Rating

4.5/5
  • The Role
    4.4
  • The Company
    4.5
  • The Culture
    4.5

Role Description

Research intern. Helped developed software in a finite difference simulator for seismic waves.

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • I really liked working on some software that had a very direct application in the geophysics industry.

    5/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • My manager was very friendly and incorporated my ideas and feelings into the project very well.

    5/5

  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • I would be speaking to my manager on a daily basis and could always pop by to his office whenever I was stuck.

    5/5

  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • I would work between 9 to 5 everyday with a lunch break, but had enough opportunities during the day to go for tea breaks and spend my time discussing other related problems with my manager and co-workers.

    5/5

  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I was allowed access to the main branch of the working code and wrote software that with the intention of deployment. I was also given the opportunity to collaborate with my manager on future research and papers.

    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 learnt a tremendous amount of C++ and good practices in Object Oriented Programming that would help me wherever I went in the software world. I was also trained to use the command line and cloud-based services, which are essential in any high performance computing tasks. Given that my current degree focuses on using computational tools to solve scientific problems and I aim to work in a research lab, the skills that I have developed have been invaluable.

    3/5

    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • Was very quiet and focused in the mornings. In the afternoons we would often engage in both productive and recreational discussions.

    5/5

  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • The HR staff were brilliant and the inductions ran very smoothly. I got a good taste of what it feels like to work in a corporate setting where all the admin seems to magically get done for you.

    5/5

  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • I was given a good induction by my HR manager about how to be a valuable intern to the company, and that guided the way I approached my placement.

    4/5

  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Flexi Time

    Subsidised Canteen

    Sports and Social Club

    Company Parties/Events

    Travel loan

    5/5

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • This is my second summer working for them, so I have already been re-invited once. I am also in the process of collaborating with my manager for future publications, so I would say great!

    5/5

    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • There was a good cohort of about 20 interns from several departments, and we would have lunch together and often socialise in the evenings too.

    5/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • It was very cheap for me because I lived in College accommodation and the company subsidised our lunches and gave us free breakfasts. Also, Cambridge is small and I could cycle to work.

    5/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • Good, I would go out once every two weeks or so and had some fun times.

    4/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • Yes, I found myself busy every weekend with recreational activities in Cambridge - the city is very alive during summer despite being a University town.

    5/5

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Details

Internship (1-4 Months)

1st November 2017


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