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I learnt so much from my placement and although I was specifically on the fixed income, corporate actions desk I managed to gain an overview of the entire bank and how it worked. Mainly because of the lunch and learn sessions that were coordinated between HR and all of the different divisions within RBC. My specific desk placement was very engaging and enjoyable, my team were helpful right from the offset and I feel that I made a positive impact.
The work I was doing was vital and quite important and I got the feeling that my colleagues appreciated what I was doing. It eased up the workload for them and they were able to get more done in their respective areas.
The support given by my supervisors was good at the beginning, but I feel that as the internship went on the support lessened. It was still there but I was expected to get on with the work that I had to do, which helped in strengthening the different processes I had to do.
Every day was different, on the 15th and 25th of every month we were typically busy because those are big coupon payment dates. Apart from that, some days were busy some were quiet, it really did vary.
Making payments was of quite importance because we had to ensure that the right claims
Working with bonds aided me in my banking and finance module at university
Life in the office was never dull, my team were lively and conversation was always flowing.
The internship was fun and active. Aside from the lunch and learn sessions which allowed us to interact with different areas of the bank. We also had a chocolate challenge and a city tour.
It was quite a struggle to get the systems set up at the beginning of the internship but as I got up and running everything became smooth.
If I secure an offer, I will definitely be back!
Interns went out to nightclubs almost every Friday and there were ample opportunities to go out drinking or socialising with my team.
Not that bad considering we were in the city centre.
Lots of bars and pubs, a few nightclubs within close proximity.
Lots of opportunities.
Internship (1-4 Months)
Central London and City