National Instruments

What was the application process like?

There are 5 stages to the application process: Application and CV, telephone interview, online technical test, then finally assessment day. Feedback is always given whether you are successful or not and the process is structured to be challenging but rewarding.

What advice would you give to students applying for your role?

Be enthusiastic and be yourself. NI takes pride in hiring people who are team players and good communicators. If you want to work in a diverse environment surrounded by people who will help you grow, then you could be just the right fit for NI.

How much responsibility do you have?

One of the things that sets NI apart from other placement opportunities is the level of responsibility you are given. From day one you are focussed on working directly with NI’s customers on solving their own technical challenges and engaging across other departments as well. I have spent time working with both the Marketing and Sales departments alongside my day-to-day role which demonstrates how NI trusts you to do a great job.

What do you most enjoy about your role?

I most enjoy how many new things I learn every single day. Because of the enormity of products that NI offers and the number of industries it resides in, there is never a day when you don’t hear something surprising or completely new. Things like this open your mind to the far reaches of engineering discovery.

What has been your biggest challenge?

My biggest challenge has been mastering my customer management and time management skills. With having to balance lots of tasks throughout the day, it can be a bit of a shock to the system at first! But customer management is something I have grown to love the more I’ve improved at it.

How has this experience exceeded your expectations?

For me, it must be the opportunity I had to rotate into the Technical Sales department for 3 months to see what business is like from a seller’s perspective. This not only improved my knowledge on NI products and industry trends, but it also diversified my customer management portfolio and allowed me to exercise professional selling skills that I never knew I had! All this whilst still being heavily rooted in technical principals and the fundamentals of engineering.

What is the office atmosphere like?

I genuinely don’t think I’ll ever work somewhere else that has as great an atmosphere as NI. During work hours, there is constant positivity and a feeling of building each other up as professionals, and this energy carries into the non-professional environment. At NI, I have met people who have inspired me to follow the path I now want to follow, and I have also made some friends for life.

What activities are there outside of work?

Our managers and colleagues organise lots of fun things themselves such as summer BBQs, pub quizzes, and employee appreciation activities. We recently had a professional “Escape the Room” experience which was loads of fun. Aside from this, there are lots of things to do in and around Newbury like go-karting, cinema, scenic walks and sports.

How promising are the graduate prospects?

Seeing as National Instruments contributes to all the main engineering industries in some way, it is a very well-known company among them, so this is a big plus. Additionally, the graduate prospects are improved by the nature of how NI trains its interns. We are expected at the end of our internship to have an excellent grounding in presentation skills, communication and adaptable customer support, alongside all the technical knowledge you gain. I think this gives NI’s interns many defining competencies in industry. 

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