Learning and Development Intern at The Walt Disney Company

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Placement Year (10 Months+)
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The Role
The Company
The Culture

Role Description

Co-ordinating and supporting the L&D Team with all learning, talent and development initiatives.

The Role

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

I absolutely loved it and I have been so sad to leave. The company and the people are just as magical as you would expect. The placement gives you so many challenges and you gain so much responsibility which really develops you personally and professionally. I loved going in every day even if I was extremely busy and under pressure. It was the best year and I really recommend it.
5 /5

2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

I felt just as valued as any other employee there. You do not feel like an intern but just another employee - a lot of people didn't even realise I was an intern I was given that so many opportunities. I was relied on just as much as any other employee. I was a key member of my team and provided essential support to many others. Disney are very passionate about giving interns an amazing and rewarding time. You are encouraged to shadow and join in with as much as possible during your 12 months there!
5 /5

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

My manager and team were amazing. From the beginning they gave me essential guidance to get settled into the company. There was never a time I could not ask a question. They had a very open door policy for anything. As I was more settled my team gave me exciting opportunities and projects to be involved in - in which my team and manager gave my guidance but also gave the opportunity to do my own work and create my own project which I could be proud of.
5 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Always busy. Always things to do. Always something to be involved in. If you act proactively many people will approach you wanting to involve you. You are treated as a full time member of the team so there is always work to do. But it was always balanced well - at times I was crazy busy but that gave me a challenge and other times I had a chance to catch up on a few bits I couldn't do when I was very busy.
5 /5

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

As much as any full time employee. I organised a full week's internal and external training event for the team in the UK offices and in Europe. I was given full responsibility to organise this - and it was amazing! My role was very key and essential for my team.
5 /5

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

It has given me so much practical knowledge which I know will mean I will have a lot of practical application in my final year - which will help me understand the concepts/ topics much easier. I have been exposed to the world of work in a massive international organisation which has helped me understand my future career steps and I have learnt a lot about myself - for example how capable I am of doing things when I never thought I could do that before. I am a lot more confident in my ability and have so much experience which I can now use for my future, wherever that will be!
5 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Full of Disney products (plush toys everywhere). Really great atmosphere in the office which means you can be yourself. Everyone is very friendly and easy to get on with - especially as it is such a huge office!
5 /5

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

Brilliantly. I was given lots of opportunities and the company is very keen for you to learn as much as possible over the 12 months. There was as much support there as you needed. Disney take on a lot of interns every year so they are well experienced in the intern process and there is lots for you to be involved in to make you feel part of the company.
5 /5

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

So much! I have attended 7 leadership courses as part of my placement. I have also been involved in an Insights session. They never worried about investing too much in me for me to then leave after 12 months. They cared about my development during those 12 months and I was allowed to gain as much insights as possible.
5 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • International Travel
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Working from home
5 /5

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

Disney love to employee those who have already worked within Disney. As it is such a big company once you understand its structure they are very keen to hire you. Unfortunately there is no graduate scheme so it depends if there is a job available for me once I graduate. I have kept on good terms with those I worked with and have mentioned they would love me back (many have already said we know we'll see you again). So if you work hard it is quite likely.
4 /5

The Culture

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

There are lots of interns to socialise with. Hammersmith has lots of bars which you can go for drinks after. Central London is not far away for you to go and socialise on a night out.
5 /5

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

It is in London so it is not cheap, although bars & pubs are not bad prices. I lived at home but if you wish to live in around Hammersmith it is definitely not cheap at all!
3 /5

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

Lots of bars, pubs and restaurants! No clubs near by you need to go into central London for this. But everyone is always keen to socialise.
4 /5

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

Lots of drinks on Thursdays and Fridays which happened. All depends on how involved you want to be and what your teams you work with are like.
3 /5