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The placement was simply amazing. What started off as mainly support work ended up as integral development work for a major project. It was an exciting experience to work for such an iconic corporation that won't be forgotten.
Although you're classed as an intern you definitely don't feel like one. My team members and others around me valued my opinion and trusted me to deal with difficult tasks.
My team and manager were always open to questions - I never felt intimidated to ask for help.
The first quarter of my placement mainly consisted of support work thus my workload fluctuated from very little to high. However the remainder of the year brought a steady work-load due to the additional project work.
I was responsible for managing/developing a handful of systems within Disney EMEA - Some of my work affected a wide scope and was generally completed alone.
I was exposed to real project development that of which expanded my object-oriented programming skillset. This in combination with the interpersonal/management skills I gained will greatly benefit me in my future studies.
My department/team usually had a full work-load, however, kept a good-humoured but focused mindset.
The first few weeks of the placement was a hand-over period between me and the previous intern. I was shown the basics of my role and introduced to a few key systems. After this period help was given when required but you needed to have a pro-active inclination by taking the time to explore/familiarize oneself with the role on your own.
Some training videos were provided at the very beginning and later into the year I was supplied with some tutorials related to my work. My manager also took the time to have a few hands-on tutoring sessions.
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
The company offers a variety of roles, many in IT that directly appeal to me. However, it's not just the role that seems appealing but more the company and the benefits that come with it, and from what I've seen, plenty of interns have come back in graduate positions.
Yes, there were regular events and activities specifically for interns.
London obviously had steep prices in terms of living costs but offered a variety of affordable places to socialise/dine.
There wasn't a great number of pub and bars but Hammersmith is a tube journey away from Central London.
Yes, there was a great amount of out-of-work activities.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
21st April 2015