2018 Placement Scheme Opportunities

Intel Internships - Student Testimonials

Ben Cummings

Name of University: University of Reading

Title of Degree Course: Business Management

Job title at company: UK Marketing Specialist

How much responsibility do you have?

Considering I'm an intern, I have a surprising amount of responsibility. I'm trusted to work directly with our external customers and partners on our campaigns and projects. At times throughout the year, I was the only member of my team working on a project – and I really excelled with that freedom.

What advice would you give to students applying for your role?

Make sure you know Intel's business. The company have gone through some huge changes over the recent years, so make sure you’re up to date with their latest products, priorities, and the cool things we're working on. Being passionate about tech can definitely help, and will ensure you actually enjoy your time in the company.

What level of flexibility do you have in your role?

There's a huge level of flexibility within my role. It's up to me to find opportunities, to ask to get involved, and find exciting projects to get involved in. Everyone seemed willing enough to help me gain the most out of this year as I could. Build the trust – and people are happy to be flexible.

How has this experience exceeded your expectations?

I definitely never anticipated having as much fun this year as I've had. I've been extremely lucky to work on some amazing projects, some exciting campaigns, and been hands-on at some great events. Certainly never expected it, but this year has been a lot of fun, and I've learned an incredible amount.

Frankie Cleeves

Name of University: University of Gloucestershire

Title of Degree Course: Human Resource Management

Job title at company: Recruitment (HR) intern

What was the interview process like?

I had a competency based telephone interview which lasted around 20 minutes followed by an assessment centre. This entailed, a face to face interview for 45 minutes, an individual task for around 90 minutes and then an informal chat with the current intern. All in all the process was challenging but concise and I was continuously informed throughout the process about my progress at each step. 

What advice would you give to students applying for your role?

Although Intel is a large company and you may be going for a role that lots of other people have applied to, remain confident – you might be what they're looking for! Intel often hire based on teams and compatibility within those teams, therefore personality is really important to show during interviews!

What do you most enjoy about your role?

I love working with such a diverse range of people. I speak with Rate My Placement, order giveaways, continuously liaise with hiring managers across the whole business and support ad hoc queries from employees. My relationships with employees have formed alongside improving my networking skills. This role has really helped reduce anxiety of uncertain situations and my confidence levels have been boosted.

What is your favorite thing about Intel?

The friendliness of the people. Everyone is always approachable and happy to help. The working culture here is really relaxed but remains professional. I feel this is the ideal working environment for me and I've had chance to blossom amongst it. My team have been nothing but supportive, right from day 1 when I was really uncertain on my role, all the way to my last day, where it was emotional to say goodbye! I really have had a brilliant year and my team are partly to thank for that.

How has this experience exceeded your expectations? 

100%. I couldn't believe the reasonability, flexibility and opportunities I was presented with this role. I've changed processes, created new events and implemented new ideas. I never would have believed a student would have these types of opportunities or experiences but now I can say I have had them first hand!

Mafalda Riberio

Name of University: University of Bath

Title of Degree Course: MEng (Hons) Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Job title at company: Digital Design & Verification Engineer

What do you most enjoy about your role?

As an engineering student, I like the technical challenges my role poses. I feel there's a significant amount of problem-solving and critical thinking in the initial design and testing of a device, which I find quite interesting. 

What is your favourite thing about Intel?

I love how inclusive and diverse the workplace is. I have had the opportunity to meet so many people of different backgrounds and areas, which I felt made my placement very enjoyable. Additionally, having an open office environment made me feel more comfortable with communicating with anyone about anything, regardless of their position or title.

Describe your biggest achievement?

There was an innovation trial I conducted with my supervisor that produced some excellent results for my team. This involved analysing and implementing new software to improve our code and the quality of our results. This worked brilliantly within our team, so we presented it both internally within the company and in external conferences. The results from this trial not only greatly benefit mine and other engineering teams, but it was also an invaluable experience where I got to take responsibility and develop a variety of skills.

How promising are the graduate prospects?

At a company like Intel, there are a range of graduate opportunities. On the one hand, if you enjoy your role, fit in with your team and deliver results, you can be asked to be hired back after graduation. On the other hand, the experience you obtain from your placement year at Intel will definitely stand out if you choose to apply for a role in another team or even another department. 

How much responsibility do you have?

I feel I was given as much responsibility as any other full time employee. At the start of my placement, I had to do quite a lot of technical and corporate trainings in order to work efficiently within my team. These trainings were well planned and executed, which enabled me to take on full responsibility for my own work within my team with confidence and ease.

Matt Walker

Name of University: University of Bath

Title of Degree Course: MEng Electronic & Electrical Engineering with placement (Hons)

Job title at company: Physical Design Engineer

What was the interview process like?

Basic technical interview over the phone. Next stage we were invited to the Intel building in Swindon. Were given a presentation task three days before the interview day. Assessment center consisted of a 3:1 interview going over CV etc., presentation on the presentation task & 9 x 10 minute quick fire technical interviews. The technical interviews are good because they show what your strengths are and where in the company you would fit the best 

What does your average day entail?

30 minute meeting to sync up with the rest of the team and then most of my day is spent programming/engineering the task at hand. I will spend time researching/learning from the internet/books/team. There are also secondary tasks in the work such as writing specifications and documentation. However, there are also committees that the interns run and also extra opportunities to get involved in and I personally get involved in a lot so some of my week is also spent organizing nights out, running STEM events for children, writing bi weekly newsletter, going out to school, etc.

What is your favorite thing about Intel?

Intel are a very flexible company and it's a great company ethos. You can work from home occasionally if you need. You can leave a little early to make an appointment etc. Also in my team I have slightly flexible hours so I can come in at 8:00 and leave about 16:45 / 17:00. This may be from team to team though please note. I would also love to say the extra opportunities you get to do things on top of your normal job roll.

What do you most enjoy about your role?

I generally love programming but its great satisfaction making programs that actually help make an end product rather than university where you only make things for marks. Its great seeing products out in the world and thinking that you were a really small part of making it possible. 

Describe your biggest achievement?

Leaning so much about the process of physical implementation of a chip and getting started with some of the industry standard tools. Additionally, an opportunity I got through Intel was to be part of the EES scheme and as a part of that scheme we won the regional competition.

Becky Dunn

Name of University: University of the West of England

Title of Degree Course: BA (Hons) Marketing

Job title at company: Business Marketing Specialist

What has been your biggest challenge?

I'd say getting to grips with the lingo. Intel has its own language of acronyms, but they don't expect you to know it all and they're all very patient when you're ramping up in your role. 

How has this experience exceeded your expectations?

I didn't expect a huge company to value their interns so much. They're so willing to invest time in you and really take your interests into consideration. A lot of the members of staff were previous interns so they want to make your experience memorable.

What do you most enjoy about your role?

Being part of a global team. I work with a lot of people in the US and develop great relationships there. The flexibility to explore other areas that interest me has been great, for example I got to work with the production team at events which was so much fun!

What was the interview process like?

The interview process was much nicer than others I had to do. It consisted of an online application, 30 minute telephone interview and an assessment day. The assessment day itself was quite relaxed, which put a lot of us at ease and settled any nerves.

What advice would you give to students applying for your role?

It's so important to let your personality shine through as that's something Intel really take into consideration. You'll find that a lot of the people here are genuinely lovely and that's definitely down to Intel hiring smart but great people.

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