Intern on the directors and officer team
Aon provided me with everything I coud ever imagine. Working with one of the top Insurance brokers in the world helped me gain a great insight on what the broker, insurer, and client do and how to apply techniques they taught us to this unique industry. They provided us with vast amounts of knowledge and I can confidently walk out of this internship and say I understand this industry, the London market and Aon.
All of the interns are given a specific team to work on. Because Aon is very big this allows numbers of interns to be in different teams and get to know older and wiser collegues who become mentors and friends. If I had any questions they always happily answered them for me and also gave me work/projects to work on. They always want to take you out for drinks and dinner and truly want to get to know you. You also become very close with the other interns and go to different networking events with them. All of the interns go to different dinners, lunches and business events together. I knew most of the interns by the time we were done (there were about 60) and made some close friends aswell.
My line manager was the best boss I could ever ask for. She gave me assignments that would push me to learn more and always taught me what I had to do. She did not hold my hand (meaning she let me try to figure things out on my own) but still made sure I eventually completed and understood my different projects. All of my supervisors made sure I felt included and I got to know many of them very well. Aon has established a very comfortable yet very professional setting and I never felt uncomfortable talking to anyone. The different line managers did their jobs very well and guided us to perfection. They always had work for us to do and always gave honest feedback.
I worked from 9:30-5:30 and the entire day we had a good amount of work but not so much that you were extremely stressed or had to stay super late. I usually left around 6-6:30 but many interns left around 5:30. They give you real work to do so you get to learn how to actually work in this industry. Also I wasnt behind a desk all day. Our managers/collegues would take us to different lunches and meetings with clients. One day I over heard a random man talking about Going over to Lloyds of London and I asked if myself and another intern could tag along and he took us to his meeting and gave us a tour! You never get bored and they give you different assignments so you never get bored or feel you are doing repetitive work. The internship wasnt just work but actually very fun. They had so many social events with us and showed us all around London.
One of the coolest parts of this internship was having real responsibilities. Aon doesnt just give you random work that means nothing to just keep you busy. They give us access to important files and let us work on some of them. They obviously look over what we completed so we can learn from our mistakes and so incorrect info isnt added into the system. I completed an excel document that was used in an important meeting the next day and recieved a bottle of champagne as a gift for completing it so well. The work you complete is used by clients and Aon colleagues.
I study Risk Management and Insurance and Pharmecuetical and Healthcare marketing so this internship was perfect for my degree. I walked into this internship with a basic knowledge of this industry and I walked out completely understanding the industry and what Aon does. This internship is the foundation for my future job and will help getting me a job because I have knowledge that many people my age do not.
Like many large companies in London, Aon used the hot desking method which is there are no assigned desks you just use a different computer everyday. You get a locker to put your stuff in and the enviernment is very high energy. Everyone is happy to be at work and hot desking allows you to network while you are working. I got to sit next to someone different everyday which allowed me to meet new people everyday. The technology is very nice and the office is VERY imperssive.
Aon lays everyhing out for you and explains everything clearly. Nothing was ever a shock to me and I always understood my task. The proccess to become an intern is very competetive and a little lengthy but 100% worth it.
Aon treated the interns like true workers but also made a comfortable envirnment for us. The first week of working with Aon you meet with your line manager and you set up measureable goals you want to achieve during you time with Aon. You choose about 3-5 goals and have meetings about them once a week. At the end you present you goals in the way you agreed with your manager. For example, my goal was to understand the insurance industry to I had to give a presentation that proved I understood it. I also wanted to expand my vocabulary for business terms so once a week I had to understand 25 words that I came across and did not know and was tested on all of them at the end lf my internship.
VERY APPEALING! Aon has a grad scheme that 60% of the interns make it on. Once on the grad scheme you have a 100% gauranteed job with Aon. I hope to work for Aon in the near future
The social scene was the best part. As interns you were invited to so many different Aon and client parties/events. We all would joke that our Aon passes were like a golden key into any event in the city. All of the interns would go out for drinks after work and everyone became friends. We were also invited to many 35 under events which were very fun too. Many times we got to leave work to go out for drinks or get lunch with clients and/or collegues. In the office you get to know everyone and you realize how much fun work actually is. Obviously Aon keeps everything professional but they also know how to have a good time.
For most of the interns this was not a problem but me being the only intern from the US living in London by myself all summer was very expensive. Aon does not help pay for housing so I ended up spending thousands on living but that would be the case for anyone to live abroad. The socialising costs were not bad at all becuase Aon paid for our drinks and food whenever we went out. I never went to an Aon event and had to pay for anything.
The nightlife was amazing! I worked in Leadenhall so it was literally in the center of London. There were bars, clubs and resturants all over and were very fun and easy to access.
Aon works with many different organisations that you could work with and have many programs to get involved with as well. They also have connections world wide so they can provide you with pretty much anything. As interns we are required to do a CSR project and are put on teams of 8. We were given half a day once a week to work on them and then had to give a presentation at the end. This was taken very seriously and you had to work on this outside of work many times. It was very fun and you got super close with your group.