Emera Co-op experience

Position title
Corporate Communications Co-op
Work term type
What was your monthly salary (before taxes)?
2,001 to 2,500
How long was your work term?
4 months
Where did the internship/co-op take place?
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Work industry
Public Relations

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?
The projects you worked on, did they give you valuable experience toward your career goals?
Very helpful
What did you like best about your internship/co-op? What type of work were you doing?

I really liked that the work I did had differed from past co-op experience gave me a chance to do something new, so many companies hire interns and just want us to run their social media accounts so it was nice to work on different project and not do any work around social media.

I also really liked the company culture around involving students, there were over 30 other interns and we got the chance to work together and meet which was a nice change from past experiences for me where I was often the only intern on staff.

I did a lot of work on the companies intranet employee site but I also had the opportunity to do work for a variety of different team members in my time working for the communications team and got to diversify the types of project that I worked on.

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

The company was weary about COVID exposures even when there were few cases. As a result I only ended up reporting to the actual office for 2 weeks out of my four month term.

Manager experience

Did your manager(s) provide you with support and coaching to be effective in your role?
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: 

My manager was awesome during my co-op term we had a really good relationship when it came to communicating. We spoke almost daily and she was always available if I need help with a task, had questions, or was just looking for something to do. She was busy and was happy to keep me busy so it worked out really well.

One of the best/funniest parts of the whole experience is she wasn't even supposed to be my manager but my original manager took another job on my third week on the job and whether I was assigned to my new manager or she voluntarily took me on I may never know but I am very happy the way that it worked out.

Social experience

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

Well the group was really awesome the only downside is I started and will finish my co-op term during a pandemic and there are strict rules about social activities in place so teh opportunity to experience the social activity's sand the corporate culture were very limited, this however was no the fault of the company

What are the benefits/perks of working here?
Company gym Free coffee Internal company sports teams-events Social activities Work from home

Final notes

Did the internship/co-op experience match what was described in the job listing and interview?
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 Cultural fit Location
Advice to future interns applying to this company? 

If you apply and aren't chosen for the internship apply the next term or next year, it helps build name recognition, shows determination and helps increase your chances of getting hired. At least it worked that way for me.