There are 3 main things I have done on a day-to-day basis. Firstly, collect and analyse data using Microsoft Power BI to help improve our services. Secondly, help to build and test a chatbot to reduce the number of calls to our call centres. Thirdly, automate processes within Customer Tech. e.g making data refreshing automatic instead of having to do it manually.
I worked within the Sustainability and Stewardship team. Over the course of the internship, I had the opportunity to complete various tasks for the different sub-teams, and attend almost any meeting that I desired. This included external calls. I had daily contact with my team, as well as intro sessions with various colleagues across the business. This allowed me to gain a good understanding of my team and what they do, but also a broad understanding of how the asset manager side of the business operates.
We work to ensure that investments made and assets that are held by M&G plc cooperate with the principles of ESG (Environmental, Social and governance). We look at trendy topics such as coal companies, climate change, modern slavery, tobacco, unconventional oil + gas as well as many others. We look to exclude companies that pose an ESG risk to our clients and M&G as a whole.
My role is to utilise technology to improve the operations of the country. For example, one of my project is exploring alternative data to improve stock market predictions. Every day, I would have some independent time to work on my projects and also have the opportunity to discuss my insights with my supervisor.
I thought the insight day was fantastic. All aspects of the day were great for learning and development. Some of the day's itinuary included several rounds of a trading exercise, various talks from employees of all seniorities (these weren't as boring as it may sound - the speakers were very engaging), networking sessions, upskilling sessions.
I really enjoyed my internship with M&G plc. I didn't know what to expect with the virtual internship but I ended up really enjoying it and meeting a lot of great people through numerous online networking and workshop sessions. I also enjoyed learning about the asset management industry and the work that M&G plc does for its clients and the unique sectors it operates in. Overall, I had a great experience and felt like I could take away a lot from it.
As a technology intern, I was involved in a wide range of projects including projects that extended outside my team. I was involved in challenging and diverse work, in areas such as software engineering, testing, performance analysis and data science. These projects pushed me outside my comfort zone and allowed me to learn a lot in a short span of time (~5 weeks).
Really enjoyed my internship. I received a perfect mix of learning and practical experience. The work that I did indeed had a tangible impact on my team. I was guided throughout the process by my team, which was very helpful. The work itself was interesting and connected to the real world. By doing the work I had a chance to expand my knowledge and obtain new skill. I learned a lot from insight sessions and meetings with different people.
Overall I had a very good experience. Obviously there is room for improvement but I found my role very enjoyable. I was given a task to compete with a team and we were given freedom to choose what we did with it. There were times when the work was a bit boring and there was loads of admin to do but all roles are like this. I really feel like I was given the chance to shine.
I really enjoyed it. Everyone in the department I was in was very friendly and always willing to take the time to chat to me and show me what they do. I learnt a huge amount about cybersecurity and it has gone from something I knew very little about to a real consideration for my career. The company insisted on having the internship go ahead despite the pandemic, which was great. The only downside to working online was the limited socialising that can be done.
I really enjoyed my Internship within the ESG & Regulatory team - I was given the opportunity to carry out real and valued work within the team as well as insight into all the different areas of the business. The structure of the internship is great for meeting people and gaining exposure to different business areas.
I thoroughly enjoyed my summer internship at M&G. I interned within the Restructuring and Debt solutions team which provided me with exposure to scenarios and work streams I had previously never covered. I had not anticipated working within this team prior to the internship but I am certainly glad I did, it allowed me to gain experience across restructuring and understand the mechanics and though processes that drive these activities, alongside working with Debt funds where I was able to perform frequent credit analysis. The exposure to what normally would be two separate jobs, as my core mandate allowed me to learn a lot in a short space of time.