• Management of budgets and owning the tracking of transfers to support regional marketing activities
• Central point of contact for EMEA budgets; reliance on clear communication and accuracy
• Additional Projects: Partner (top manufacturing customers) program support
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Placement has been an incredible experience. I was involved in the partner marketing team and received great insight into the channel and the business units that the business revolves around. Marketing departments seem to be much more cooperative, with the aim being on achieving outcomes rather than billing clients. It was also great to get the opportunity to be involved in the planning of a partner event which was a great opportunity to network with colleagues in all departments. As a member of the marketing team I have worked with a wide range of people including engineers, account managers and sales teams, which has helped me develop a deep understanding of the business and its functions.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My colleagues treated me as an equal from day one, which helped to fit in to the community and feel welcome. I did not feel uncomfortable at work, and there was no tension of the staff who are senior to me, which increased my respect for them even more. They would often show appreciation and recognize my work and it was encouraging to receive praise on several occasions on the internal Intel recognition system. Intel has a warm work culture and I was made to feel like a valuable member of the company. The work that I have been provided with and been involved has always been meaningful and simply admin.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
There is a 6 week handover period for the new interns, in which the previous interns provide support, guide and help to adjust to the job - which I felt was vital to help me adjust in the company. My team and manager especially has always been approachable and always mentioned to ask any questions when in doubt as we are not expected to know everything, and that was a rule of thumb throughout the year. Open forums occur on a regular basis in order to keep up-to-date with the happenings of the firms' and keep everyone up to date worldwide with the current affairs.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The workload varied for me throughout the internship, I felt my role had busy periods during different times in a quarter. At the start, mid and the end of the quarter was the busiest. Initially during the hand over period I felt the work was a bit quiet, but it was key as I was still adjusting to the company and the job. However, by the second quarter I was well and truly busy, as I got involved in different projects which didn't result in many quiet periods. Interns are encouraged to be proactive in looking for work and offering assistance when they have spare capacity to someone else in the team, this is helpful as you can apply yourselves to different areas which you are not primarily involved with.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I believe I was given an good level of responsibility as an intern considering the risk of things going wrong. I was also involved with budgets and make sure they are tracked and spent through the correct processes. As the year progressed I was handed an increasing level of responsibility. It understandably required some time before I was given this opportunities.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills that I have developed from this internship are invaluable to my future career. A year long placement touches upon a wide skill-set and enhances them towards a professional manner. The internship has provided me with commercial awareness and will assist me towards my degree when I go back to university for my final year, I feel that my confidence has also risen as a result.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Intel has a good work culture and I never felt the tension or nervousness when approaching senior colleagues. In an event that I had went to during my internship, I had an informal conversation with the man sitting next to me during lunch from the U.S and we were casually talking about football, whom I later found out was the managing director of NVIDIA sales in the U.K ! The atmosphere is pleasant and each department works well together to achieve the final goal.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement was very well organised. In terms of structure through the year, students get a nice couple of weeks break in June, they start in July in which the previous intern (normally, unless new role) is there to guide them for the first 6 weeks; introduce them to the firm, the team and the job - with an insight of the year to come. Then each quarter has different actions going on, and there is no fixed say as to how the year will go, which presents a whirlwind of opportunities. The year is structure very well in my role (possibly a couple of surprises.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
In the beginning there are several training modules that you have to complete to understand the ethics and personal skills needed for a role at Intel. There are several courses which the firm informs us about which you must pay and can do in the office, but on the personal front not much. Development is more of a proactive thing, the more involved you are the more chance of developing. I suppose as a full time worker this would be different.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I see plenty of opportunities to come back post graduation and work for Intel, with an array of chances to develop my career. The company seems to constantly changing the structure to achieve their future long-term goals, which I believe would be a exciting prospect. Working for a corporation presents many opportunities for varied work and I believe the benefits provided are great incentives that allow you to focus upon and excel in your work.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There are around 45-50 placement students at Intel, all involved in different roles and parts of the business. From engineering, finance, sales, marketing, hr, etc. This gave us a good social scale to mingle with people of different backgrounds and courses. All are made to feel included and over the course of the first few weeks you are already in close friendship groups, which will last for a long time as you spend a lot of time together.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The Intel office is in Swindon, it is affordable - however didn't have many things going on in terms of socializing. The closest shops and restaurants were a 10 - 15 walk away from the office. The only thing close by was the subsidized gym. It would be best to go to the cities nearby: Bristol, Bath, Oxford and Reading for the social aspect (they are not too far away).
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Not much of a nightlife as in university, there are a couple of clubs - but mostly pubs. Again it is best to go to cities nearby.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Intel offers heavy emphasis on corporate social responsibility and as a result I was involved with various charitable activities; Intel Inspire and volunteering. These experiences have also helped me develop new skills and experiences outside of the work place.