Growing up in Canada, RBC was always a very recognised and respected name. When I found out that RBC was growing its business in Europe, I thought it would be an interesting and very rewarding learning experience to be a part of a growing business.
“RBC has really worked to create an environment where open communication and a willingness to learn are appreciated.”
During my internship, I was given quite a considerable amount of responsibility. The first two weeks were largely a learning process, where I completed work under the guidance of a senior analyst or associate, but as time passed I was expected to take initiative and manage my workflow much more independently. By the end of the internship, I was emailing company-specific trading news and market overviews to some of our largest clients on a daily basis.
The application process was very much like those you find at other investment banks. I submitted an application form along with my CV through the RBC Campus website and sat online numerical and verbal reasoning tests. Several weeks later, I met with the Campus Recruitment Team for a first round interview, following this I was invited to an assessment centre where I had the opportunity to meet with senior management from the investment banking division.
The majority of my time during the day is spent preparing marketing materials, such as pitch books and various presentations for our clients. As part of that process, I spend a considerable amount of time looking at specific sectors and companies - particularly those in the natural resources space.
The best advice I received during my internship was to ask as many questions as I could. As an intern, you are not expected to come into the job knowing everything, so RBC has really worked to create an environment where open communication and a willingness to learn are appreciated.