GIS Intern at Illumina

Placement Year (10 Months+)
Great Chesterford East of England
Review Date
£14,000 - £15,999
Computer and Systems Engineering Information Technology

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The Role



The Role

Role Description

Assisting GIS Infrastructure and GIS Service Desk with tasks. Racking servers, managing backups.

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

When I started I didn't think I'd enjoy, however now I only have a few weeks left I am not looking forward to leaving.


2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

GIS at Illumina are a really close team, everyday there is something new to laugh about.


3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

My on site manager has supported me whenever I have an issue. My manager in the US has provided any advice I need via email or telephone.


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

There are some quiet days and some busy days, but if I'm bored I can always find work to do.


5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

I was left to manage the backups, but given support whenever I needed. I also had plenty of projects to manage.


6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I have gained an understanding of systems that I didn't know existed but that are used in lots of companies.


The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

When it's busy or something has gone down then the office is very work focused, however there is always time for a laugh and even the odd pub lunch.


8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

Illumina have previous experience of placement students and well set up to deal with them.


9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

I have had a lot of the training full time employees get, learning about things outside of IT.


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

There has been talk of possible future jobs within Illumina in different rolls.



12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

Illumina has a social committee that organise events throughout the year. Plus the agency through with placement students are employed organises regular outings to cinema, meals out, etc.


13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

Socialising was easy, Cambridge is only 10 minutes away and London less than an hour. However the cost of living can be expensive depending on the choice of location


14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

The area Illumina is based in is the middle of the countryside, but Cambridge is 10 minutes away.


15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

If you look around there are opportunities, but they aren't always obvious or easy to find.