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Technically difficult work, but very interesting and rewarding and a steep learning curve, with a great social atmosphere.
I wasn't made to feel like I was "just an intern", the atmosphere was very sociable and I was treated as an equal team member.
Support was always there when I needed it and asked for it, but wasn't too overbearing in the sense that if I was doing a task which didn't need guidance, I could just do my own thing.
I always had work to do, never searching for small tasks to fill out my time, but I very rarely felt any stress or time pressure to finish any aspects of my work.
I was working on my own end-to-end product, so there was little interaction with other development teams, whereas some other interns were working together with other staff, however I do not believe this gave me any less responsibility, as I was pretty much in charge of developing my own product from start to finish, which was great.
The skills I learnt at Metaswitch will definitely help me in my studies and beyond, from teamworking to consistently sticking to coding standards, as well as the base knowledge of computing I've built up. I can see it all coming in very handy in the future
Full time staff tended to work through lunch, so limited social interaction during the day, but with frequent social activities and weekly lunch time sports, it definitely didn't feel like an "all work no play" atmosphere.
Very well organised, with accommodation and transport arranged and a great structure of reviews and status updates to get interns into the swing of things.
The company held an effective communications session for all interns
Metaswitch is far more appealing to me now having worked here
A few of the interns stayed together in a company flat, and all the interns got together a few times for various occasions. There was also an interns social event put on by the company.
The cost of living in Edinburgh is generally quite high, but the company subsidized out accommodation, which helped a lot.
Living in Edinburgh during the Fringe Festival, there was ALWAYS something to do!
Team sports at lunch times was about it in Edinburgh, but there was more on offer in the Enfield office
Internship (1-4 Months)
26th August 2014