Assisting with publicity activities, such as press junkets and premieres, throughout Europe.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my placement year and the experience I have gained is invaluable. My role has allowed me to experience first hand a huge variety of publicity activities, and I feel like I was trained to be able to co-ordinate all of these activities. I was given a huge amount of responsibility, and was treated as an important part of the team, I was organising and coordinating my own prop tours towards the beginning of my placement year, and by the end of the year I had successfully run and organised my own UK based press junket and premiere.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I am sure the other interns in my department would agree with my sentiments that we were all valued members of the team. We were encouraged to give our opinions on the marketing of up-coming releases in department meetings and it always felt as those there were appreciated. My line managers made me and my work feel valued at all times, I never felt like 'just an intern'. On the wider spectrum I was also able to build valuable relationships with our colleagues from around Europe.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given a huge variety and support and guidance from my line managers, they were always available should I have any questions, and no question/ issue seemed unimportant to them.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was regular busy at work, most of the time this was a steady stream of tasks. When approaching a big UK junket the work load can get much heavier, but this is not something I begrudged as I felt like I had an important role to play in the organising of these events. Additionally, the work was all incredibly interesting to me so I was more than happy to assist with any extra work load.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a wide range of responsibility during my placement, from helping to organise costume and prop tours, to coordinating UK press junkets. In addition to this the responsibilities where all given to me at the right time, I never felt like I was thrown in at the deep end, and vise versa that I wasn't given enough. The role for me had just the right balance of responsibility and progression.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
As mentioned before the skills I have gained from this placement year are invaluable. I would now be more than confident to interview for another role in this field with the knowledge I have gained. The skills are all transferable and very thorough.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
My department as a whole were all incredibly friendly when we joined, and the interns were made to feel as though they were part of the department straight away. The department would often have big team meetings and we would all celebrate people's birthdays together. As a team I could not have asked for a better group of colleagues.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The new interns are trained by the old interns for a week when they first start their placement. They are then left with an extensive folder of notes on all areas of the role to flick back through if ever they need a reminder. The work placement felt extremely organised and I was able to know where I was heading in the role from the very beginning.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
HR put on regular training sessions for all the interns and we were also given the option to enroll in optional courses on topics such as excel, presenting yourself etc.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
Healthcare from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Unfortunately Warner Bros. does not offer a graduate scheme, but you do not you will be one of the first considered should a position become available you are interesting in. Warner Bros. is connected to many different agencies so there is also the possibility of gaining work with a company who works closely with Warner Bros.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was a good social scene among the interns, we would often organise group nights out.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived at home so my cost of living was just my train fare, which the company gave to me upfront as a loan, which was rather expensive due to the area I lived in at home. The socialising around Holborn is fairly expensive, but not crazy 'London prices' so it wasn't too bad!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The night life in London is amazing, there is such a variety to do. The only down side to going out in London is that it can all add up to quite a lot very quickly.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
A lot of the male interns took part in a Warner Bros. football team.