IT Development Intern at EDF Trading

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Duration
Internship (1-4 Months)
Region
London
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4.1/5

The Role
4.6
The Company
3.9
The Culture
3.6

The Role

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

I had a great time while working as an IT Development Summer intern at EDF Trading, having done a pervious internship with another company I was curious to see what EDF Trading has to offer and I’m glad to say I wasn’t disappointed. I would recommend this internship for both second years and graduates.
5 /5

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

From Day 1, I have settled as a part of the company and wasn’t treated any different than senior members of the company. I’ve had the opportunity to work with several members of the company from different divisions and most of them were very welcoming, was even invited to attend permanent employee networking events.
5 /5

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

Like I’ve mentioned, I’ve already completed a previous internship with another company and I felt that this place was a lot more supportive in terms of giving guidance. My manager and colleagues were also very approachable and always willing to help out, this was a major reason why I enjoyed working here.
4 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

It started off a bit slow as you imagine with any workplace as there will general admin tasks to do before completely immersing in the internship. However my line manager had already schedule the necessary meetings in order to find me an internship project. From the end of first week I’ve been busy throughout and never felt like the time was dragging.
5 /5

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

I was primarily involved in one project which was relatively high in terms of priority, and in my opinion a self-managed project such as my one gives to the best opportunity to take lead yourself and work around several rising issues. Moreover there is potentially the opportunity to expose yourself into more responsibilities if you want.
5 /5

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

I was impressed by the company that they had set up several intern training events which I found useful. One of the primary ones is a presentation skills workshop which I found useful for developing my confidence in presenting. There are also other events such as Lunch and Learn hosted by different departments every week providing the opportunity to gain a border perspective of the company
5 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

It was a fairly laid back environment (in my department anyway), I was expecting this to be a high pressured corporate environment as this was a sale & trading company - this was definitely a change to my previous internship workplace. Other employees were also were friendly and very approachable.
5 /5

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

It was well structured by the HR department with events being separated with the right gap meaning that it doesn’t occur too often affecting your project and not too far away so that you don’t lose touch with other interns. There variation in the events set up were also really good.
5 /5

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

The internship in general was a pleasant experience and I’ve and the opportunity to work on a valuable project which added real business value to them and had the opportunity to meet several new people. This has given enhanced by transferrable skills in general and given the boost to my self confidence in order to apply to high demand graduate programmes in the future
5 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Company Parties/Events
1 /5

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

This is a great place to work in general and since this is a medium sized organisation there is a constant need for more developers to work on different projects. I would only be available for a full time position after a year and will possibly be back in touch to see if there will be any opportunities available then.
4 /5

The Culture

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

Yes, since the size of the intake is relatively small there is the opportunity for a closer intern community. Everyone got on well together often met up for events set up by the company as well as for lunch in other days. Company also organised an intern outing day mid-way through the internship where there was an opportunity to meet interns from other locations.
5 /5

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

Office is located in the middle of London therefore it's commutaable from nearby locations. Moreover the rent cna vary depending on where you are in london
2 /5

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

It's london baby
5 /5

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

Company entered in group marthons etc and if you wanted to, could possibly find out about other activities among employees.
3 /5