Design and Communications Intern at Cancer Research UK

Duration
Internship (1-4 Months)
Region
London Central London and City
Review Date
Salary
Unpaid
Roles
Charity/Non Profit Computer and Systems Engineering Design Marketing Public Relations Telecommunications Voluntary

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7.9/10

The Role
9.3
Organisation
7.8

Socialising

6.0

The Role

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

I have overall really enjoyed my internship with Cancer Research UK. I have been able to learn a lot of new skills and gain an understanding of digital communications in the charity sector. I have learnt numerous skills and believe this internship is the perfect way to prepare for a full time job.

9/10

2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

I felt very valued by my colleagues. I was given specific projects to work on and allowed a lot of independence in how I approached these projects. I was continually thanked for my work and also made to feel as though I was immediately part o the team, they made me feel very settled.

9/10

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

I was given a lot of support and guidance from my manager. She organised weekly catch ups for me to update her on my progress with my projects and asked if I was happy with my workload. If there were any areas I was interested in gaining experience in she was more than happy to set up some time for me to do this. I was introduced to all of the team and felt very supported from everyone.

10/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I was kept continually busy throughout my internship with projects to work on. Although I was given 4 projects during my first week these were constantly assessed and added to, to ensure I had enough to work on. My weekly catch ups with my manager ensured my workload was constantly being assessed.

9/10

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

Overall, I was given more responsibility than I expected to have during my internship. I was given full control over a few of my projects and was encouraged to feedback my ideas to the team. I was also given some tasks that my manager would need to approve, but was overall left to work independently the majority of the time.

9/10

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

The skills and experience I have gained during my internship with assist me beyond my degree as it has given me some real life experience and has allowed me to get a taste of work within the charity sector and within digital communication. I am currently applying for digital communication roles and I will carry the skills I have learnt in my internship into a possible future career.

10/10

The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Everyone in the office is really friendly and helpful and it has been a fun and welcoming environment to work in. Walking into this huge building on my first day was a very daunting, having never worked in an office before, but the open plan relaxed nature of the office made me feel very relaxed.

8/10

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

The whole experience was very organised. I received emails inviting me for interview, offering me the role, and giving advice for further steps. We were given a lot of information and many opportunities to ask for help. Esther especially helped massively with being so organised and answering questions before, and during, the internship.

10/10

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

I was given quite a lot of independence regarding what personal development I wanted to gain from my internship. If there was a certain skills I was interested in learning, my manager would organise time to allow me to develop that skill. They also advised me on applying for future jobs, which was extremely helpful.

8/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • National Travel
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
8/10

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

Through the placement I have been given a lot of information about job roles open within the organisation, this has helpful but I am currently not looking for a job within this organisation, although it is something I would consider in the future. I know Cancer Research UK would be a great place to work.

5/10

Social

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

A lot of the interns all had lunch together every day and were involved in fundraising and training opportunities together. I live outside of London so often couldn't stay after work but I know some of the interns living in London often went out after work together.

8/10

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

I would say the cost of living and socialising in the area of my internship is higher than where I am living in Essex, but seems to be pretty average for London prices. I think the highest cost of getting to my internship was definitely the tube and train costs.

3/10

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

Although I had no experience of the Nightlife in the area of my internship. I know there are a lot of really nice restaurants and a range of bars/pubs around. I am not so sure about any nightclubs but its London so there are many places to explore around here.

5/10

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

Cancer Research UK in general seem to have a lot of out of office opportunities, a lot of them seem to involve fundraising. During my internship I did take part in the Cash Collecting for World Cancer Day which was really fun. They are also running clubs and I have heard there is lots of going out during the summer.

8/10