Government Engagement Intern

by Visa


  • Skills
  • Responsibilities
  • Support & Guidance
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions


  • 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis.
  • On a day-to-day basis, I assisted members of the team in analysing policy documents and consultations released by the government. I also prepared a number of briefings for senior leaders in the business for meetings with external stakeholders and industry groups. I attended team meetings and meetings with people from across the business to work on projects related to helping the company maintain its reputation with government stakeholders.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • I definitely improved my skills at reading and summarising complicated documents in short periods of time!

  • How would you rate the training provided during your experience?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate your development of industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate your development of personal / soft skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how these skills have helped you in your career development
  • 5/5


  • 3. Were you given much responsibility during your placement / internship?
  • I was impressed with the amount of responsibility I was given. I was able to take a substantial role on a number of important pieces of work which will (hopefully) have a long-lasting impact on the business.

  • Please rate how meaningful the work you were doing was
  • 4/5

    Support & Guidance

  • 4. How much support and guidance did you receive during your placement / internship?
  • The whole team really went out of their way to make me feel supported, even though I completed my entire internship virtually. My line manager was really helpful and invested in making sure I got the most out of my internship. I also had a buddy, although I didn't always manage to schedule time to catch up with her.

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from your line manager?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from the wider team?
  • 5/5


  • 5. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • The company culture was really welcoming. I really enjoyed getting involved with the LGBT staff network and being able to take part in projects as part of that group, even though I was only there for 11 weeks.

  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate the social opportunities?
  • 3/5

  • How would you rate the diversity initiatives?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate the charity, sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives?
  • 4/5

    Your Impressions

  • 6. To what extent did you enjoy your placement / internship?
  • I really enjoyed my internship! I found the work interesting and fulfilling, and I really enjoyed working with my team. Even though the entire internship was virtual I still felt as though I was a part of the company.

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on your placement / internship
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how your experience met your expectations
  • 5/5

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at Visa
  • 5/5

  • 7. Would you recommend Visa to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 8. What advice would you give to others applying to Visa
  • Be yourself in the application process! Even if you don't know much about the industry going in (I certainly didn't), take everything as an opportunity to learn and be curious. Make the most of Visa University in your first few weeks to get up to speed on payments, and definitely take the time to have a chat with everyone in your team.

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Internship (1-4 Months)

Banking/Finance, Politics

Central London and City

November 2021

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