Product Development Intern at Airbus

Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Bristol South West
Review Date
Salary
£16,000 - £17,999
Roles
Aeronautical Engineering

8.3/10

The Role
8.3
Organisation
8.4

Socialising

8.2

The Role

Role Description

I worked in the Continuous Product Development (CPD) department for all Single Aisle Aircraft. I was responsible for design and project management related aspects of modifications to these aircraft. I had daily meetings with designers and chief engineers to coordinate these changes. This involved creating and presenting reports to a panel of senior business department heads every week.

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

I found my year placement at Airbus very enjoyable overall. It was, as I can imagine is the case with all placements, a bit strange to go from Uni into a professional working environment but I would definitely recommend the internship to other students keen to get real industrial experience.

9/10

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

I felt very valued by the people I worked with. They were very willing to give me as much work and support as I felt able to cope with.

8/10

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

I was given as much support and guidance as I required. Airbus were very willing to accommodate any requests I made while I worked for them.

9/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Work loads varied from day to day but on average I was kept busy with work that I felt helped make a difference to the department and business as a whole. I found that the amount of work I was given was very much down to how proactive I was in finding/completing it.

7/10

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

The particular department I worked in allowed me to take on a reasonable amount of responsibility. This was very much down to the degree of proactivity I took in tackling various tasks I had. I found that the more work I sought out myself, the more I was able to take on tasks that had real impact and carried proper responsibility. This was a good thing about the placement with Airbus as it pushed me to work hard during less busy periods.

8/10

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

The experiences and training I received at Airbus helped more to develop my transferable/life skills (rather than those gained through academia) such as public speaking, working with team members and day to day problem solving.

9/10

The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Fun, upbeat and friendly atmosphere in your office

8/10

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

Airbus have a good, well structured internship programme on the whole.

8/10

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

Airbus was very keen to accommodate requests for training/development. Very rarely was it the case that I was unable to take part in something/training due to the length of my placement. Often I felt like Airbus were investing in me so that I would consider coming back.

9/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
9/10

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

Future employment is a very viable prospect having worked in this internship. I have been invited to a 'speeded-up' interview process due to the good work that I did during my placement.

8/10

Social

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

There is a strong intern base at Airbus, especially at Filton in Bristol where I worked. It is easy to make friends and partake in intern related events.

9/10

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

Bristol is a fantastic city that caters for students brilliantly. There ample cheap student and plush professional establishments in and around the centre.

7/10

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

Bristol has one of the best nightlife of any place outside London - you can't go wrong with a trip out to the centre.

8/10

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

Yes. I was involved in a 5-a-side football league just down the road every Wednesday.

9/10