I really enjoyed the internship, it is a great company to work for. The work was varied and you could shape opportunities and role based on interest. In making the role your own you had a lot more responsibilities to take action and drive projects. The placement organisation also made it enjoyable as they actively encouraged your growth. There are also lots of opportunities to get involved in outside of your job role such as volunteer activities, and other site activities that making working more enjoyable.
Your never treated like you are just an intern and always treated like a valuable member of the team as your work is important and needed to support the team. Thoughts and ideas are encouraged and even if someone disagrees, you feel empowered to share your opinion. The work you do is always recognized and appreciated by the teams your working with - going the extra mile won't be forgotten. It was nice to be given responsibility and EMEA wide projects to boost confidence.
I had regular meetings with my manager and my on the job coaches where i received support and guidance. Members of your team and others in the business also make themselves readily available to offer support and if you make any mistakes they are the first to help you fix them. Colleagues are approachable, and make you feel comfortable to seek support. The business itself has a range of training opportunities and systems that make finding support easy, such as buddy systems to match you to someone in the business who will offer support.
I always found myself very busy and sometimes rather stressed in my role but this was not necessarily encouraged by the business. There are a lot of ways to get involved at Intel and it can be easy to say yes to everything especially if you are the type of person that enjoys being busy. It can also be hard to say no sometimes as an intern as you don't want to let your team down or damage your hiring back opportunities. However, taking regular breaks and not over-working is readily encouraged, it is therefore your responsibility to ensure you are doing this.
The amount of responsibility you are given is one of the best elements of this placement in my opinion. You are empowered to take responsibility over projects and tasks which overall help excel your development and improve your skills. Although you are given a lot of responsibility you are also given the support to achieve and be successful in your activities. This makes for a great balance, and does not put you under uncomfortable pressure. I managed multiple EMEA-wide projects which was so rewarding
I feel the skills I've developed this year will help support much of my degree and future career. As you have the ability to slightly shape your placement year, I was able to position my role to fit in with the modules I am due to take in final year. Furthermore, if there are any specific skills that you would like to acquire that you can fit within your scope than this is also actively encouraged.
When we were in the office it was a very relaxed and sociable atmosphere. You have the opportunity to work from your desk or other areas of the building depending on what suits you best. The organisation would also host events in the building for all employees which would be great opportunities to meet others around the business. Even after we have switched to working from home the same atmosphere is pursued on virtual meetings.
The internship process is overall pretty well organised and you can tell they have been taking on interns for a number of years. You always had lots of resources available if you needed help with anything. Roles were also clear and you understood the roles of other interns which made it easier to work together. Intern processes throughout the year were also really straightforward. This is especially helped by the handover period from previous interns.
Intel invest heavily in the intern community. The training period is at least 4 weeks long. During this handover period each intern gets individual role training and also multiple tool trainings and lots of Excel training. There is also the chance to learn extra through the career network development at work. For example I signed up to commercial awareness and innovation training where we had seminars taken by managers and were trained alongside full-time colleagues.
Sports and Social Club
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
Intel hires back primarily into the Business Management Group which is mainly Bis Ops which, when you have specifically applied for and expressed an interest in Sales, is not ideal. The hiring back process is very restrictive and in this way Intel often misses out on the best talent.
There is an unmatched intern community at Intel in which there are so many opportunities throughout the year to get involved and socialise. We would have regular events (many boozy) as an intern community which helped to really bond the community
£425 plus bills a month for a nice house Happy hours and cheap nightclubs mean nights out are pretty cheap
A night out is what you make of it.. if you live in Swindon and have many friends living with you then wherever you go with music and alcohol will be a blast. The nightclubs aren't the greatest in the world but if you are getting £1 VKs and £1 jagerbombs..does it matter?
Loads of volunteering opportunities and sports and social activities organised
Placement Year (10 Months+)
4th August 2020