Despite being initially nervous about the stream I had been placed in I've had a really great experience with LBG (Scottish Widows). The placement has been challenging but my team have always made sure that they've given me exciting and stimulating work - no photocopying or making coffee! Overall it's been a lot of fun and really beneficial to my personal development - I'm really happy but also sad to be leaving.
The internship was really good, I was given a lot of valuable work to do. The budget was being settled for quite some time, and many of my colleagues have had a lot of time off, so during these periods, I wish that I was given more to do. Also if I could have been given some guidance on whom I could shadow and how to go about this, this would have been really valuable.
I enjoyed my ten week internship a lot, from start to finish. What was good about this was that my line manager and team regularly checked in with me to find out if I was enjoying my work and if not, we collectively found ways to vary tasks more and find a way in which I could learn and develop my skills in an engaging way.
I enjoyed my time at Lloyds bank quite a lot, the tasks they gave me were relevant to my interests, the bank gave me the right amount of challenge and they treated me very well. The work I did allowed me to develop my skills further and it has enhanced my employability.
I extremely enjoyed my internship at Lloyds Banking Group this summer. I was placed in the London Mid Corporate Commercial Banking Team which focuses on client relationships. This was great as it allowed me to observe how the bank interacts with clients. I also found that everyone at the bank was very happy to sit down with me for half an hour or an hour and explain their role to me. This meant that I got to meet lots of people from across the commercial bank, expand my network and gain a wider understanding of how the bank as a whole works.
I thoroughly enjoyed my placement at Lloyds. I was placed on the Channels Strategy and Development team in Global Transaction Banking division (although part way through the internship my team was moved to SME & Mid Corporates). As part of my role I spent much of my time working in the Channels strategy investment lab. The atmosphere here is very different to a traditional banking environment. This is my second internship with Lloyds and I feel everyone is much more relaxed than last time and there is no pressure to dress formally. These factors together made the internship especially fun.
The work given to me was engaging and varied in scope. I was able to complete and collaborate on a varied range of tasks. Throughout the placement the work offered to me was scaled according to improvements in my understanding. This allowed for the work to remain engaging and ensure I was sufficiently challenged throughout my time at the bank.
I was placed in the brand communications team which worked on how we communicated with the general public through advertisements and social media. I was also presented with a lot of things to do outside of the office. for example, I was able to attend multiple events such as Unbound London.
I really enjoyed my internship, as it has been very insightful into the world of work. I have gained many employability skills and have learnt how a large coorporation functions. I was amazed by the variety of roles available in a bank. The work wasn't too difficult however I would've preferred if I had more to do, as at some points I had to try create work for myself.
I really enjoyed the people that I worked with as well as the work I was assigned - it was work that actually mattered and I felt as if I was adding value. The internship offered me more than just the opportunity to work for the UKs largest bank but also allowed me to develop and learn through events such as a training session at the Bloomberg office to learn how to effectively use the Bloomberg terminals on the floor.
Working for Lloyd's Banking Group has been a great experience. I was fully immersed into the culture from day one and was involved with a variety of work. I also enjoyed my internship because I was able to be involved with activities that took place outside of work such as team training days, charity challenges and lots more! Couldn't have asked for a better 10 week internship.
So a little a bit of background. I applied to the Lloyds Banking Group summer internship in Technology and got placed at Group Transformation Mortgage Value Stream (which is under the Retail and Community banking business unit). In addition, the role I was assigned was a project manager assistant, so I was working on the product owner side of things in our team. It's also worth noting that I'm an engineering student and when I applied to a Tech internship in a bank, that's not exactly what I had in mind. That aside I got to work in the Leeds head office and live in the city for free (Lloyds pays for you to stay at a student accommodation). Overall it was an extremely chill internship (too chill for me), and the working hours in my team were very flexible; you can work from home whenever you want and there are good takeaways around for lunch, so that 'freedom' aspect was the most enjoyable bit in my opinion. I was the only intern in my team, and I got to meet a few more interns in the building but everyone has their own schedules so don't expect much socialising at work, except when you're working on the team charity challenge. Otherwise, I was living in a flat with other Lloyds interns, so that's the other perk I could think of - it was nice to share experiences from our first days with each other, since all of us were in the same boat and often had the same questions. Other than that, I believe a lot could have been improved in terms of workload, shadowing, manager catch ups and general involvement.
Most of the work was making Excel documents to make processes slightly more efficient for my team. I did not understand the point of most of the data I had to deal with, nor did I like the tools we were given to do the project. I had quite a lot of data to handle (which most of my colleagues said was useless anyway) that could not be processed properly by the laptop I was given as it was underpowered. Most of the work was very repetitive and unexciting as I had no motivation in the eventual outcome making completing a project unsatisfying. I am certain that my job could have just been done by a robot
It was great! The charity challenge and finance challenge allowed interns to take direct personal ownership over projects, which was a great opportunity to develop leadership, teamwork and communicational abilities. It also allowed us to be creative. The general work that I completed was interesting but inconsistent. I wasn't overly stretched, though being my first internship I was grateful for the relaxed culture.
I really enjoyed my time at Lloyds. They have a very friendly culture and promote the mental well-being of their employees quite heavily. I also met some great people and really got a good feel of what it feels like to work at a large bank.
I did really enjoy the internship, it was much better that I have expected. As I study biochemistry I have never thought that an internship in Banking would give me so much insight and knowledge not only in the work they do but also for everyday life. The Team was really nice, and he work I have done made me really enjoy it as well as I felt useful. I won't say it was the best job ever as there are always pros and cons, being in a desk all day does become tiring but they were always quite flexible and told me to go for a walk to stretch my legs!
Overall I did enjoy my placement at LBG. The team I was placed in were very welcoming and happy to answer any of my questions and I had a great relationship with my line manager. However there were definitely times where I felt like I didn't have enough work to do or that my tasks were a little simple, mostly due to the fact that as an intern you are always relying on other people to give you work or support you.