I reasonably enjoyed it. The work atmosphere was good and the project I worked on allowed me to take responsibility and develop it further. Where I was living was central enough that there were things to do (a gym nearby and park to go running) and other interns to socialise with.
I felt reasonably valued. There were around 30 other interns at the same company over the summer who I socialised with and got to know quite well. In the team I worked in I was invited to their team drinks and their biweekly (once a fortnight) pub lunches so they were very welcoming.
A good level of support. There were weekly status meetings with my manager and monthly development chats with my mentor. Both were experienced in having interns and dealt well with me. This allowed me to focus on my goals whilst also producing useful work to the company which I enjoyed a lot.
Some days were brick walls, others (towards the end) I wasn't given enough to do. However for the majority of the internship I had the right amount of work to do. I was usually given several tasks to do in a given week and expected to do them by the end of the week.
The project I was given was entirely my own; however there was significant input from my manager and mentor into it.
They won't particularly assist my studies. However I think a lot of the skills I developed here will be useful in my career.
Friendly, weekly organised sport made it better. People were still focused on working though of course. Also there was free coffee and free fruit every day. This made breaks from work more enjoyable and allowed more concentration to be gained if hunger or distraction were the causes of loss of productivity.
Very well organised. The company own several company houses in the area where they put up interns over the summer for reasonably low price. They take on over 30 interns each year in Enfield and as such are very used to having them around. They seem to always provide good and relevant project to their interns.
A good level of investment. There were weekly status meetings with my manager and monthly development chats with my mentor. Both were experienced in having interns and dealt well with me. This allowed me to focus on my goals whilst also producing useful work to the company which I enjoyed a lot.
Sports and Social Club
Yes, the interns were a social bunch. Also you get to know other young employees there through the sports clubs if you participate. One evening I went to the rugby social with some other interns and that was quite fun. We played some rugby in the park after work and then had a barbecue.
Enfield is reasonably expensive as it's the suburbs of London. All the shops sold everything at slightly marked up prices compared to everywhere else I've lived in the country because of this. This meant I ended up relying on the reduced section of the shops nearby, which can work out to be cheap!
Terrible. We went to a club one night and it was bad. It was free entry but even then I thought it wasn't good value for money. The bouncers were rude and the club was tiny. To have a better clubbing experience you'd have to travel further into London but we just wanted a night out in Enfield.
There were competitions and sports clubs. They were all very keen for anyone, interns included, to get involved in the games and competitions. Some were on a computer, some in reality, the games included Geoguessr, online flash games, van pull, Ultimate frisbee, football, rugby, basketball and dodgeball. It was all good fun.
Internship (1-4 Months)
1st October 2018