Researching the needs of other companies and learning who makes decisions about purchasing
Contacting potential clients via email or phone to establish rapport and set up meetings
Planning and overseeing new marketing initiatives
I thoroughly enjoyed my placement, from both a professional and a social aspect. As an intern, I was given a significant amount of responsibility, equal to that of a full-time employee and this was extremely encouraging. I was given the ability to make key, important decisions with a significant business impact and having this responsibility made the job extremely enjoyable.
I felt like my colleagues treated me on their level, both in my team and other departments. They were willing to trust me with tasks, and asked for my thoughts as well, valuing my input. Moreover, they were willing to trust me with greater responsibilities as the placement progressed and helped foster a really good work environment over the year.
My direct manager really helped me settle in to my placement. We had regularly one on one meetings to discuss my progress as well as if there were any difficulties I was facing. He encouraged me to be open regarding my workload and let me know where I was doing well. However what helped most was he also pointed out areas of improvement to be made which was beneficial.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Socialising was extremely cheap in the local area, with £2.90 getting you a double vodka & mixer on a standard night out during the working week. The local town also has offers & incentives crafted by Intel with local companies for food and other good to bring down the cost 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.
The old town, near the office has a multitude of pubs, bars and a karaoke bar all within a very short distance of each other and close to the office. The 'New town' has a couple of 'clubs' that aren't the newest or best clubs you'll ever go to but the atmosphere created by the interns makes it worth while
Intel makes it a strong priority among its employees that they are active in the wider community. these include volunteering sessions for local wildlife parks through helping to restore/maintain these areas, helping out at local schools to facilitate technological advances within the local community and running workshops for anyone interested to learn more.