1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Overall the placement was very enjoyable. The responsibilities of being a full time worker & the freedom to work on additional projects outside of the job role were noteworthy parts of the 13-month placement.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued by my colleagues. This was evident through project ownership and general feedback received.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I joined the organisation through a huge transition period. My department/team was the last to be reformed and this was still occurring 2-3 months into my placement. Throughout this period I didn't have much support/guidance from my direct manager but once our team was assigned a new manager I felt very well supported immediately. My manager is always happy to make time for me if I need to speak with him.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Very dependent on the time of year- at the beginning of the internship (late Summer), it was pretty quiet. This meant I could get to grips with the role and meet people without already being burdened with a lot of ongoing projects.
Further on into the internship there was always something I could be working on. Whether it was an official request from a team member or an optional project that I had volunteered for, there are very few moments where you can honestly say "I have nothing to do"!
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
As previously suggested, I was treated like a full time employee and had the responsibilities to match it. My role focuses on working heavily with customers and I was often given full control over small/medium sized projects once I'd proven to my team that I was capable.
As I also attend a lot of events, I was often left to my own devices when it came to presentations and/or speaking to customers. The support was there if I needed it, but I was confident enough to crack on with the work without often needing much support.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
In general, working at a company the size of Intel is always going to be a learning experience. Most of the skills I have picked up are technically minded and, whilst I do not plan on utilizing all of these skills in the distant future, it has undeniably been a fantastic opportunity to learn and develop myself.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I mostly work on my own in a lab. My direct team is scattered across Europe so there is very little face-to-face time. As a result, the general atmosphere in my direct working area is simply as fun as I make it.
The office decor is pretty grim, but the people in my department are either working hard or laughing, so it's a very good work/fun balance.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Aside from the first few months of transition, which happens in any organisation, the placement was very well set up. I knew exactly who to go to if I needed help with anything placement-related and we've been asked multiple times what we can to do make it more enjoyable for future interns.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I didn't request much formal training (sitting exams etc), but any ad-hoc requests like "Can you show me how this works?", were acted upon very quickly. My colleagues genuinely seem to care about my progress as an individual as long as I put in the effort.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
There are plenty of opportunities, but I think I will opt to work in a smaller organisation in the future.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Absolutely. There are ~45 interns on-site in Swindon. For the first few weeks there's plenty of opportunities to socialize and go on nights out together to break the ice.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Decent. We're paying £270/month for a really nice 4bed house not too far away from work. Drinks are OK, depends where you go. Plenty of cheaper options if you're inclined!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Depends what you want. Nightclub-wise, there's only a handful. I'd only suggest going to one- the rest are pretty sketchy.
Loads of bars/pubs if you prefer that scene though.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are plenty of work events arranged through the social committee. As always, depends what you're interested in.