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The work was quite enjoyable, but I was left to my own devices for weeks at a time meaning I didn't always have anyone to ask for help.
Everyone was really nice, and they seemed quite interested in what I had been doing.
My supervisor was on holiday for a few weeks, and was ill after that meaning other people had to try and fill in to help me. No instructions were left for what I should do so I didn't know what I was doing for the first 2/3 weeks of my placement
I was as busy as I wanted to be; I was given a project to work on so I managed my own time, I wasn't pestered for work and I always had something to do, so I wasn't overworked or bored.
I wasn't doing anything to do with the day to day running of the office, but I was entirely responsible for producing good results from my project.
I was able to develop my programming skills much more, and I learnt a fair amount about different databases and code repositories.
Everyone was really friendly, and the whole team deserted the office to all go to lunch together everyday.
I really didn't have anything to do for the first 2/3 weeks, and there was a bit of trouble getting the correct computer for my work, which I think should've been organised before I arrived.
I did learn some new things but I would've liked to learn another programming language. I know of other people on other placements who were given alot of tutoring.
Sports and Social Club
I didn't mind the work but I found that sitting at a desk all day wasn't really my thing. If I was more interested in what I was doing I would rate them slightly higher, but I did find my team to be quite disorganised, and I prefer a more rigid plan of what I want to achieve.
There were lots of summer placement students all living in the same flats, and they organised days out and parties. There was a sports day with teams from around the office and summer student teams. There were also lots of clubs to join including ultimate frisbee; they held socials every month quite similar to a university club.
I commuted everyday as I live an hour away so I don't know how expensive the area is
As I was commuting I didn't have the opportunity to visit the pubs and clubs
There are lots of sports societies to get involved in; there's a running club that take advantage of the surrounding countryside every lunchtime. There are also non-sporting clubs such as the office band. Aside from this, there is a good summer placement group every year that want to socialise
Internship (1-4 Months)
Computer Science, Mathematics/Statistics, Science/Research