1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my internship at Warner Bros. I've learnt so much about the PR and film industry as well as gained valuable skills which will definitely help me in the future with the career I’d like to pursue. I’ve also met so many wonderful people – both personally and professionally - makin
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I definitely felt like I was a valuable part of the team. I didn’t feel like just an average intern because of the amount of responsibility they gave me for example, being able to manage my own projects. I really learnt a lot from each of the publicity managers – all very supportive and patient.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My line manager was definitely a big influence on how great my internship was! She was very supportive, motivating and always made time to have our weekly catch up where we can discuss any concerns or questions that I had. I definitely wouldn’t have been able to achieve and access the things I’ve done during the year if it wasn’t for her. She was also very honest when it came to my progress throughout the year – we set personal targets every couple of months and she would always give very detailed constructive feedback.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Due to the fact it was PR, my day varies a lot. It can go from having a general 9-5 day to working very long hours for 5 days straight – especially during a tour. However, it was all worth it in the end because I’d rather be busy as it keeps me motivated and those are the times when I learnt the most. It really pushes you as a person as well with all the challenges that you’re faced with.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
As mentioned above, the majority of the time I didn’t feel like an intern because the team treated me like one of their own. They were always willing to give me new projects and manage them which was very rewarding because I felt like I was actually making an impact.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I’ve definitely become more organised and learnt how to prioritise my workload, which will help me a lot in the case of uni work. I hope to maintain the mentality of working from 9-5 and discipline myself to do uni work during the day. I’ve also become more confident, both personally and professionally – particularly my presentation skills!
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Generally everyone’s really friendly, welcoming and always willing to help and teach you. Because of the nature of the industry, everyone’s usually pretty busy but we always find time to have a laugh everyday. It was also great to work with people that just love films and entertainment in general.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
HR organised lots of useful workshops throughout the year as well as great social events – both within the interns and the whole company – which were very useful and fun. Again, my manager had a massive influence on how positively constructed my internship was as my responsibility and projects increased over the year.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
My manager regularly gave me constructive feedback on my performance, which was really useful to have throughout the year. We would set targets for myself together and she would always be willing to listen and help me get experience on things that I wanted to get involved in. In addition to the publicity managers, I also felt like I learnt a lot from the marketing managers who were always very patient and insightful.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Quite a lot of people that work there already were previous interns, which is pretty encouraging. However, it is a matter of whether they have vacancies, as the teams are quite small. HR gave us lots of good advice on signing up with free recruitment agencies and also assured us that we would be informed of vacancies in the company straight away.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The social scene of work was definitely one of the best things about the whole year. As an intern group, we would go out on a regular basis and with colleagues, there would always be big, amazing and fun events going on – especially during Christmas! It was such a great way to get to know people in the company and make such lifelong friends.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It was pretty expensive which is expected of London. However, you get paid enough every month to have a good balance of paying rent and going out regularly! I was really bad at cooking at home and packing lunches because there's just so many great restaurants to eat out at and cool bars to go to after work.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Really good! There were lots of pubs and bars nearby even though we tended to go to the same ones every Thursday anyway. It’s also walking distance to Covent Garden and Farringdon, which have great nightlife. Definitely was not hard to find places in London which weren’t buzzing with people!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes definitely – both personally and professionally! You meet so many different people all the time from events such as screenings and premieres – all very fun stuff. At the end of my internship, I also managed to do some work experience with the agencies I worked with throughout the year which was very useful!