Finance Intern at The Walt Disney Company

Placement Year (10 Months+)
Hammersmith Central London and City
Review Date
£18,000 - £19,999
Accountancy Administration/Secretarial Banking/Finance

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The Role



The Role

Role Description

Regional Finance Analyst Intern for Content Sales.

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

I really enjoyed my placement. I found I felt like a crucial part of the team as opposed to an intern. There are a lot of perks that make the work aspect a lot more fun. I found the long hours a struggle but overall it was outweighed by my enjoyment.


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

I felt very valued in the way that I was included in all meetings and helped with all types of work, not just typical intern duties (printing/scanning etc). I felt valued as I was trusted with important work and checking over my colleagues work before meetings. I felt like I was trusted as part of the team.


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

I had monthly one to one meetings with my manager and occaisional one to one catch ups with the rest of my team. This helped with identifying any problems or concerns as well as discussing what was going well. I could also use this opportunity to discuss any problems outside of work.


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

It depended on the time of the month / time of year / how busy the rest of the team were. When the rest of the team were busy I tended to be quite quiet. The beginning of every month was always a busy period but you learn how to prioritise and spread out your tasks so you're not bored.


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

I had a lot of responsibility. A lot of my work involved retrieving, consolidating and checking information which would then be passed on and / or presented to higher management, different teams or circulated round the company. I also had monthly and weekly tasks which I was solely in charge of.


6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

The main skills I have developed which will help with my degree studies are the working hours routine, prioritising and allocating time to tasks, and the use of Microsoft Excel. The work content itself will not be very useful for my degree but will be essential later in working life.


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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

In the finance deparment the atmosphere was quite quiet and serious. Other offices and other floors seemed to be a lot more lively and fun, so I assume it differs per department. The whole office building overall has a nice feel to it with all the Disney decoration and themes.


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

The placement was very well set up - we had a week at the beginning to take over from the previous intern who ran through their notes and all their tasks and showed us how to approach them. The monthly one to one catch ups with management also allow everything to run smoothly.


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

I am aware of other interns having meetings and action plans to allow them to pick skills they'd like to develop and monitor their progress on these every week / month. Personally, I didn't have this option but I am aware it does happen in the company so in retrospect I could've asked for this.


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop

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

The company don't offer graduate places, so there is no guarantee of ever returning to the company. I would like to return in the future and will have to hope my placement year stands me on higher stead compared to other candidates. I think having a graduate scheme would be good addition.



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

Again I am aware that some placement students had a great social scene within their teams and each other, but my department wasn't that sociable. There is one event that includes all interns in winter. It would've been nice for more of these events as some departments (such as my own) don't do much!


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

Dreadful! The office is quite far out of central London, and so getting to work alone took up a third of my pay each month. Moving to the area is just as expensive so there is no way around it. Still being considered a part of London meant that activities and events in the area are London prices - expensive.


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

There are plenty of pubs and restaurants around the area I worked but they are London prices - very expensive. As I said above, you either have to live locally which is extremely expensive leaving no budget for local nightlife, or you have to commute in which is also expensive leaving no budget for local nightlife as you also have to get home.


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

The opportunity to watch all the newly released Disney film during work hours is a massive bonus. Sometimes they will screen films purely for employees at the nearby cinema. There are plenty of events unrelated to work inside the office - I have seen less events outside of the office though.


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