The internship was very well structured despite it being virtual. I believe Bank of America was a leading bank among its peers to provide such a well-structured internship programme this year. Sessions were very well organized and well communicated. We got to network and meet key leaders within the bank and industry during the programme. I would rate it 9/10 because I made the most of the internship despite the virtual setting.
Overall, the virtual internship has been a very fun, educational and rewarding experience for me. The firm made a successful effort to transfer as much as possible of the original internship into the virtual format. I particularly enjoyed the three-week desk placement, which offered a very steep learning curve since we were encouraged to develop ourselves in many ways at the same time, e.g. investigating/working on an individual internship assignment and networking with people from the team as well as other teams. The group training sessions at the start of the internship were of a right, challenging level and covered a broad variety of relevant topics.
The virtual experience was very well taken care of by the Human Resources team and by the Debt Capital Markets division (to which I was allocated). I had plenty of training courses and networking possibilities, which exceeded my expectations. On the desk, the job was exciting and colleagues were open and friendly.
The internship had a clear structure and was properly organised. The orientation week was very insightful as interns were able to get insight into various parts of the bank and hear from leaders across various roles and with varying responsibilities and backgrounds. The training weeks were also very impactful as interns received training and were equipped with skills and knowledge that would prove to be useful upon resumption with their various teams for the internship.
I liked it a lot. The program included a lot of sessions to navigate the culture of the firm, moreover, there was a strong emphasis on learning. It was a great opportunity to do a deep dive into topics that are only marginally tackled in a university setting. The online setting changed a bit what I was expecting out of this internship but I feel that the program was structured in a way that for a large part minimized the downside of working from home.
Even though the internship was virtual, literally everyone at the bank made the effort to connect with the interns. No matter who I contacted, they made time for 30+mins to give advice and insights about their work. They all aimed at giving you insights while also understanding your background and fit for the bank. That way it was a true learning experience for myself, while being challenged on a constant basis. I would totally recommend the internship to others.
I really enjoyed the whole experience, even if it was delivered in distance. I am impressed by the internship program of Bank of America, which consisted in 3 weeks of training and 3 weeks in the desks. I personally really enjoyed the projects on which I worked and I learnt a lot from them. I met such great people who always found half an hour to talk with us, and that is absolutely impressive.
It was truly an amazing experience and I'd recommend everyone to apply! The training process was superb- we had 3 weeks with a specialist provider that taught all the skills necessary in terms of accounting and financial valuation. There were also frequent talks from all areas and seniorities of the business to help us really understand the firm as a whole. We also got the know the other interns socially, as well as through group projects. All in all, the team did an amazing job organising a comprehensive and informative internship experience for us- especially considering it was all virtual!
The virtual experience was no doubt an adjustment for everyone but what made it particularly easy to do was how the bank conducted it. Everyone was very hands on and willing to jump on calls once I reached out, even though sometimes technology stood in the way but they were all so accommodating of the minor glitches. All in all it was a great experience getting to create meaningful connections and do great work remotely