I fully enjoyed my internship of 8 weeks because I was put on a project that was applicable to my degree. I felt that I could value add with my academic knowledge and clinical training, while focusing on core consulting skills and honing them on the job. Kudos to the resourcing team for allocating relevant projects!
This internship was not one where interns are asked to do menial tasks like photocopying and getting coffee. I was tasked with real work that would impact the project, such as making slides that were included on final client deliverables. I also included in all work-related meetings, invited to socials, and generally valued as a fellow Associate instead of temporary intern.
During this internship my project team consisted of a Senior Associate, a Senior Manager, a Director and a Partner -- rather small team. My immediate boss was my greatest mentor, and she was very inspiring and empowering in believing in my capabilities and potential. She gave me feedback for every piece of work I did, as well as took time out to explain more formal training materials that I missed out on.
On a daily basis the working hours are decent, working from 9 am to 6 pm on average. Busyness depends on whether there is outstanding work to do, or on client facing activities. For e.g. meetings with a client in the US would mean we have to stay back for longer. I think the benefit of more flexible working time allows for work to be brought home if I would rather work in the comfort of my home.
I was given responsibility equivalent to that given to a new Associate. This meant a steep learning curve, though with less expectations that I imagined (a.k.a. here's some real data collection and analysis for you to do, but don't worry we'll help you). Amongst these include doing desktop research, making cheatsheets for workshops, taking interview notes (and making them client-ready!), making slides etc.
My data collection methodology, slide deck making, presentation skills, and other core consulting 101 skills were definitely learned and honed during this internship. At the same time, from the project and any other interaction I had during this internship, I have gained a lot of commercial awareness, specifically in the pharmaceutical industry that I did my project in AND also my degree. Also, soft skills like communicating with different stakeholders, with client, with other same-grade people. and just general confidence boosting.
The atmosphere in my office was This was helped by both the way the office is structured (operates on a hot desking policy), and the physical space itself (different types of desks, bright sunlight from the windows). Everyone is very friendly and there is good chats at random times of the day, which is different from the stressful atmosphere you might expect.
From the residential training to our project allocation and subsequent working over the two months, this internship was well organised and planned out. The career coach and buddy allocation was good, as well as the building tour and local recruiter catch ups, as these enabled good support on any problems I may have faced.
As a management consulting intern, the training is quite minimal in terms of what's applicable to the job, so your personal training and learning comes from your specific project, which can differ quite a bit. Overall, the firm has a culture of helping each other develop their full potential, so everyone on the team I have been working with are keen to help me grow.
The work culture is definitely a plus point to work in this organisation, as well as the people who are both fun and engaging to work (and play!) with. The nature of your project and your role in it would determine how appealing it is to get on future employment here, but overall there is so many opportunity to explore different parts of consulting, meet different people, work on interesting things, so yes it is quite appealing.
Yes, social scene was amazing amongst both fellow interns and also in the project team I was in. With the interns, we got very close because there was common space in the office and outside the office (e.g. during lunch, after work) to be together as a bigger group and bond. Similarly, with colleagues, both work socials (e.g. monthly Pharma team socials) and normal socials (e.g. going for impromptu dinners together) were available. This made working so great because you feel like you are making friends as well.
London is expensive. London Bridge is expensive. Biggest cost of living spend is on rent, followed by entertainment and eating out / drinks. I was quite surprised by the number of affordable lunch options around the office, so that was good. Socialising was amazing albeit a bit pricey, because we are in the middle of London and there are many places to go to.
Nightlife around the office is more of bars, and pubs. Also around the area are activities like Slightly further (but still walking distance) are nice food places, especially big markets for street food and drinks that make for nice atmospheric after work evenings. A few tube rides away and there are other Nightlife options like clubs.
Most activities outside of work were socials, so there were plenty of these. Unfortunately, as an intern we are here for too short of a time to be involved in extra curricular activities such as sports and hobby related events. I am aware of these activities happening in the organisation though.