1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Overall I enjoyed my internship. There are lots of projects for interns to get involved with alongside their daily roles. I loved having a community of nearly 60 interns to interact with every day and to always see a friendly face in the office. You learn a lot at SAP during the 13 months and it prepares you for a career after university.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My colleagues always helped me if I was stuck on something or needed to ask questions. They always assured me no question was a silly question so I always felt comfortable asking anything. You are looked after as an intern by full time members of staff and always have people to go to if you need advice.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager and team were very supportive during my 13 months at SAP. It was easy to say if I was too busy and was struggling for the workload, similarly I could say if I was bored and needed more to do. They could also always direct me elsewhere if I asked a question they couldn't answer.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Because the business operates in quarters, there are times when you are very busy and times when you are not. There are plenty of other projects you can get involved in during your time at SAP so even if you are not busy there are things to help with. Similarly you can help other interns who are really busy at that time.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a fair bit of responsibility as an intern at SAP. I helped with multiple customer events where I was trusted to arrange certain parts by myself and talk to customers. Having such responsibility made me feel valued in the team and assured that they trusted me in my role.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I learnt a wide range of skills since being at SAP. A main one I have improved is confidence and I will use this in both university projects and future jobs and interviews. I also learnt communication skills, time management and gained a greater knowledge of how to operate in the workplace.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
On the whole the atmosphere in the office is very positive. The second floor is a lot busier due to where the sales teams are based whereas the first floor is a lot quieter. The atmosphere is made a lot better (I think personally) by interns as we bring a lot of energy and smiles to the office.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement organisation improves year on year due to the increased amount of interns every year. The steering committee for the interns are very supportive and organise lots of additional opportunities for the interns to get involved in. They offer lots of training at the start so there is no knowledge needed prior to your role.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company invest a fair amount of training and development into their interns. If you request an area that you would like to improve on or a specific area of training they will always try and put it on for you. They will try and prepare you for after university as best they can.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
There are little opportunities to return to SAP. Unless your team has headcount there are few opportunities to return. The Sales and Presales academy are for people with 2/3 years experience so not really for interns. There are more opportunities with SAP Partners like Accenture and PWC so I would personally apply there as I know I would have more chance getting a job there.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The social scene was one of the best parts of the internship. We organsied regular socials for the interns and hosted events such as the Christmas party and a final Awards ceremony at an external event. There are more social events if you are into sport as there is an SAP football team.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived with other interns in Richmond which is very expensive area. However we made use of the happy hours at local bars so it's not as bad. Living in Richmond is not cheap but it's a lot of fun and a short commute both into work and into Central London.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife in Feltham (where the office is) is non-existent so when we look for nightlife we go to Richmond or Clapham where there are lots more things to do. Nightlife around the central London offices is also a lot better as you are very close to bars and clubs for after work drinks.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are a few activities to get involved in outside of work like the SAP football team. They play every week and have an annual trip to Germany for the SAP World Cup. We were told there was a SAP netball team as well but I have not seen that this year.