This placement at Schlumberger Cambridge Research was spectacular. Firstly the people here are very friendly and approachable, whenever you have a problem you can ask for help. The work done here is also very fulfilling with research affecting management decisions. However, the best thing is the sense of community within the interns and staff, there are plenty of opportunists for sports and social activities some are subsidised by the company as well.
Most of the time, you get recognition for your work and the people here genuinely care for your well-being both inside and outside the workplace. There are multiple safety trainings, and they even give away a bike helmet for free. There are multiple first-aiders and mental health officers as well for consultation anytime.
I've been given a lot of support by my manager on how to effectively work as a research scientist, giving me a very good mindset for future studies. Other than that, he also takes care of my general well being, and as a point of contact for any concern that I might have.
Since my work is mostly involving field samples and analysis, sometimes there are gaps during which there is minimal work to do. However, during sample season, there is plenty of things to do and things can get busy.
I felt like all my results were trusted no questions asked, really motivating me to do a good job in even the most casual experiment. All my results and samples I make/analyse were directly used to write research reports so I felt the responsibility.
Laboratory skills is a yes, I have improved in this area. I feel that I am also better and taking the initiative in proposing projects and analyzing the data to make conclusions. I also learnt a great deal on how to make a good presentations well.
Amazing, it was really peaceful when you need it but also fun during break times. The environment encourages a lot of interaction with other researchers on a daily basis, giving a lot of flow of ideas and innovation.
I felt that there is a lot of flexible structure involved with the placement. It was clear and well organised. Your manager would also make a personalized overview for you.
I've been trained a lot in things that could carry over in the future, especially in HSE and theings involving the lab. They also gave a general overview of many other skills such as IT as well.
Sports and Social Club
Working from home
Right now due to COVID and oil prices not so much sadly. But there are always opportunities as there are hires right now in the company
YES YES YES, this is the best part of my internship, the intern community is amazing, we gather to play cards or sports at lunch and there are also gaming nights and cake on a routine.
The lunch at the company is one of the best ever cafeteria's I've ever dined in, it is also subsidized! Living costs are not much in terms of rent as this is not London as well. Social activities are also great, as there are many student discounts and you can join Cambridge university societies as well.
I personal don't enjoy night life that much, but there are places to go to, especially if you mare a student alongside Cambridge University students.
Yea, there are events that happen quite often in site like symposium events and Intern day. There are also Christmas parties and loads meetups/pub nights.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
East of England
1st June 2020