I interned for Aon Inpoint, which is Aon's strategic consulting department. As this was my second internship at Aon, I was given significant responsibility, which provided a great challenge but also a great learning opportunity. All throughout, my assigned buddy and the rest of the team ensured I always felt supported and could always ask questions if I didn't understand something. The work was interesting and I had the chance to work on two client deliveries and one internal project, enabling me to gain wider scope about what Inpoint does.
The internship also had a large learning network, meaning that every week we had lunches & learns about other aspects of the business, which enabled all of us to gain a higher understanding of Aon has a whole.
Overall, it was a great two months and I would recommend Aon Inpoint to anyone interested in strategic consulting.
The team was incredibly nice from day one. Although there is somewhat of an age divide in terms of social groups, every team member made sure both me and the other intern on the team felt valued and supported. In general, Aon assigns a buddy to all interns, which helps them, have someone they can go to whenever they have any questions. Additionally, your line manager will also be a point of contact if you ever have more serious concerns/topics you want to discuss.
I was assigned to a project from day one, and although this came with significant responsibility, my line manager arranged to have meetings with me on a weekly basis to ensure I was being challenged enough but not beyond my capabilities. Additionally, whenever I had a question, there were multiple people I could go to for help and so I never felt lost or unsure of what to do.
Throughout the two months, I can only think of 1-2 days in which I wasn’t doing something all day. The nature of the projects Inpoint does ensures that all members will be working at a reasonable pace until delivery. Additionally, I was working on 2 projects at the same time and so I was never bored. Furthermore, as part of the internship we had to do a CSR project which meant I could always work on that during quieter hours.
Since it was my second internship at Aon, the team trusted me with significant responsibility from day one. Although the project I was working on was a small one, I was the only analyst on it, meaning I was responsible for all of the excel analysis as well as the creation, formatting and presentation of the data. Additionally, my project manager let me present part of my findings to the client during the final delivery meeting.
My time at Aon Inpoint equipped me with a great work ethic and a great sense of teamwork and producing quality work that your colleagues can continue working from. Additionally, I have improved my Excel and PowerPoint capabilities significantly, which will help me not just in University but in future jobs. Additionally, working in a firm such as Aon gives you a great sense of being part of a larger project that encourages you to produce your best work. Furthermore, although the work wasn’t stressful in a bad way, producing client deliverables carries more importance than a university essay, hence equipping you for working in pressured environments and creating quality content for a client.
It was a great learning experience and I would be happy to come work here in the future!
There is a good working dynamic in the office. Usually in the mornings, the people sitting next to you will always take time to ask you how you’re doing. The other graduates took the time to take me and the other intern out for lunch on a few occasions and the atmosphere is very friendly. However, people also work very hard during 9-6 and so the working space is kept mostly quiet, which is something I valued. If you wanted to chat to someone you could do so in the kitchen area, designed purposely to be used as a social space.
The internship was well organised, with the first 3 days consisting of training days with every other intern placed in the UK. This enabled us to start out internship in a sociable manner that helped us make friends with the other interns while receiving training that will make our internship easier to navigate. Additionally, there were weekly lunches & learns that also provided additional learning.
Aon values their people highly, and so on top of the learning materials from the internship, each team made sure to bring their interns along to meetings at Lloyds or with other clients to provide them with greater exposure to the business. I for example was taken on client site and assisted various meetings with our client while some interns in claims got sent to a workshop that was taking place for insurance over the summer.
I would be very happy to come work for Aon Inpoint in the future. The team has in place an excellent graduate scheme designed to give you exposure to the work they do but also other areas of the firm. The scheme also provides training in areas where you will gain transferable skills from and so I would be happy to join as a graduate. Furthermore, I’ve really enjoyed working here and would like to work with everyone again in the future.
However, we won't be hearing back until 3-4 weeks after the internship is done.
As I mentioned, because the first 3 days where spent exclusively with the other interns, everyone got a chance to make friends. Aon uses an internal messaging system called lync which enabled us to message each other and coordinate to grab lunch or a coffee together. Additionally, we were put in teams of 8 for our CSR project which meant you were constantly chatting to the other 7 interns.
The internship was in London, which is not a cheap place. After work drinks were fairly expensive but the team was nice enough to buy me a drink from time to time. However, costs of living here are very expensive and while the intern salary is very reasonable, London will feel expensive (because it is).
The Aon office is located in the City of London, which is a 5-10 minute walk from Shoreditch, one of the best places in London to go grab a drink. Shoreditch has many cool bars and clubs, many of which offer happy hour discounts and a good night scene. The area is filled with both students and people in suits enjoying a beer after work and the environment is very relaxed and fun.
Aon Inpoint does not have any official sports teams (and I am unsure whether Aon offers any) but they do organise industry presentations and will be invited to certain client parties on occasion. While there weren’t too many after works events, the working hours will let you do many things outside work yourself. However, the company does have various committees dealing with LGBT, Mental, Women issues and more, so there is always an opportunity to get involved in those.