I had an amazing time. It was slightly different seeing as the internship was done remotely due to COVID but it was still enjoyable. The team switched between projects so I never got bored doing one thing for too long.
I felt valued by the other members in my team. I had the opportunity to work alongside my colleagues on the same products as they were that, unlike other placements I had looked at where you are given a side project for 10 weeks that is ultimately abandoned once you leave. I was also encouraged to review others peoples code and also had the chance to provide an on-boarding session for a piece of software I was using.
I had an manager that was in the same team as me and was working on the same products that I was. In the first week we had a catch-up at the end of each day to see how I was settling in. After that had a meeting every 2-3 weeks. We reviewed what I had done since the past meeting and actions were set for me to try to achieve before the next meeting. If I had any questions about the internship I could ask my manager, the support and guidance was great.
In terms of meetings, some days I had none apart from morning stand-up, others I had meetings for most of the day, with a few half hour breaks, though these were not common. I would be given a section of a product to work one, and I would work on that myself or pairing with others for most of the day. Was allowed an hour for lunch, could take it whenever I wanted. I was also never expected to work more than 8 hours a day, if I hadn't finished something it could just be finished the next day.
I believe I was given a reasonable amount of responsibility. Throughout the internship I felt that I was given more responsiblity.
The skills I learned built on what I had been studying on in my degree and will undoubtedly be useful for my future.
I completed the internship remotely due to COVID so it was a bit different. Team meetings were always very casual. As a team we would play an online game for half hour or so each afternoon.
Extremely organised, everything from the interview process to all the way through to the end of the internship. The introduction to the company was very organised, with various presentations by each of the different departments to give us an idea of what they were about.
The company invested in me a great deal, getting me up to speed with all their practices and ensuring I had a comfortable environment to work from at home with all the correct equipment.
Working from home
Great, I was invited back the next year for a repeat internship if I wanted.
Due to COVID I didn't get to know the other interns as well as I thought I would if it were in the office, the extent of the "social scene" was a group chat.
Due to COVID I worked remotely from home the entire time. No commute so very cheap!
COVID - non-existent night life
Again COVID so was difficult, but my team organised a fantastic day-out entirely subsidized by the company. Was great to get to know everyone a bit better and I had a fantastic time.
Internship (1-4 Months)
Computer and Systems Engineering
16th September 2020