Did you know that a degree is desirable but not essential to apply for one of our internships?
Alongside our award-winning graduate programme, we also employ a number of interns for a unique 12 month placement year. You may be a student looking for a year in industry placement, a recent graduate ready for a full time work experience or someone seeking a new career opportunity, if you are one of our internships will be for you!
An internship is a great way for you to get a feel for our business and to experience first hand the amazing work we do.
These opportunities are the perfect introduction to an exciting and challenging industry – and a company that delivers a vital water resource to over six million customers.
At Anglian Water, our interns are given real responsibility from day one. It’s an opportunity to help us overcome diverse challenges and contribute to transforming our business into the water company of the future. You can expect to be involved in some exciting projects that will help to shape our strategy.
And you won’t be alone, there will be like minded interns and graduates with you along your journey with Anglian Water.
I chose to work for AWS due to the company’s commitment to prioritising the need for environmental and societal prosperity. Working for an ethically driven company, was of high importance to me as it is not only reflective of the quality of work conducted by the organisation but it is also reflective of the working culture and employees’ attitudes at AWS.
I lead, support and actively collaborate with the Change Management team to ensure the successful deployment of ongoing multi-million projects and programmes across the organisation.
The most important skill required to be performant in the role of a Change Management intern is to be a strong communicator. As a Change Management intern, you need to find solutions to ways in which communication can be most efficiently carried out across the organisation. It is your role to ensure that all employees are engaged with the change and this requires a good knowledge of various persuasive techniques.
Additionally, I believe that a good communicator is also someone who can listen to others. To ensure that employees are engaged with ongoing change, the Change Management intern needs to actively seek the opinions and feedback of employees across the business in order to gain better insights on whether the projects/programmes being carried out are well received and whether these are on the route to success.
Adaptability is another key skill which a Change Management intern must possess in order to be performant in their role. The projects and programmes which you work on over several months are prone to change especially when Agile methodology is adopted.
Embracing change when conditions shift is the core responsibility of a Change Management intern.
AWS ensure flexibility within the roles of both graduates and interns as there is the ability to discover different functions within the organisation as well as being able to collaborate with different employees, consequently leading to an in-depth understanding of the company and how teams work together in order to meet common goals. Furthermore, AWS is a highly ethical company which values both existing employees and on-boarding employees such as graduates and interns as they offer a generous employment package.
After completing my twelve months Change Management internship, I am hoping to secure a role within the world of Business Change.
If the opportunity arises to continue working at AWS, I would feel extremely lucky as I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working for the company and I am grateful for AWS continuous support in helping me meet my professional goals.
The best thing about my role as a Change Management Intern is that no day is the same. You can expect to be working on a different project or programme daily, whilst also having the opportunity to interact with an array of different employees across the organisation. It is rewarding holding a role where you know your actions have a positive influence on employees and on the company as you continuously look to create exciting new ways of working.
AWS have a strong working culture, one which especially emphasises the need for support and trust. All employees within the organisation are aligned with three guiding values being “Build trust”, “Do the right thing” and “Are always exploring” which make for a positive work environment. I believe that having an environment where graduates and interns feel comfortable to ask questions and feel supported in their professional endeavours is especially important at the beginning of their careers. AWS culture is unique and this is recognised both internally by their employees and externally as the organisation have been ranked as the UK’s #1 Best Place to Work in 2019 by Glassdoor.
Throughout Covid-19, AWS have been extremely supportive towards their customers, suppliers, existing employees and on-boarding employees such as graduates and interns. The company recognise that this is a difficult time for Early careers employees to officially take their first steps within the professional world. Therefore, AWS have implemented a set of measures which I believe have transformed the potential threat that Covid-19 could have presented for the smooth running of Early careers into an exciting opportunity to learn new ways of working and collaborating.
Some of the initiatives implemented by the organisation and which I have personally benefited from include “Meet the employee” virtual chats, virtual pub quizzes and afternoon tea & cake meetings.
Furthermore, I am especially excited about the implementation of an MS Teams which will enable all Early careers employees to maintain contact amid the pandemic crisis.
“I’m studying Business and Event Management at the University of Hertfordshire. I’d never done project management before, but I thought there were similarities between what I’m studying and managing projects – there are definitely similar principles.
Anglian Water appealed to me because of its reputation. I enjoyed the interview process too – the two interviewers made me feel very at ease. Then when I started, I fitted in straight away. Everyone is always happy to help.
“The culture here is amazing! I can honestly say I have never worked for a company that’s so nice and welcoming!”
The role is about managing projects to hit our deadlines. I also help to plan for upcoming events and workshops.
I’ve really enjoyed all the training I’ve had through our online learning platform. I’ve also had the chance to go on days out with different technicians to get a better understanding of what they do. It’s a challenging role but the support is fantastic.”
Anglian Water is a well-established business that has a fantastic brand image. This is because of its high ranking on Glassdoor, as well as the amazing reviews by past and present staff members. I wanted to work for an organisation that would help me improve the skills I have and develop my knowledge around customer service. When I read the reviews, a running theme throughout was the support that people were offered and the feeling of making a difference in your job, regardless of the area of the business you worked in.
I am currently spearheading a fantastic project based around the Priority Service Register. I have been given the freedom to come up with ideas and develop a plan that can be used to establish relationships with external organisations throughout the Anglian Water region. This can cover a range of different tasks from talking with internal members to gain insight from their experiences, to analysing data to inform my current project or planning focus groups to prepare the project for pilot.
I was lucky enough to have direct experience working on a parish council so this has helped me with my current project. It allowed me to understand the mindset of parish councillors while forming my project plan. I also believe experiences of working with people and building good rapport is key to being effective in my role. It is important that I am open to learn new insights from colleagues and customers. This has helped me to form the project I am working on.
From my experience, Anglian Water is an open-door company. If you want to talk with someone in the business, they are more than happy to have a chat with you and give you insights that can inform your decisions.
I would also say Anglian Water genuinely appreciates the work and new ideas that interns, and graduates bring to the business. What I like the most is the trust that is given to you as a new intern/ graduate to spearhead projects but then being able to ask for support when you need it.
I am currently focused on the internship but if an appropriate internal vacancy was to become available, I would definitely consider applying for it.
If there were no appropriate positions internally, I would look to use the experience I have gained at Anglian Water to secure a post in another ethically minded organisation.
I would say there are many things that make my role great. One would be, I have the potential to help lots of Anglian Water customers and give them information that can make their day great. I love to feel like I am making a difference and I believe the project I am working on now will have a massive impact on people all across the Anglian Water region.
I have had some fantastic support through my manager. Due to the currently situation, I have been working from home and keeping in contact via regular video calls and messages. Whenever I have needed support on the projects I have been give, my manager has been more than happy to have a chat and help me with any issues or pass on contact details of a colleague that can help.