly, understanding and very supportive. I was able to engage with different levels of management and I was also given a lot of responsibility in the short period I was working for the FCA.
I thoroughly enjoyed the virtual internship this summer. It was definitely the highlight of my summer and conducted in such a way to make it feel almost like an in-person experience. Before starting the internship, I was sceptical as to how it would work, with everything being online, but it only developed my communication skills further and made the entire experience very insightful as I was able to experience individual chats with colleagues from all over the team.
On the whole, I've enjoyed the experience to a large extent. However, sometimes the fact that the whole programme has been online has sometimes felt that I've been slightly disconnected. However, I recognise that it would have been impossible to hold the internship in the office, and I've certainly enjoyed the experience more than no internship at all.
I thoroughly enjoyed the programme. It was fascinating to learn and take part in what the FCA does. I really liked working as a team with other interns on the community project. I found the training to help me develop my own skills. Furthermore, the opportunity to network was great. I met some people who were really generous with their time and offered valuable advice. Many were keen to stay in touch. Overall it was a great experience
I enjoyed this virtual experience very much. I was initially disappointed to find that it had been made virtual due to the pandemic, although I fully understood why, and I was apprehensive of how the internship would be structured. However, everything was run very smoothly. The permanent staff are kind and helpful, despite never having met any of the interns in person, and were always willing to help and answer questions. Moreover, the work I was assigned was interesting and substantial, rather than just work given to me to fill my time.
Interning at the FCA was a great experience. Not only was I able to develop skills ideal for work, such as communication and writing, I was also able to learn a lot about what motivates me in my own career. Although the internship was conducted online, everybody tried especially hard to make sure I was welcome and that I felt able to ask many questions. For anyone who wants to learn more about themselves, and to develop skills that will ease starting work after graduation, I cannot recommend this internship enough!
Was particularly tough with Covid and WFH, team tried to adapt it to remote working as best as they could. The work was dry, and I do not think that being there in person would have made much of a difference. Training was okay, but conducted externally, and was not particularly tailored to the organisation as a whole. To enjoy any placement the interaction is key, and WFH made it difficult to build meaningful connection and deep networks
My time at the FCA was really good! It was done remotely during the coronavirus pandemic, which meant I probably missed out on some social activities and didn't get to know my team quite as well as I would have liked, but considering the circumstances I'm not sure it could have gone better. Everyone was really welcoming and I was given lots of interesting and important work to do which meant I was kept busy and engaged.
My internship was quite enjoyable. It was my first-ever professional work experience, having previously only tutored, and despite virtual working I felt welcomed and included in my Department and Team. My work was challenging but flexible enough to suit my working style -- I was responsible for cataloguing the FCA's past research, which was a task that I could sit down and focus intensely on, but also comfortably work around other commitments such as meetings. My line manager also sought to add some variety to my experience by putting me in touch with graduates and associates in other divisions, as well as arranged for me to make a presentation on the research catalogue. In addition, I had the opportunity to get to know some of my fellow interns by means of the community project. We all enjoyed working with each other productively over the duration of our internship.