Entrepreneurial Programmes Intern at Cancer Research UK

Placement (5-9 Months)
Review Date
Market Research


The Role
The Company
The Culture

The Role

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

I really enjoyed my six month internship at Cancer Research. It was my first job, since graduating from university. I believe it is an excellent organisation to start and build a really strong career and an organisation that I am really proud to have worked for.
5 /5

2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

I felt really valued my colleagues. From receiving the job offer to starting the role, everyone was really welcoming and friendly. Coming from a management background, It was great to be working with people from different disciplines whom had various perspectives that I was able to learn from.
5 /5

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

The support that I received during my internship was faultless. I felt as though my manager gave me the perfect amount of guidance, whilst allowing me enough independence to get on with my own tasks.
5 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I was eased into the job at first. However, after a few weeks the number and variety of tasks really picked up.
5 /5

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

I was given a lot of responsibility throughout my time. I worked on a number of small tasks, alongside a large evaluation project. I also put myself forward for additional tasks, such as been part of the marketing working group.
5 /5

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I was able to further enhance my research/analytical skills, interpersonal and problem-solving skills whilst at Cancer Research UK. I was able to put into practice the skills that I had developed whilst at university and had learnt from previous work experiences. My internship/placement at Cancer Research UK was post university, however the skills that I have learnt will stand me in good stead in a future career.
5 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The office environment was really relaxed and informal, especially compared to previous corporations that I had worked in. The office was really spacious, and the seating was set-up in a way that you could sit with different people each day.
5 /5

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

I felt as though the internship was organised really well. I constantly had tasks to be getting on with and the main project that I worked on had clear objectives and outcomes.
5 /5

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

I would not say that I received any particular formal training from Cancer Research UK. However, I was provided with a lot of support and guidance for the projects that I worked on. I felt as though, not having the formalised training, pushed me to grow and become more confident in my ability to complete challenging tasks.
3 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
3 /5

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

My internship was interrupted by unanticipated external circumstances (Covid-19). I would of loved to have secured a permanent role at Cancer Research following successful completion of my intern. However, Covid-19 impacted my ability to do so.
4 /5

The Culture

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

There was a great social scene whilst I was in the office at Cancer Research UK. Despite this being cut short, the time that I spent with the other interns was extremely fulfilling. Everyone was really relatable, intelligent and supportive to one another.
5 /5

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

The cost of living was expensive for myself as I chose to move into expensive living quarters.
3 /5

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

I don't know
2 /5

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

I am unsure.
3 /5