I got a broad insight into the company which enabled me to see whether it is a place I want to be working at in the long-term and during a time when many other similar firms in the sector cancelled internships, RBS delivered on their promises to students which made me feel valued.
I very much enjoyed the virtual experience. What it lacked in having to be purely online, it made up for in well coordinated meetings with diverse business leaders and graduates, collaborative charity events, and inventive icebreaker sessions with other interns. Given the tough situation with coronavirus making this an unprecedented internship for all of those working at Natwest Group, they managed to make the each day thoroughly engaging by providing new opportunities, some of which would not have been presented in the original internship.
Very much! It was obvious that great care was taken when assembling the programme. We got to hear from and ask questions to some of the most senior employees in the bank. Though difficult with some formats, it was made sure that there was as much interaction as possible. One session a week was dedicated to a fun activity such as a virtual breakout room, quizzes, or a meditation session. In general a very enjoyable atmosphere was created.
It was great to learn more about the inner workings of the bank and a lot of the different roles. Most of the sessions were very engaging and offered valuable insights into the bank's purpose, the different teams, goals etc. Some of the sessions did feel like they were there simply to fill a space/take up time, however I understand that only so much can be done virtually and I think the team did a great job at delivering a valuable experience considering the circumstances
I enjoyed this virtual experience to the fullest. It's one of the best experiences that I have ever had. During the short period, I have been offered opportunities to virtually meet and learn from my buddy, senior leaders, other graduates, and especially other interns from the program. I have also been given chances to carry out group works (case study and CSR challenge) with other interns, who I then made connections with and learned a lot from.
Early Careers have been amazing delivering a programme with a combined learning style - through involving spotlights to the different business areas and encouraging personal development. Natwest Group colleagues are always willing to speak out of the scheduled sessions and help build a great network to develop as a graduate.
I thoroughly enjoyed the internship and felt like a really valued team member at NatWest Group. They did a fantastic job at showcasing their culture and that it would be a great place to work. I particularly enjoyed the Hackathon session and would suggest that other talks included more interactive sessions such as this one. I also realised that other teams were given projects to carry out which would have been valued on my Internal Audit placement.
I found the experience to be varied and interesting although I think I would have enjoyed more time working with my own department group and getting to know to them better rather then spending most of the time in large calls with the whole intern cadre. I did find these larger calls enjoyable though and I was encouraged by the willingness of important members of the bank to give their time to help us understand what it is RBS does.
Given the limitations, I felt that the experience offered by NatWest was very fulfilling, and I was surprised at the networking opportunities available even from a virtual circumstance. I appreciated the soft skills development, however I would have liked to have the chance to carry out technical work more specific to the programme I applied for (software engineering). I understand the difficulty this would entail remotely though, and perhaps it would have been cause for frustration as opposed to growth.
I really enjoyed my virtual internship with the NatWest Group. I networked with interns and graduates as well as contributed in lots of activities being organised. The NatWest Group really supported us through this challenging time and tried their best to help us to develop. I believe that I developed both my technique skill and soft skill through this internship and think that I am more prepared than before for the business area I want to work in.
I really enjoyed the virtual experience. I liked the variety of the programme, there were technical sessions, presentations about different roles within the bank, soft skills sessions and also wellbeing sessions. There were also significant opportunities to network, which I valued as people were really open to speak with me over a Zoom call.
I really enjoyed working at NatWest. There are lots of opportunities to chat with top leaders in the NatWest Group, everyone is very helpful and friendly. I can see the effort that the team has put in to help everyone get the best of the programme and tried to make more interactive sessions in the programme, not just only presentations. Moreover, I treasured the Q&A sessions at the end of every presentation, as that is the part that I learnt the most from the programme.
The Change & Business Solutions virtual internship exceeded my expectations. NatWest Group had taken a lot of effort to put on engaging and interesting workshops and presentations, covering a wide range of topics. We got to hear from senior members across the banking group, as well as participate in development sessions and take part in fundraising challenges. The internship has increased my knowledge of Natwest Group and the finance industry as a whole. I leave the internship feeling enthusiastic about a potential graduate scheme with NatWest Group.
I was so glad to find out that NatWest would put on a virtual experience for their summer interns in these challenging times. I really enjoyed getting to know my fellow interns, learning about the Goup's operations and engaging in some exciting live activities.
Throughout this virtual experience, there were sessions covering the different divisions across the bank and how the bank collaborate as one. This means we get to meet and network with people who we may not have have to chance to meet in person. I have particularly enjoyed learning the different career journeys of the people at Nat West, how they have overcome challenges, what are the main skills in each divisions, and the advices we were given was extremely valuable.