Calculating rebates for retailers, and paying them accordingly.
Audit and payment of marketing activities for OEMs.
Training and support of OEMs and retailers
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my placement at Intel. Whilst the core job role left a lot to be desired, project opportunities both with other interns and with other departments made the internship very interesting.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I know that if an intern wasn't doing my job, Intel would need to hire a permanent member of staff to do my work. The level of responsibility you are given is very high, and colleagues and management highly value the contributions you make. If you do well, you will be thanked and recognized by your colleagues.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager is very supportive. You also have the opportunity to have buddies or mentors (from recent graduates to senior management). I can't fault the support network at Intel.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Workload varies through different times of the quarter, and depends on any additional projects you have. I opted in for a number of projects, which kept me very busy. The 'normal' job took around 75% of my time once I had settled in.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
A lot! If I wasn't in my role, Intel would need to hire a permanent member of staff to do my work. The amount of responsibility you are given may seem daunting at first, but with the training available and support network around you, it's very difficult to get things wrong.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have no doubt that my placement at Intel has given me the skills and confidence needed to secure a graduate position, either at Intel or elsewhere.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
My department was quite fun - lead by a manager that likes to keep the team well motivated. We had a swear jar, drawing competitions and monthly team dinners which helped contribute to the great atmosphere in the office.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship is well structured. With a month handover period at the start from the previous intern, you're trained on all of the necessary tasks immediately.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
We are always given opportunities to attend training - be them relevant to our job or for extended biz acumen. If you want to develop a certain area, all you need to do is ask, Your manager or mentor will do their best to assign you to a training; or challenge you by giving you a project to develop that skill.
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?
Very appealing - the graduate scheme is fairly competitive, as only the best of the best are offered graduate jobs. The placement is effectively a year-long job interview for the graduate positions, if you are keen to return. The graduate opportunities are very attractive at Intel, as progression within the company is very quick. I worked for a graduate role, and was fortunate enough to be offered a position. It saves a lot of stress during final year as now I won't have to apply elsewhere!
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The social scene is very good for interns. The month handover period between old and new interns has at least 2 events per week - including events such as a beach party, movie night, pub crawl and handover ball. There are intern clubs such as Charity and Sports and Social where interns regularly hold events throughout the year.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Compared to placements in larger cities such as London, living and social costs are very affordable. Rent and bar costs are around half of that which I pay at the university that I go to (in London). Although the base pay may not be the most competitive, I know I have more disposable income than my friends in placements in London.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There are plenty of pubs and bars in Swindon.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
The intern sports and social committee support football and netball every year, with the potential to have other sports and activities if there is enough interest. Interns are also allowed to participate in the sports clubs the permanent staff members run, with the opportunity to partake in Corp Games.