1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I am thoroughly enjoying being at this organization for the internship period. The training combined with the networking and hands on experience is very insightful into the day to day expectations of being a full time employee at Citi. The fact that interns are involved from the first day in value added activities really increases the potential for learning and makes the internship a rewarding experience.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The team makes us feel very valued, from the different departments to the buddies that are assigned, it is always encouraged to discuss with others and create lasting connections. Further to this, both junior and senior colleagues encourage us to speak up, ask questions and stay curious. Interaction with seniors is always welcome. Interns are also included in social events or other volunteering opportunities.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Management spoke to us informally before the beginning of the internship and throughout the duration took the time to answer questions and offer advice. This was very welcome and helped us integrate into the workflow a lot easier. Along with the general discussions, there was on-going interactions on our staffing, work load and the project pipeline.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
We were fairly busy on a day to day basis. If not working on projects, we were responsible for completing internal work for the team and on-going training for our placement. These tasks involved active learning or engagement with our team members which kept the day to day interactive and interesting.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Once the basic workstream is explained, we are given a solid amount of responsibility for delivering on-time and accurate information for our colleagues. It is expected that we learn quickly and we are able to deliver what is required to move the process forward. Interns need to be adaptable and learn quickly.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills developed on during the internship included communication, attention to detail and adaptability. I believe putting these into practice and being able to stay on top of responsibilities while keeping our colleagues up to date are key skills that will serve anyone going forward. Accuracy is expected but this involves teamwork and being able to recognize how and when to act/react.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in the office was collegial and collaborative. Team members are looking for you to succeed and will help you direct yourself and tackle the right areas to improve and deliver results. Overall, employees felt engaged and were happy to be part of the process. Since the organization is global, it was great interacting with individuals from so many countries.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Everything was well organized. From the training, to the work, including the out of office events, we felt well directed and were given many opportunities to hear from senior leaders, interact with other interns and network across departments. HR was always available to engage with and held open sessions every week for whatever concerns we would have.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company held events every week for our personal development. These events included senior leaders, other interns and many other departments. Further to this, we were exposed to on-going training on a self-study pace which gave us lots of flexibility to adapt our schedules.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
There are many areas in the business that seem to be hiring interns. Since the organization is doing well, there are opportunities to engage with other areas of the firm. Overall the environment is positive and open to letting interns hear and learn about opportunities.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The social scene was fluid and engaging. Placement students and colleagues mingled and shared tips/experiences openly. It was not frowned upon to catch up with others and have open chats to discuss tips and other advice that would be helpful. Further to this, we were openly invited to any gatherings with groups of colleagues outside of working hours.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living was reasonable given the salary provided during the internship. Further to this, the organization helped with travel expenses and a relocation fee. This was very helpful in assisting us in setting up at the firm and making us comfortable. Socialising was reasonable and there were many options to eat and other social activities.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife in the area I worked in was reasonable and included many restaurants and bars. It was not hard to find people outside, enjoying the weather and socializing. The area in which we worked was also close to other destinations and easily reachable by public transporation.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes there were several occasions to get involved. This included community activities, team social events and events with other placement students. For each of these events, invitations were formally or informally extended. It was at our discretion to join these events and if we chose to, did not feel as if we should not have to continue to work.