Underwriting Summer Intern

by Allianz UK

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  • The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • I enjoyed learning about a new industry of which I had no prior knowledge about before this placement, particularly because Insurance is relevant to the lives of the population at large. Working in such a dynamic and supportive office in which everyone wants you to succeed was also enjoyable.


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • I felt extremely valued by my colleagues as a new member of the team with a fresh interest, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn, and therefore a means of reminding the team of the interesting and valuable nature of their own roles. However, I did not feel hugely valued in terms of contribution to the business in general. I did not feel I was given the opportunity to get involved in many projects and tasks which truly made a difference to the business as a whole.


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • I was given great support and guidance by my line manager who was more than willing to answer any questions I had on new tasks. However, I was not given much guidance on what was expected of me in terms of my own performance and contribution over the 9 weeks.


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • Although there were was not a great deal of variety among the tasks I was given, I felt there was always something I could be getting on with. During the days I spent shadowing people in different departments I was kept very busy.


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I was given very little responsibility other than for myself and my own personal development and hence didn't feel I was able to make as much of an impact on the business as I would have had hoped to.


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • I have learnt a lot about myself and the way a large business runs and this will stand me in incredibly good stead in the future by enabling me to identify my own strengths and weaknesses and the type of company I want to work for - one with a culture parallel to Allianz.


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • The atmosphere was exceptional. Everyone was incredibly friendly, welcoming and supportive and more than willing to help and answer questions.


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • The weekly organisation of the placement was great but in terms of overall structure it felt disjointed.


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • I was given ample opportunity to explore the departments that I was interested in and also benefited greatly from the two peer development days during the placement.


  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Sports and Social Club


  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • The culture is very appealing, the types of roles available are less so.


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • There was a very good social scene and much opportunity to get involved in extra-curricular activity such as pub quizzes etc.


  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • 3/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • 5/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • 4/5

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Internship (1-4 Months)

Administration/Secretarial, Auditing/Tax

North West

August 2017

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