- 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?
I enjoyed my internship; the department was very friendly and were keen to find tasks that I would enjoy in addition to normal tasks. When I joined, we went out for a group lunch meaning I very quickly felt welcomed to the team. Tasks were explained clearly, and I always felt supported.
Some of the tasks I worked on had some immediate results, so I felt that I could very quickly see the results of my work. I felt that I could do tasks that were useful to the team, including tasks that I enjoyed. At the end of my internship, I was able to help the next placement students settle in and take over tasks, making my work feel valued.
When I first joined the company, I had an induction introducing me to the structure of the company, and was trained on all the software and databases my department used. Whenever I was given a task, it was explained to me clearly, and everyone was happy to answer any questions I had.
It varied from day to day depending on what projects I was involved in and if I was involved in any meetings. Each week my team would meet up and redistribute any tasks if one person was too busy, and you could pick which tasks to take on, meaning you had control over how busy you were.
During my placement I was responsible for the tickets for a whole company social, so I felt responsible from early on in the internship. I was also given tasks by my managers that I was responsible for, but the other placement students and other managers were always happy to answer any questions.
I was able to go to the company excel trainings, which will be useful in the final year of my degree, and will be able to use many of the skill I have learnt on my placement (e.g. researching, analysing results of campaigns) to help with my final year of university.
The office had a good general atmosphere; I felt like everyone was happy to talk to me, and answer any questions I had. When I first joined, everyone was very keen to get interns involved in office activities, and I felt really welcomed. There were lots of social events in the office while I was there.
The work placement was well organised, and I really appreciated having a choice of starting dates. When you first arrive, you take part in the introduction day with anyone who is joining the company. At the end, HR organise a meeting to review the placement, and improve the placement from any comments.
The department spent a lot of time when I first arrived training me and the other interns in programmes required, and everyone was very supportive, and happy to answer any questions. I was able to participate in additional training, which is offered to the whole company, allowing me to decide which skills I would develop.
A good number of people in the marketing department had returned to the company having previously worked there, so there is a precedent for people to return. Managers were very keen to offer references when I left, and were very interested in hearing about what I wanted to do next.
There were lots of social activities, both within the department and within the whole office; in my first week I ended up helping to do the tickets for the office party, which was a great way to meet lots of people across the company. There were charity events happening over the summer, which people were keen for me to get involved in.
Internship (1-4 Months)
Market Research, Marketing