intern in the ISB UK team, working on business strategy and performance.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed this internship, the support we received was excellent and the work I was doing was insightful and always kept me busy. The positive, relaxed atmosphere in the office made the internship even more welcoming and enjoyable.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt as though my opinions and views were respected by my colleagues, and that they viewed me as a part of their team rather than just as an intern who was only there foe the summer.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given regular EBI feedback by my manager and supervisor which was very constructive and insightful; however I had to ask for feedback and wasn't given to me without my own input.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Bar the odd week, I was busy with plenty to do for the majority of the internship. This level of work was manageable and was never too much that I had to work extra hours in the morning or evening, overall I thought it was the perfect amount.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a greater level of responsibility than I expected, but this was definitely a positive thing. I was left in control of my work and was allowed to find other pieces of work or attend any events I was interested in out of choice, which certainly helped me learn more about the role.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I developed my organisational skills on this internship, which I will utilise when managing my time for ongoing assignments and during exam season. Additionally, the internship has helped develop my confidence and presentation skills, which will be very beneficial when presenting my 3rd year research project next year.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
An incredibly pleasant surprise - the atmosphere was welcoming, relaxing and friendly, which really helped me to settle in during the first few weeks.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Very well organised - there was a clear structure and plan to the internship, with all events organised with clear learning incentives and objectives in mind.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
We had extensive e-learnings as trainings, plus a global induction day and intern development day. These resources and events clearly had significant investment put into them by HSBC, which made them effective ways to learn and develop ourselves.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Incredibly appealing. We've been given lots of information about future employment opportunities such as the graduate scheme and international managers scheme, and these seem like very exciting opportunities which we can pursue.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
One of the highlights of the internship scheme was how social the intern scene was - we regularly met up for lunch, met after work and had organised socials which everyone loved getting involved in.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived in student accommodation which was relatively cheap considering how close it was to the city centre, and the price of socialising in the area was reasonable and the kind of price I came to expect.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife was excellent in the area of Birmingham I was in, me and my fellow interns regularly explored the nightlife scene in the area.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There was a CSR charity day outside of work which was one of my favourite days on the internship.