Co-Op Evaluation

Position title
Derivatives Onboarding Co-Op
Work term type
What was your monthly salary (before taxes)?
1,000 to 1,500
How long was your work term?
Where did the internship/co-op take place?
Boston, Massachusetts
Work industry
Financial Services

Work review

With reflection, was your first day well-structured and organized? 
Went smoothly
Did the on-the-job training allow you to be successful in your role?
Very helpful
Was your work challenging and engaging?
Loved coming to work
I always had a manageable amount of work to do. My mangers made a point to have weekly check ins to assess where I was.
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?

I enjoyed the work that I was asked to complete for an internal trading grid, wherein I was delegated the full responsibility of crafting and compiling a significant amount of data. My managers supported me along the way by conducting weekly meetings, but I felt as though this initial project was a milestone during my Co-Op at John Hancock wherein I came to understand and appreciate my own professional capabilities. I truly enjoy coming to work each day and feel as though I leave each day having learned something new. I feel supported and encouraged to achieve my best work. The environment is positive and collaborative.

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

I seriously have no complaints when it comes to my experience at John Hancock. My managers and team are wonderful and very accommodating to my schedule as I am captain of the Equestrian Team at Northeastern. I am looking forward to staying with the team through December as an extension of my Co-Op and I am truly appreciative of all the opportunities I have had thus far within the company.

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: 

The Co-Op on the Derivatives Onboarding team is a wonderful program that I would highly recommend. Coming from past internships in Private Wealth and Client Relationship Management, I was interested in learning more about how asset management functions. Not only do I feel as though I have grasped a better understanding of how the process operates, but I have been supported each day to accomplish my goals in my professional career. Working here over the past six months has flown by and I am very excited and honored to be staying with the Derivatives Onboarding team through December.

Social experience

To what degree did the team make you feel welcome, included and valued?
Like family
How often were there opportunities to participate in social activities with your colleagues?
All the time
Describe the office environment/culture.

Collaborative, open, kind, supportive, encouraging.

What are the benefits/perks of working here?
Free coffee Social activities Volunteering day Work from home

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 Recommendation Work types Location
Advice to future interns applying to this company? 

I would say the key to success of any Co-Op or internship is having a willingness to learn. Be open and offer your help-- ask your team if you can assist or even just shadow for an hour or so to learn what they do on a daily basis.