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For me completing an internship at Siemens has been both challenging and rewarding. It has given me the opportunity to grow confidence and work on my professional skills. I was given great responsibility and was able to work on projects that really made a difference in the wider business.
The star rating says it all....my colleagues really do feel like family! I was welcomed into the office with open arms and welcomed to help in any projects my colleagues had going on, as well as approaching me if they had any issues.
My manager was unfortunately not based in my office. This had its benefits and drawbacks- I had the freedom and responsibility of working independently on my own projects- but it also meant waiting for my manager to get back to any of my questions when she could do so. Anything that I started working on I had great instructions, and my manager would always call me back if she ever missed any of my calls.
My daily workload really depended on what projects I was working on at that time. Some days would mean me coming into work early and staying late- and some were extremely quiet.
I was given more responsibility than I ever expected. In my first month I was required to travel to various depots in the country and interview managers, then come back and present to high directors of the business. I also worked on projects for the CEO of my business, and worked with the wider and external businesses on much broader topics such as diversity.
I can genuinely say that accepting an internship at Siemens has been the best career move that I ever could have made. I have grown not only as a business professional but also as a person. The real life skills I have learnt will no doubt help me no end at uni, and I look forward to returning to Siemens in the future.
My office is relatively small but there is always a good atmosphere. People regularly communicate and it is not just silent people at their desks. Everyone makes an effort to occasionally bring in treats on their birthdays, and the general atmosphere was something that I really enjoyed being a part of. The people that I shared a desk with became not only great colleagues but also friends.
I was the first ever intern that Siemens Rail Systems took on. As a result of this; my entire year was not officially planned out; my manager just delegated projects to me that she thought would assist in my development as well as what would interest me. For me this worked very well, but I can understand that having a 12 month plan may have at times been easier.
I have been fortunate enough to attend various training courses including effective interviewing and sickness and absence management. I was also encouraged to attend various CSR days which also enriched my development.
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
I have been confirmed a place on the grad scheme for September 2016.
As before mentioned, I was the only intern in my business so there was no social scene to be had. Saying that, the people in my office occasionally went out socially. When myself and the other interns met from the wider Siemens business, we all had a great time.
I lived in the area anyway so the cost is what I was already used to.
I don't really go out that often but the general night life in Northampton is quite good.
Apart from the occasional social dinner/drinks, there was not really much outside social activity. Saying that, anything that was happening I was always offered an invitation.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
19th May 2015