I really enjoyed my internship and was sad to leave when it came to an end. I had a good amount of work and responsibility and I felt that I could ask for advice or help when I needed. It was the perfect internship for me.
I felt like part of the team from week one.
I sat opposite my manager and was surrounded by team members who were always willing to help.
I had daily tasks/ routine tasks with a few project tasks ongoing. I was never busy as such but also never sat doing nothing. I had to ask for work when I had a gap but work was always given to me.
From very early on I was answering emails and calls. When I was doing more detailed and accurate work it was checked which made me feel more comfortable with the responsibility I had.
My degree is not directly linked to my internship field but none the less I learnt many invaluable skills which I will use in my future careers. If I wanted to explore any other areas of the company or department this was facilitated, so there was lots of opportunity to develop.
As I was based in Head Office there was lots of people about, which I enjoyed. During my internship there was a summer office party which was a great chance to meet people in different teams. My team itself is really close and lots of fun which was perfect for me.
There was no rigid structure for my internship which I thought was good as it meant there was flexibility with what I wanted to do and what I could complete in the time I was there. The interns had an introduction day at the start on the internship, which was really useful to get a good picture of what to expect in the weeks to come.
My team were willing to spend their time with me and they were keen to help me however they could. During my time I spent a week at a branch, spent time with the finance team and went on a HR branch visit, which was supported by my manager and team.
There is no graduate scheme or programme, but they are to recruit younger people for succession and they have kept on some of the interns part time. You have to wait for a suitable role to come up as they cannot create roles. If the right role came up I would apply without hesitation.
I was lucky to be in Birmingham centre so I had a few interns living and working near by. Most lunch times I would meet them for lunch and occasionally we went for a drink after work. In my team we went out a few times and had a bbq one weekend. Which was great to be included in.
I lived in my student house over the duration of my internship so there was no added cost to being at University. I spent extra money as I would've been living at home if I had not done an internship over summer, but this was something I was aware of when accepting. Birmingham is what you expect from a major city.
Team socialising outside of work hours.
Internship (1-4 Months)
17th September 2019