This review was submitted over 4 years ago, so some of the information it contains may no longer be relevant.
- 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
- 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
- 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
- 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
- 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
- 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
- 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
- 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
- 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
- 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
- 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
- 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
- 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
- 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
- 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Plenty of support provided, had the opportunity to attend meetings and given my own project to work on. Aside from the work, there is always small events happening in head office, whether that be social events or bake sales. Also, the team helped me settle in quickly which made the overall internship much more enjoyable.
I felt extremely valued. I was trusted to get on and do the work. I was also invited to team away days, showing that I was seen as part of the team not just an intern.
Support was brilliant, my manager communicated clearly and effectively with me and gave great advice. One thing that stands out is that they told me of useful contacts within Finance to go and visit. This allowed me to see the whole of Finance rather than just the area that I was working in and helped get my name around the business.
I was given tasks to do each day and also had a small project to work on during my 12 weeks. There was sometime when I was stuck for work but this allowed me to go and visit other areas of the business and search the intranet. I actually appreciated this time and it helped me learn more about the company.
I was given a small project to work on during my 12 weeks and was allocated tasks by my manager from their work. I felt that this was a satisfactory level of responsibility as there is only so much an intern can expect to do at any company.
This internship developed by basic skill set that you would not learn at university. The most important skill that was developed was my Microsoft Excel skills, which I have found useful in adapting to university work too. There was also skills such as communication that were developed in writing emails to senior managers and networking. These skills have helped me during my first two months on the Allianz Graduate Scheme.
Atmosphere was friendly and welcoming. It was also an exciting place to be with plenty of activities going on.
During the first week of the internship you have an induction day, where you get to meet all the other interns and have a quick overview of the company. After that, you are with your team and it is up to them to create a timetable for you to ensure you get the most out of your experience. Luckily, my team had set up meetings with key members of finance to maximise my learning experience and even provided a detailed timetable for tasks to be done each day. Therefore, there was never a day where I had nothing to do.
Allianz made the internship focus on the individual. It was an opportunity to explore the intranet for useful tips on finance/skills and to learn more about insurance. There was also intern days throughout which gave us an idea on how to move on from the internship i.e the graduate schemes available. There was also the opportunity to present what you have done back to all the other interns. Luckily, I was extended by three weeks so after the presentation I contacted a member of HR who watched my presentation and he met up with me to give me feedback. This is the level of investment that the company has in individuals, they are willing to help all the time.
The internship provides all the information you need to try and secure a place on the graduate scheme.
The interns were mostly based in Guildford so would go out together after work sometimes.
From what I could tell, it is the average of what you would expect to pay in London and surrounding areas.
Plenty of bars, pubs and clubs and other various activities.
There was always emails coming through offering the opportunity to get involved in difference activities. There was also social events with colleagues too.
Internship (1-4 Months)