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.
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I’m based in the Anglian Water HQ at Lancaster House in Huntingdon. I typically go into in the office two days a week, which I believe is ideal for getting the most benefit from each environment.
After graduating from university, I wanted to apply the knowledge I learnt from my degree to address some of the major challenges facing our society today. Growing up in the local area, Anglian Water has always been in the background of daily life and I was aware of that the company was a purpose-driven organisation with strong social and environmental values. As the water and sewerage company for the driest and fastest growing region within the country, the challenge of working for Anglian Water to ensure supply meets demand now and for the next fifty years whilst helping the waterways and environment prosper seemed like the ideal opportunity to work to better my region while also hitting the ground running in my career.
While it may sound like a clichéd answer, it is true to say there is no ‘typical day’ in my placement. What I am working on at any given time depends on the stage of the price review process we are at; some periods of time are taken up with responding to Ofwat consultations and discussion papers, when other times are dedicating to developing our price review strategy. There are some reoccurring tasks, such as acting as a secretariat for a working group and keeping our teams Sharepoint site up to date. Nonetheless, the fact that the regulatory environment never stays still and therefore tasks vary day-to-day is one of the most enjoyable aspects of the job.
I would recommend the intern programmes at Anglian Water to anyone at the start of their career or looking to enter a new sector. I can honestly say my team has gone above and beyond in supporting me to find my feet within the role and the business. One benefit of this internship opportunity is that I have been encouraged to take every opportunity to build my understanding of the business beyond my department through site visits and virtual events.
My placement within the Policy and Regulatory Strategy team covers a huge range of different projects. A lot of my time is spent considering performance commitments for PR24, meaning setting targets for service improvements to deliver the outcomes that matter most to customers and for the environment. In addition, I have been supporting other members of the team develop a customer engagement strategy for the next price review and investigate how we can show our proposed investments for the next business plan are cost efficient.
In addition to the ongoing guidance provided by my line manager, I also have a mentor within an adjoining department who also supports me to identify opportunities to develop my own skills and experience in addition to my longer-term career goals.
The jump between university to working life can be a daunting prospect, especially for someone who has never worked in an office environment before. This internship has been a fantastic first step into a corporate environment, developing the essential skills required in any office-based job. However, the skills and knowledge I have gained goes far beyond that; this placement has given me an excellent grounding in all aspects of the water sector, including understanding the process of getting water from source to tap and back again, and the regulatory environment that shapes the space in which water companies operate.
I have been blown away by the emphasis placed on wellbeing and making Anglian Water an excellent place to work during my time here. One area where the working culture has been particularly good is the support me and the other interns have received from the wider business to make our idea of completing a Tough Mudder for WaterAid a reality. The event hasn’t happened yet, but I wasn’t expecting the levels of support and enthusiasm from our teams to help us achieve this goal.
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 joined Anglian Water after studying International Business and Management at Aston University. Having completed a placement year within Human Resources, I was starting to realise this might be the career path for me and wanted to explore further! After graduating, I was keen to gain the more experience in Human Resources to make sure this was the right route for me and that’s when I came across the adverts for the Internship positions at Anglian Water.
Anglian Water’s application process was very straightforward and the interview process was also straightforward and easy. I was made to feel really comfortable during my interviews and I found the process really interesting. I enjoyed it because it showed me that my internship would be challenging and interesting.
During my year as an HR intern I have had the opportunity to work in several departments and learn so much. I am constantly being challenged and growing more in confidence and in my crafts. I have worked on several projects during my time as an Intern, with a favourite being the 2020 Inclusion Week where I led one of the ‘Lunch and Learn’ sessions for internal colleagues. I got to lead a host of people from different departments on Zoom, and with the guidance of my manager and support of my colleagues, I had the confidence to deliver!
The best thing about an Internship with Anglian Water, is if you are ready to learn and be challenged, then you will open several doors and opportunities for yourself. Taking responsibility of everything on offer and being open to all the experiences given to you, is the best way to learn and develop.
Staff wellbeing is one of the many areas Anglian Water care about. Even before the pandemic, I was able to work from home on days I didn’t have meetings which saved me both money and time, as well as improving my work life balance.
I have really enjoyed my time here at Anglian Water and if there is any advice I would give to future Interns, it is to be open to learn and ready to challenge.
“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.