The programme consisted of 4 days in total. The first day was an introduction to Rothschild & Co as well as an "introduction to investment banking" session with Fitch learning. The following days consisted of more specific talks from the different teams at the firm as well as networking sessions, online social events and workshops. Throughout the programme a case study was done which was presented on the last day.
The insight consisted of talks from experienced bankers within different sector and product teams (Global Advisory (TMT; Energy &Power; Financial Institutions), Equity Advisory, Debt Advisory), an introduction to Investment Banking lesson, networking and social events, a presentation of the Rothschild & Co archives and a case study with fellow participants. The case study's task was to evaluate a potential merger or acquisition option between two firms and was presented to a panel of senior bankers on the last day of the program.
The internship was well organized, enabling us to get acquainted with our team immediately and to begin doing real work. Teams and interns were kept up to date regularly via weekly catch-ups with our team. We also had an analyst 'buddy' only an instant message away who was able to answer any immediate questions as they arose. I felt that I was given extensive latitude to learn, work hard, and interact with senior management. Compared to friends' experiences at other investment banks, R&Co interns were given significantly more responsibility and greater access to top dealmakers. I was very pleased with the virtual internship overall and would highly recommend it to any student interested in M&A.
I thoroughly enjoyed this virtual experience. I originally had apprehensions about what the insight week would be like after it had been moved online, however, I was not disappointed. The whole week was well structured and taught me lots about Rothschild & Co from their history to the structure and different departments of the firm. I also really enjoyed having the opportunity to meet analysts who worked at Rothschild & Co as it allowed me to ask the many questions that I had.
I really enjoyed the virtual experience. I thought working from home would leave me disconnected from the team and the firm's culture, however every effort was made to make me feel included and help me learn from everyone around me.
I highly appreciated the virtual experience. The HR team made sure we had the right amount of training online beforehand and the whole team was then very open to scheduling slots to meet us virtually. There was no real problem with working online when your internet connection allows it and everything was designed to guarantee the maximum amount of safety for you and the firm. I was very happy with my online experience at Rothschild.
I really enjoyed the internship (despite the experience being virtual) and would highly recommend applying. The team were super friendly and encouraging. I also learnt so much about what being an analyst entails as well the company culture from speaking to different people across sectors. Additionally, I got to practice my excel and power point skills for client presentations as well as creating basic models. The shortened time frame meant the month was super busy and there wasn't a dull moment.
Despite being conducted entirely virtually (due to COVID-19), I thoroughly enjoyed the internship. The team was very friendly, I was given lots of responsibility, and I was kept busy the whole time. It was disappointing that I was unable to meet the rest of the team, but this was completely understandable from R&Co's point of view and I feel the firm did a great job of keeping us engaged and making sure everything ran smoothly.
It was my favourite insight programme that I did this year. It was clear that despite being in a global pandemic, the firm had put significant effort into making a virtual programme that was highly interactive and I think this speaks volumes. I connected with the culture of the firm and thought that everyone was friendly and approachable.
I found my Spring Week at Rothschild & Co extremely enjoyable, intellectually stimulating and interactive. It certainly was different to what we all expected but the well structured and organised nature of it meant that we were able to get the most out of the experience. I felt well connected with my peers and the grad team.
I completed the Virtual Insight Programme (replacement for Spring Insight Programme and Women's Horizon Programme.) Had a fantastic time. Learnt a lot about a career in Global Advisory (Investment Banking) and the other areas at Rothschild & Co. Especially enjoyed the group project, as an opportunity to apply what we were learning in a more "real-world" context. Was also a fantastic way to get to know other students on the programme. Obviously the experience, would have been better in person. However, you could tell that genuine time and effort had been put into organising and planning the programme.