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Rating

3.8/5
  • The Role
    4.6
  • The Company
    4.2
  • The Culture
    2.1

Role Description

PR & Communications for Disney Media Networks (Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD), Star Wars, Marvel, Disney Interactive and Disney Music Group across EMEA. My team is responsible for asset creation and distribution, whereby I work on photo shoots, pan-European phone junkets, press junkets, and EMEA talent tours. My role also involves media relations and a small amount of admin whereby I compile and send out a daily update to the EMEA markets, and keep track of my team's purchase orders and invoices etc.

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • Such a rewarding year, where I got real responsibility and experience and worked on incredible projects!

    5/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • From day one, my team was incredibly welcoming and inclusive, always ensuring I got to be involved in key projects and had a real role. I wasn't just "the intern". My team became like a work family!

    5/5

  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • My managers were very supportive, always asking what I'd like to work on and what I wanted to get out of my placement year. This resulted in me being heavily involved in all of what my team worked on, and even managing my own projects. I was given a lot of responsibility in my role and was never afraid to approach my managers about anything.

    5/5

  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • My role was particularly busy, which resulted in me occasionally coming in early/leaving late. Whilst it was stressful at times, it was ultimately very rewarding and my hard work was always appreciated and noted by more senior members of the team. The nature of my role meant working across several lines of business, and so often led to juggling and multitasking, however I quickly learned how to better balance it all.

    3/5

  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I had a high level of responsibility in my job, whereby from the offset I was the main contact for several key stakeholders, and looked after my team's finance trackers, invoices etc. Additionally I managed a project from start to finish, and had the opportunity to work abroad, both independently and with my team, throughout the year.

    5/5

  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • During my placement, I developed several invaluable skills which will be transferable to many aspects of my degree and future career. I was given a key insight into a global company's internal infrastructure, and was given very helpful and supportive advice from my work colleagues.

    5/5

    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • The atmosphere in my office was great! You could tell that the team genuinely got on well with each other, and it meant you never had any feeling of dread coming into work. Even at the most stressful times, we always had time to laugh and joke! The team is like a family at times, and it really was a big part of why I loved my placement year.

    5/5

  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • The placement is very well organised, and both before and during my placement, I knew who to contact if I had questions, and if not, was always pointed in the right direction. Coming into my placement, I immediately was given an in-depth handover period with the previous intern to train me for the role, and I had everything I needed to do my job.

    5/5

  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • Throughout the year I had many learning and developing opportunities, from Disney University, in-house speaker series' and access to outsourced industry training courses. The training ranged from web lectures on how to liaise with different types of media, to various high profile business women giving in-house talks during International Women's Week. I was always encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities.

    4/5

  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Flexi Time

    Company Parties/Events

    Above 25 days holiday

    Working from home

    4/5

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • Many of the more senior members of staff were previously interns, however they do not offer graduate schemes. I think it would be beneficial to have previous experience of working in the company, but for future employment within my particular department I would first have to gain experience elsewhere.

    4/5

    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • The intern network was made up of over 180 interns, all based in the London office. I lived with a few other interns, and every day I was working with interns across the business. Outside of work, several days out were organised, and everyone was always invited and welcome!

    4/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • Living in London was never going to be easy! Unfortunately my placement wage was quite low (however the wage has since gone up for the new generation of interns!). My rent was half my wage, and generally socialising involved drinks, where prices aren't usually student-friendly. That being said, I never struggled for money, and would simply advise to budget accordingly!

    1/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • In Hammersmith itself (where the office is based), there are only a few pubs where we would frequent for after work drinks, however you're only ever a tube away from the likes of Soho, Mayfair and Picadilly Circus if you wanted more!

    4/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • I think there was an employee-led football five-a-side team, however other than that, all other activities were usually work-related events.

    1/5

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Placement Year (10 Months+)

30th June 2016


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