My Experience at manulife

Position title
Quantitative Analyst
Work term type
What was your monthly salary (before taxes)?
4,001 to 4,500
How long was your work term?
Where did the internship/co-op take place?
Toronto, Ontario
Work industry
M.A. Math, Finance

Work review

With reflection, was your first day well-structured and organized? 
Very impressed
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
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 got to research Finance models and code and document them. (Models in portfolio optimization and interest rate hedging)

it was amazing to be given a general problem and to find a good paper online that provides a solution, and then to turn that solution into a working piece of software.

I loved the opportunity to learn, along with the perfect balance of autonomy and guidance.

The result was performance that I am very proud of.

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

The commute.

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: 

If possible, provide the student with a sort of 'syllabus' of what they will be doing throughout the term, so that they can prepare themselves better.

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?
Describe the office environment/culture.

pleasant nice welcoming people, calm, intelligent, and nice to speak with

What are the benefits/perks of working here?
Employee discounts/rewards Free coffee Social activities

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 Cultural fit
Advice to future interns applying to this company? 

speak honestly to your supervisor about what kind of work you want to do, and how you want to do. They want to hear your view.