The Best Experience for Corporate Responsibility and Government Relations Exposure

Position title
Corporate Responsibility & Government Relations Co Op
Work term type
What was your monthly salary (before taxes)?
2,001 to 2,500
How long was your work term?
Where did the internship/co-op take place?
Boston, Massachusetts
Work industry
Financial Services
Communications, Political Science, Marketing, Human Services

Work review

With reflection, was your first day well-structured and organized? 
Fairly Basic
Did the on-the-job training allow you to be successful in your role?
From my team, absolutely. The onboarding from IT and other HR related tasks could be unhelpful.
Was your work challenging and engaging?
Loved coming to work
The projects you worked on, did they give you valuable experience toward your career goals?
Skills for life
What did you like best about your internship/co-op? What type of work were you doing?

My co op was an incredibly unique position at John Hancock because I worked with the Government Relations and Corporate Responsibility teams. I supported our community investment strategy as well as our work with local, state, and government officials. Day-to-day, this translated to helping plan volunteer events, working on non-profit and community sponsorship, creating briefing reports for meetings, managing a Sneaker Drive, running one of our employee volunteer programs, and so much more. Every day was different, every project had a purpose and was valued, every thing I did was so interesting and exciting to be a part of.

What did you like least about your internship/co-op?

On boarding is a slight nightmare with the external consultant.

Manager experience

Did your manager(s) provide you with support and coaching to be effective in your role?
All the time
Did you receive clear and actionable feedback from your manager(s) during your work term?
All the time
Did you feel comfortable asking your manager(s) questions, when needed?
Open door policy
Feedback to management about the internship/co-op program: 

This structure meant that I worked with the whole team on different projects. One of the best things about this is to witness different working and leadership styles in action, while also being able to learn from everyone. The best thing about this was my team's willingness and openness to working with me.

Social experience

To what degree did the team make you feel welcome, included and valued?
To be fair, I feel completely comfortable with my team; "like family" doesn't necessarily translate to every professional sphere
How often were there opportunities to participate in social activities with your colleagues?
All the time
Nature of this role involves a lot of event/Gala attendance
Describe the office environment/culture.

My team is the best, but it literally is the only team like it in the company. John Hancock is such a large place, I feel all teams are different even in a large department.

What are the benefits/perks of working here?
Employee discounts/rewards Financial bonus Travel — National Tickets to entertainment events

Final notes

Did the internship/co-op experience match what was described in the job listing and interview?
Just as advertised
Would you recommend this internship/co-op to a friend?
Would you work at this employer full-time if offered a job?
Why did you choose this employer for your internship/co-op?
Reputation Work types
Advice to future interns applying to this company? 

For those interested in either the government affairs or corporate social responsibility spaces, this is the best co op you could have.