There were a lot of administrative tasks, like maintaining client coverage cuttings, keeping things organized, going through backed up files and updating them, answering the phone, running errands and the like. There was also a lot of research - on competitors, on clients, on client competitors, on new markets and events - and that was always a lot of fun. There was also the social media side, where you would update twitter feeds for clients, etc.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The program had a ton of great socials, panels, and activities, and the company they placed me in was fun and stimulating.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
It was sad to see everyone from the program go, we had spent so much time together, and when it came time for me to leave my company, they threw me a goodbye party with cakes, wine, and a thank you card (plus a gift card to TopShop!)
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The people running the program were great, they knew what they were doing and were always on hand to offer support and guidance if needed - they had a ton of great panels and sessions where you could go to them for specific help too, like CV revisions. The folks at my company were great too, and were always available to talk to whenever I had a question.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
There was always plenty of events from the program going on, but on a daily basis at work it could feel a little boring at times.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
At the company I worked with, I was an intern of three during a not-particularly-busy time, so we were often given more clerical or administrative tasks, but I did lead some important research projects, which felt great.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills I built working for my company are a solid foundation I'll be building the rest of my post-graduate experience on.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
We had one colleague in the office who disliked music at work, and at times it could feel stuffy or sleepy, but sometimes we would turn on the music (just a little bit), take a break in the kitchen, or just chat with each other about the weekend.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was organized very well! The program notified me of my placement with my company, I agreed, and I was living in London, working for my company, all very smoothly. There were a few bumps, like living location and transportation, which reflected more on the 2012 Olympics than on the program.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
As an intern, my company was meant to set aside time every week for training in its industry. Unfortunately, that never really happened in a meaningful way. I did, however, get a ton of personal training and development on a day-to-day basis.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I genuinely do not know what my employment prospects might be, particularly because I am an overseas student and must finish my education and will probably stay and work in the States, but if I had to guess, I would imagine that they are optimistic. I know many of those currently working at my company were previously interns.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The program was full of great and interesting people to hang out with, and if you lived in the housing offered, as I did as an international student, there was always something to do - a movie to watch, a club to go to, etc. The people at my company were great fun too, and I regret not hanging out with my colleagues more often.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It was London, so it could be quite pricey - a few times, a couple of friends and I would head to Knightsbridge or Chelsea, and that could really hit you in the wallet, but if you knew you needed to save money, that was very much possible - all it took was some careful planning.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There were lots of pubs in my area, so great for casual drinking and hanging out, and we were so close to Camden, Leicester Square, etc., that there were always clubs to go to at an easy distance.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were always a bunch of planned activities and events available to us, every week!