The Big Picture
Laura did a 12 week summer internship at Jaguar Land Rover as an Electrical Engineer Intern. She worked on multiple projects, including the backlighting of a car’s dashboard. Laura’s main project was working on testing that the hardware of the car is working properly, and that the software that runs the hardware works correctly.
“I’ve gained quite a lot from it actually, in terms of where I want to go next.”
The Application Process
Laura decided to look for an internship with the hope of being offered a job at that company upon graduation to take some of the stress away from final year job hunting, and to get some industry experience.
The application process involved an online form, some psychometric tests, and then attending an assessment centre for half a day. There, Laura took part in a group task and had a 20 minute interview.
“The interview went by like a breeze. Everybody says the interview is the worst part. It really wasn’t.”
In Laura’s Own Words…
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I’ve gained quite a lot from it actually, in terms of where I actually want to go next. I’ve improved my knowledge, and now I kinda know how a car works which I didn’t before even though I own one. I did 12 weeks at Jaguar Land Rover last summer. I worked as an Electrical Engineer Intern. I did two or three different projects. I did a backlighting project, so you know in the dashboard where you’ve got your speedo and everything? I worked on the backlighting for that. And my main project was on the “hilst” rig, which is how they test their vehicles – if the hardware is working together and if the software that runs the hardware works correctly.
I wanted an internship to save me looking in my fourth year now and to kinda get rid of some of the stress. At Jaguar Land Rover, once you’ve had an internship, if you do well on the internship, then they will offer you a job. So the whole idea was to get rid of the stress and to get some actual experience in the field. So I did an application form online then I had to do some psychometric tests. After that it was then an assessment centre which was only half a day, it wasn’t too difficult, and there was a 20 minute interview, a group discussion task as well as obviously the whole day where they watch you all day anyway, and then they offered me the job.
The interview went by like a breeze. Everybody says the interview is the worst part. It really wasn’t. It was so easy because they’ve got your CV in front of them, you’d got a copy, all you’d got to do was just answer the questions and they’d basically trailer the questions for you.
It’s taken off a lot of stress this year, I mean a lot of stress. I’ve already got a job lined up. I’ve got somewhere I can go in September. I’ve also gained experience that I wouldn’t have gained anywhere else. Even with a permanent job I’ve gained experience that I would not have gained anywhere else. It’s made me a lot more employable in terms of getting another job. It’s helped a hell of a lot. I’d do another one.
The Next Step
As Laura had hoped, she was offered a graduate position at Jaguar Land Rover following the work she did on her internship.
“It’s taken off a lot of stress this year, I mean a lot of stress. I’ve already got a job lined up, I’ve got somewhere I can go in September. I’ve also gained experience that I wouldn’t have gained anywhere else.”