This placement/year long internship was everything I had hoped it to be, I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I I've had amazing exposure across many different films and worked very closely with lots of different talent at some really cool publicity events and premieres! I finished uni a couple years ago so was taking this internship hoping that it might materialize into a permanent role either at the company or at one of the many agencies that they work with. I am happy to say that I have been offered a permanent role, so really I couldn't be happier that I tool this job.
I had great exposure across two teams, both managers have taken the time to train me really well and have given me lots of responsibility. I have definitely not been treated like an intern which I have experienced in other internships/ work experience jobs. I feel very much part of the team and was invited and expected to attend all team events/socializing/meetings etc. They definitely appreciate all the work I have done in the last year and tell me so frequently.
I have two managers who supported me amazingly throughout. They made sure to create an environment where I could ask them anything so I always felt very supported. Both managers also have been very attentive to do regular check-ins with me every week and every month to see how I am coping, how I am progressing and what I can do better. They have also been extra supportive during the current pandemic, video calling me regularly.
Due to the nature of International Publicity which is what I have done my internship in I have been extremely busy on a daily basis. This is because we are juggling timezone around the world and things are often urgent! There has also been a lot of evening and weekend work however this is just part of the business and I have always been happy to volunteer my time to get the most experience possible.
My mangers have relied on me heavily and given me lots of autonomy and responsibility during my time, trusting me to work well in high pressure fast paced situations. Due to the nature of International Publicity both my managers have been travelling constantly throughout the year and are often on a different time zone, they trusted me to look after integral parts of the campaign whilst they were gone and also gave me plenty of my own projects to focus and lead on.
The skills I have learnt on this internship will prove integral for my career. The placement was actually an internship that lasted for a year and so I am not actually going back to uni. Instead, I am happy to say that I have secured a permanent role at the company and so it is clear that the skills that I learnt in the first 6 months of the placement were so beneficial as to make me a good enough candidate for a permanent role!
The office has a wonderful relaxed atmosphere that I find very productive. Within my team there is a lot of chatting and joking around which I love!
This role is very well organised, I was inducted very well for 2 weeks with the previous intern and then immediately was thrown onto lots of work. It's definitely the kind of environment where you have to hit the ground running but luckily I think I did so it worked out great. They company also organizes lots of events for the interns to help them network/socialize and make the most of all kinds of opportunities running competitions etc.
My team really worked to try and make me the best, most useful asset they could so that I would become a really valuable asset to the whole team. In turn this benefited me hugely as they invested so much in me they decided to make me permanent. I definitely feel that I was given a great handover from the previous person in my role plus my managers took the time to train me properly.
Working from home
It all depends on how each team is set up however there were multiple opportunities for different roles to apply to throughout the year and I was lucky enough that my mangers managed to promote me to make me permanent during my internship so I have managed to stay on. You also get great exposure to lots of agencies within the industry (I know many interns have been offered places at these agencies when their placement ended).
Yes. The company organised a lot of social events for us at the beginning and throughout the year. This really helped as there were lots of interns across different departments. On top of this there would always be a group going for work drinks during the week. One of the most helpful things was that at the beginning of the year a mass whatapp group was set up by the interns so any socialisng could be coordinated there.
Luckily I was able to live from home so I didn't have to worry about rent although as the office is in central London rent is very expensive. There are bars with good happy hours within the vacinity that the interns tend to frequent however central London prices at bars and pubs are expensive so I did spend a considerable amount on this during my placement. Kitchens are very well equipped so it is easy to bring lunch to work and save money that way.
Nightlife in London is great and as the office is very centrally located everything you could want is on your doorstep. There are plenty of bars, pubs and clubs that are all super close to the office and with the the closest station being Tottenham court road/Covent Garden/ Leicester Square it's super easy to jet over quickly to any part of London that you want to head to.
Yes my team is super sociable and I've definitely made some life long friends that I have met up with outside of work in the evenings and weekends. Also there have been opportunities to be invited to events throughout the year so I was able to take a friend and get a free ticket to Mamma Mia The Party which was great fun! Lots of my colleagues went to so we all had a great time together!
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Administration/Secretarial, Marketing, Public Relations
29th July 2020