I could not possibly imagine how amazing my internship will be. Airbus makes some really cool products and I got the chance to work with some amazing people and see for myself how the products are being made across all European plants, whilst doing work inside and outside my comfort zone that significantly improved my skillset.
From my first team meeting I felt highly valued and esteemed. Everyone wanted to know what my strengths were so I could get on board and contribute to the team the best I can. The company does a lot to ensure that there is a team spirit present even if my team is based across different countries in Europe.
I usually felt well supported and tasks were given to me with confidence I could complete it. Sure there was times when I felt like i was doing something wrong, but my supervisor supported me through the worst of them and guided me when i needed the help the most.
The first month I wasn't busy at all, but that was just a natural process of settling in. Then i got up to the point that I'm never bored at work, and sure there is sometimes a bigger and sometimes a smaller workload, but as I was on a flexi-contract I could work longer when needed and take that time back for myself when the workload was lower.
I have been working on very high profile projects including the naming of ESA’s ‘Rosalind Franklin’ mars rover. I also led some projects myself which was pretty cool. I’ve created and published news articles on our internal communication channels seen by thousands of employees worldwide.
Because I got exposed to such a variety of comms channels, events and projects, it definitely helped me make decisions on where I want to go with my life and what I actually enjoy doing. I would not have found out that if I just stuck to my degree and the things I got exposed to at uni.
It was a very friendly atmosphere, quite relaxed most of the time. I was sitting in a small office and it was absolutely lovely and funny quite often. We tended to bring in donuts and coffee for people and it was just quite a nice community to be a a part of.
In terms of the job itself, it was perfectly fine. I interviewed quite well in advance, knew what I was interviewing for and who with. The company should do better when it comes to connecting other interns with each other when it comes to finding accommodation prior to them joining, not just after.
I got loads of opportunities to go around my role and into other teams to see how and what they do, plus loads of training for internal tools and professional software that will be definitely useful later on. The company has an internal improvement campaign called Leadership University and courses on self-improvement which are quite cool.
Working from home
Yes, I'd definitely consider working at Airbus again, whether in the UK or somewhere else. There are loads of opportunities in the comms areas as the company keeps growing every year.
Airbus has a Young Proffesionals Association which puts on events for its members, mostly grads and interns. I found it really easy to meet new people and everyone was really open. There was people from all sorts of different backgrounds, both engineering and non-engineering and from all over Europe which brought an interesting cultural mix.
Portsmouth isn't the cheapest place to live in, but its' not too expensive really. Depends what you compare it to really. My pay was enough for rent and to have a social life, but i couldn't really eat out every day. Indie pubs are really nice but expensive, its almost london prices when it comes to that.
Loads of nightclubs and as its a student town, every night is an out out night.
There was stuff like free language classes and the social club i've mentioned!
Placement Year (10 Months+)