Finance Intern at The Walt Disney Company

Placement Year (10 Months+)
Hammersmith Central London and City
Review Date
£18,000 - £19,999
Financial Management

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The Role



The Role

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

Job given is challenging and interesting. The working environment is very relaxed but competitive as well. I can say it is a very unique work place. I had a chance to work for three different teams which is not common. Having little bit of different experience would make my placement unique and enjoyable.


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

My team is small but it makes me feel I am valued and like a family. As a whole group, I think it really depends who you are working with and how you behave or approach to them. Even in same department, there are different teams inside. It really depends where you sit as well. Colleagues are kind and friendly in general.


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

It is easy to get support and guidance. All staffs are friendly and helpful. If you struggle with works or need support, managers or even higher managerial roles are available for you to give advise. High amount of discussions and meetings are being done and as an intern, the managers monitor you and give advise if necessary.


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

It takes a while to get used to work. It normally takes 1-2 months. I am doing finance job which is repititive but still challenging. Once you ask more work or different tasks, you become busy. Sometimes the deadlines are on same dates or close to each other but still managable.


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

Once you show your abilities and skills, you would be given hig responsibility. You have to make sure there are no errors and time mamangement is really important. As an intern, you would be more in charge of presentation, reports and research. All works are equally important. I am currently involved in three different teams which means higher reponsibility.


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

I am a Finance intern and studying management. I think jobs I am currently doing would not be directly related to degree studies but would be very helpful for my future jobs. It is a great opportunity to learn work environment and systems. Excel skills and other finance tools would be taught and developed.


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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Different team has different atmosphere. As my team is small compared to other teams, it is more friendly. However, as a finance team, I can say it is quiet. Office-wise, there are a lot of events going on and there are a lot of opportunities for you to participate and find something interesting.


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

Disney has been recruiting work placement for long years. They are very organised and have strong systems. Intern hand over books are updated every year and there are welcome talks and meetings. There are about 200 interns every year which you would socialise with other interns easily and make great connections.


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

There are trainning sessions but it is not a personal training. Resources to develop extra skills are kind of lacking. It depends on the managers whether they want to train you with new skills or give some trainings. You have to ask or try to find out what to learn and where to get resources from.


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Above 25 days holiday

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

It depends on the department and team again. Disney does not give graduate jobs straight away normally. Marketing or PR interns would get a chance to be called again but it is not happening a lot. The company is looking for more professional workers and even if you show your abilities, it would be very hard to get a job, especially if you are in Finance department.



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

In the beginning of placement, there are few intern drinks or social meetings. Later on, you tend to hang out more with interns in your team or department. It is also depends on you who you want to hang out. Team lunch or drinks happen occassionally. It really depends on your team.


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

Cost of living is really high in Hammersmith. You would find it really difficult to finance all your livings and going out at the same time. However, the restaurants or bars in Hammersmith are reasonably cheap and affordable. If you are not planning on saving any money, then it would be great place to socialise.


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

There is nothing much of Nightlife in Hammersmith. There are bars and pubs but boring. There is a karaoke as well. However, it is only 20 minute away from city centre so most of us do pre here and tend to go to centre later on. It is more like pre area.


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

Volunteering is really popular here and if you are Marketing interns, you would have more chances of working outside.


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