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I was given a very challenging brief so the overall experience felt like a bit of a struggle, but the end result was successful and I believe helped contribute towards the company in a concrete way.
Overall everyone was very welcoming, helpful, and supportive. Many people were happy to give up their time for me despite being very busy.
I was given excellent, friendly support by my line manager throughout my internship, regularly making sure that I was okay and that I was getting the help I needed to carry out my project.
As I was running the project on my own, it was easy to feel a bit isolated without having someone else to work with and bounce around ideas. Sometimes days would alternate between having a huge amount to do, or not having enough to get on with.
I ran the project on my own, but worked closely with the CEO and the heads of Marketing in order to head in the right direction. I had to get help from as many people as possible in order to learn as much as I could about the company and the direction in which everyone felt I should take the project.
I developed my skills of self-motivation, organisation, presentation, research, creativity, group-work and working alone. I also gave multiple presentations to the CEO and heads of the company. I feel that these are invaluable skills which will assist me in my studies and beyond.
The atmosphere in the office was often lighthearted, fun, and there was a genuine community-feel. It was also evident that everybody had a real desire to work hard and to the best of their ability.
The internship was well organised; the first few weeks were carefully structured for me, and the rest was left up to me to take the project in the direction I wanted. However, the project itself ended up becoming a lot more ambiguous and controversial than anticipated. The heads of Marketing and CEO weren't entirely sure themselves what they wanted, and a lot of the people I talked to had conflicting opinions about where I should take the project.
My work placement didn't require any training, but I know that technical interns where given training and support.
Sports and Social Club
A future job with the company would not be unappealing, but I'm not sure if it's the direction I want to head in.
There was a great social scene among both my fellow interns and colleagues.
Cambridge is fairly expensive and can go up to London prices.
The abundance of fantastic pubs, bars, and restaurants makes up for the lack of clubs.
There were loads of social and sports activities that you could get involved with through the company.
Internship (1-4 Months)
East of England
15th November 2012