Intern in the Drilling Fluids and Wellbore Stability group
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
It has been really good. I've done one project which has been split into two main parts but both were very interesting and gave relevant results.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
If I had an idea, it would always be listened to, even if it did not get used.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager has been very supportive. We have spoken most days about the direction the project should go down.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
For most of the year I've had very busy days. There have been a few weeks where I've been less busy but I've found work to do in these times.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
As the year progressed and I felt more confident, I was able to do my own experiments and then report the results to my manager.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The chemistry I've learnt this year is unlikely to have a major bearing on my degree as it is very specialised. However, project management and organisation skills I have learnt will be invaluable.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office has a friendly atmosphere however I feel like there could be more collaboration between departments. It was difficult to communicate with another department which ultimately led to issues with the end of my project.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The research centre has a lot of interns so they know what to do. The whole year has been very structured which has helped me get the most out of it.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Beyond essential HSE training, I have had little formal training. However, I have learnt how to use various machines after asking my manager
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I've concluded that Schlumberger probably isn't the company I want to work for. This is mainly because a position as a field engineer is the main way into the company and that lifestyle doesn't appeal to me.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There are 10+ interns and we have all got on very well. This has made the year much more enjoyable.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Cambridge is very expensive however, the intern wage I have received reflected this.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife in Cambridge is fairly dire. However, I have traveled around the country visiting friends at other unis which has been enjoyable.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There is quite a lot going on in Cambridge however, you have to look for it. I have played 5 aside football every week however I had to seek it out.