Asset Management Intern at The Walt Disney Company

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Placement Year (10 Months+)
Hammersmith. London
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The Role
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The Culture

Role Description

Working for all three Disney channels in the marketing department to ensure each country in EMEA were well equipped with their correct marketing tools to advertise in house tv shows etc.

The Role

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

The internship I took part in over the last 12 months really surprised me - you hear “internships” are cliché for running around making cups of tea/coffee, printing etc. The opportunities I had excelled expectations and made me grow so much as a person professionally and personally. Will value this experience as I go through my career.
4 /5

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

The team I worked within wasn’t massive but individually everyone was so super welcoming and would happily go out of their way to ensure I had all the help and knowledge I needed to get on with daily tasks and projects. The job is amazing but it’s really the people who make it!
5 /5

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

My manager was incredible - I was given heaps of professional, personal and emotional support to no end throughout the entire year. Moving to London on your own and beginning a daunting new job can be overwhelming, when your Manager is there for you to guide you down the right path to ensure you succeed and gain the most from your 12 months it’s really comforting and motivating to push yourself further than expectations. Nothing but good words to say about my management!
5 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I was never bored. I was given responsibility after responsibility which meant new tasks were always presented to me. I got involved with as much as I possibly could which then in turn helped my co-workers gain the trust they needed to give me more things to do.
5 /5

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

I began my placement with basic admin duties but soon gained the responsibility of doing so much more than that, handling entire projects on my own with the correct guidance meant that I had a lot on my plate by the time I left and my handover was a monster!
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 will value each skillset I learned whilst at placement, bringing back these to university I know will help me so much and going forward in the career path I chose. I learnt so much more than I initially thought I was going to! Really grateful for the lessons taught.
5 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The atmosphere was always fun. It was the best mixture of catching up and having a chat with you co-workers and knowing the line of when to get on with work. There was never any hidden eyes or pressure to not look away from your work which was really great and relaxing. Everyone needs a break from the computer screens.
5 /5

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

The internship I was involved in was super organised... I would always have one to one meetings with my manager, weekly! To check up on what I was doing, how I could improve my experience and what work I would like to take on. There was always a plan of what I would be doing by the end of the internship which helped me have something to strive towards.
5 /5

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

I always had management meetings with not only my manager but the department directors, other department directors. I got to go on regular courses and sit in meetings that continuously helped my knowledge grow and my skillset improve. I was never treated like an intern and all of the options available to full time staff were also available to me.
5 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Travel loan
5 /5

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

The future employment prospects are definitely there. Most of the department staff currently are previous interns which was so nice to see - it made the fact of getting a job in the company afterwards it so realistic and not at all impossible. Here’s hoping for the future for sure.
4 /5

The Culture

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

Interns were definitely grouped and stayed friends within their departments for sure although there were multiple opportunities to come out of those groups and socialise with the remaining interns. There were so many which did make it hard to get a group outing but we did succeed once! It was fun.
5 /5

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

I researched beforehand and discovered that living further out in zone 5 made living super super cheap. I had to pay for a travel card each month but the difference was worth it for only a 10 minute journey and saving 300+ pounds on rent. Researching really does help out to save money to make the most of your time in London.
4 /5

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

There were a few cocktail bars and pubs around the area but nothing too crazy. It was always the case of going into central London for a club night. However the bars were perfect for an after work drink or some leaving drinks with everyone at work - great fun!
3 /5

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

Outside of work our department didn’t have a great deal available to get involved in. A few things happened over the year but they were usually work revolved for example the team days out or charity sport matches. either way they were fun. I would of hoped for more social gatherings though.
3 /5