1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
This summer internship has been one of the best experiences of my professional and personal life. I never thought that in only ten weeks it was possible to learn so much about the technology stack I used to build my project. I would highly recommend this internship to anyone looking to do a summer placement in technology.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was highly valued by my colleagues and treated as if I was a member of the team. At American Express it makes no difference whether you are talking to another intern, upper management, your placement leader, the graduates or anyone else in the building; you are always treated like an equal and everyone is always ready to listen, help and support each other.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My supervisor and the management at American Express gave continuous guidance and support throughout the internship. There was always somebody available to ask questions if you needed help and even if you didn't ask if anyone noticed you needed help they jumped at the opportunity to help you. It was the best corporate culture I have ever been involved with.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
My team and I started a completely new project and deployed it by the end of the internship and were responsible for every part of the development from choosing the technology stack to implementing and maintaining the project during our time at Amex. This meant that throughout the internship we were quite busy throughout the day and there were few moments where we were not focused and working hard. That being said, the work culture never made any of this stressful or difficult. We worked hard but the environment was such that it was a very enjoyable experience throughout.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a lot of responsibility during my placement, from choosing and designing the complete technology stack for my project to implementing it. I also had plenty of opportunities to even get involved in other projects outside of my own and felt like I was in the position to make valuable contributions with production level code in my project and beyond.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere in the office was always positive and supportive. There was never a time when there was not someone available to ask for help. Everybody at the office is friendly and the Amex corporate culture is friendly before anything else. People are generally not competitive and everyone always helps each other.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was very well organised and the project given to us was well defined and explained at the start of the internship. Then after when we started working we had continuous meetings with our placement leaders to evaluate our work and make sure we were on track. It could not have been better organised.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company greatly invested in personal training on all of the interns by providing a large selection of training courses and sessions as well as access to online learning platforms to continue exploring and learning even outside of the workplace. With regular presentations and meetings with senior members of American Express we also got the opportunity to learn about leadership.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The future employment prospects are good within the organisation and it is clear that there are plenty of opportunities to grow and develop as a software engineer and as a professional in the workplace. I have no doubt that American Express pushes its colleagues to continue to grow and learn professionally.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There is a very good social scene amongst the interns but also with the current graduates and full time members of the American Express team. Everyone is always supporting each other and there is never any shortage of people to ask for help. Outside of work there are plenty of social opportunities to get involved with as well.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living and socialising in Brighton is good. It is cheaper than living and working in London where I normally live and study. There are also plenty of places with student discounts and offers that make Brighton and Burgess Hill attractive places to live and work. No complaints here!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife was poor.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are many opportunities to vet involved with activities outside of work.