Working within the Strategy & Initiatives team within NCRI, I maintained a general oversight of cancer research related topics. I scope for potential opportunities to form partnerships and develop project plans to address any gaps in cancer research and accelerate current research.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my internship as it was my first job within the sector that I am truly passionate about and want to pursue a career in. Particularly, I was able to directly apply knowledge and aspects of my undergraduate degree to my role within CRUK. I enjoyed working working under the CRUK internship programme because of the amount of workshops and opportunities there are available for self development.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued by my colleagues, however I was only working in a small team in small sub-section of the company and so was only assigned work and tasks by one person. I felt values by this person, but was difficult to feel valued from the whole company as I did not have that much direct contact with them.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The support was great. I had weekly 1:1s with my line manager where he would check up on how I am doing on tasks, or just spend the time talking through new projects with me (even if I had no involvement in them) to give me a good idea of the breadth of the company and the work we do. The HR team involved with early talent recruitment were also great, extremely helpful and always willing to help out. The HR team dedicate a lot of their time to the intern cohort and it made my experience a lot better.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Due to the nature of the charity sector and the kind of projects I was working on, the work was fairly slow-paced with few deadlines or tight timescales. Instead there were a lot of meetings and talking through partnerships, with little actions to come out of them. Of course, I understand an Intern is not going to be the busiest person in the world as we are only there for 3 months and is difficult to get your teeth sunk into a big project.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a handful of tasks at the beginning of the internship that saw me through the whole 3 months. The work was always in conjunction with my line manager, however I developed a report summary and info-graphic independently that my line manager signed off.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Having graduated (with an industrial placement year) and now having completed a 3-month internship on my CV, I feel as though I am in a fantastic position applying to graduate schemes as I have experience in 2 different sectors, 2 different roles and 2 different companies. With all the soft skills I gained through these experiences, combined with the training and self-development workshops at CRUK, I feel confident writing cover letters, updating my CV, attending interviews and assessment days as well as starting a new role knowing I am equipped with the skills to succeed.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was a great informal but hard working environment. We did 'hot-desks' meaning everyone sat in a new place every morning. I enjoyed this as it was a change of scenery and also meant you got to sit next to and get to know everyone in the team. It was also great fun when there was fundraising events in the office (which was a lot in SU2C week!).
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The structure of the internship and the different workshops and opportunities available was fantastic. It is clear that CRUK have been doing the internship programme for a long time and are constantly changing and reviewing it based on the interns feedback.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company are massive on self-development and aim to try and encourage the interns to apply for permanent roles in the company after the programme has finished. This was my favourite aspect of the internship as they really invest in you as an individual.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing, particularly the graduate scheme.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, more so amongst the intern cohort. When the whole company went away for a big conference we had a great weekend, however it is not often that we meet for work drinks.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The pricing of food within the office was fantastic, affordable (and delicious!) hot lunches and £1 coffees at the shop next door.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I did not go out in the area I worked, only for a few drinks after work.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?