Considering it was the first time I had ever done something like this virtually, I would say it was very much enjoyable. It was very well organised with lots of social aspects too as that is probably the biggest downside of a virtual internship is not having in person interaction with other people. There was plenty opportunity to get to know people virtually.
I very much felt valued, the whole culture of the organisation is very friendly and open. Everyone we spoke to and had Q&A's with etc were very welcoming and helpful if we had questions. Despite being new to the company and only working for 6 weeks, we were treated as if we were full-time employees which was great!
We were given a lot of guidance and support, if ever we had any queries it was made clear to email/drop a message and everyone was very willing to answer questions and help. Within our project groups as well, the project lead had individual catch up meetings with each of us which was great to get extra support and feedback.
They 100% will, the presentation skills and learnings from the learning activity sessions will definitely help with my last year at University - presentations aren't quite as daunting now! The career advice we have received has been great and I have three main things which I will take away from the internship into my future - be yourself, communicate with people and be open to different jobs.
I believe that it was very well structured. The project groups allowed us to get to know certain people better as well learn and develop our skills and knowledge. Having the meetings every week as one big group meant that we could find out what other groups were doing too which was interesting. The coffee roulettes were great for meeting different people.
It was great, everyone was excited to be working after a strange few months so enthusiasm was high. People were very friendly and it was great to learn about other people's journeys'. It was clear that a lot of effort, thought and hard work had gone into organising the internship to make it the best it could be given the circumstances and I truly believe it was!
We were given plenty of opportunity to develop our skills, knowledge, talk to different people in order to get the most out of the experience.
Speaking to different people within the organisation and their different roles really helped with this, I feel that I learnt a lot about the culture of the organisation as well as the vast opportunities to move around different areas of the company.
Very much so, and I think just about everyone we spoke to mentioned the culture in some way or another. It was clear that it is very important to the company and staff.
It is hard to know 100% went you haven't worked in an office as online is very different but it did give a good introduction and insight into different roles within the company and what they entail. I very much learnt that you might want to do X as a career by might end up doing something completely different so be open to different jobs and roles.
Absolutely, this was one the things that was emphasised most right from the start and echoed throughout the company.
Social event couldn't be done as was probably planned due to the circumstances but there was still plenty of opportunity to get to know other people doing the internship as well people within the company.
Charities I believe.
Yes, I would say that from what I have experienced, it is a great company to work for and they very much value their employees.
21st August 2020