Spring Intern at Rothschild & Co

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
London Central London and City
Review Date
Banking - Investment


About You
The Organisation
Everything Else


About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

It was an extremely enjoyable and informative experience. This was largely due to the welcoming and cheerful attitude of the Recruitment Team and all the staff involved in the process, as well as due to the high calibre of the spring intern cohort as a whole. The calendar of events was varied and useful, with the group project being particularly instrumental as an insight into financial advisory.


2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

It definitely seemed as though the entire intern cohort felt very valued. The Recruitment Team made every effort to get to know everyone quite well (although it did seem that they already did know all of us already from the application process) with the 'getting to know' each other drinks event at the start of the programme meaning that the atmosphere during the rest of the week was genuinelly friendly, The other great aspect of the programme is that junior bankers were very happy to meet all of us, and spent a very large amount of time introducing us to as many of their colleagues as possible.

The most striking thing, however, was how involved senior bankers were in the process. From making the time to meet us with us over afternoon tea, a large amount of them actually watched us present our findings in the group project we had been assigned for a good couple of hours. The 'time is money' maxim is almost definitely best applied to senior bankers, so the extent to which we were valued was quite evident here.


3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

There were a lot of useful skills sessions and we were given a very hands-on introduction into the firm, although the group project itself came with relatively little guidance other than the great starting support packs. It seemed as though this was intentionally done to evaluate our competencies.


4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

Even though the information on the work of the bank is only slightly relevant to my degree, the presentation and group work skills developed over the course of the project will be extremely useful in both my continuing academic and professional career.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

Clea, well-communicated and well-organised structure.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

Positive, collegiate, friendly and at the same time challenging and intellectually stimulating, a lot of which had to do with the unique historical ethos of the firm.


7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

A number of senior bankers and well-qualified coaches were involved in providing us with an initial induction and introductory training in the core skills required in the industry.


8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

The fact that we were assigned a project which we were able to work on throughout the week gave a good taste of the type of work the firm did. This was complimented by the shadowing sessions, which for once actually involved genuine shadowing as all the employees were busy with work during the process.


9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?

Very well. The tour of the Rothschild Archives on the first day went a long way to set the mood of the insight, with speakers constantly referring to the rich heritage of the firm. The Rothschild symbolism was to be seen everywhere if one looked closely enough, which definitely added to the prestige of the institution.

More importantly, however, the collegiality of the firm was shown both through how willing analysts were to help us out and from how the spring interns needed to work well together in order to complete the group project, In addition, the volunteering day at the start of the week was clearly shown to be the product of the philanthropic spirit inherent in the Rothschild culture,


10. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?

Highly valuable.


Other Information

11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?

Yes: presentations, networking lunches and afternoon tea, and shadowing.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

There was one event which was dedicated entirely to letting the interns get to know each other, which was great. The afternoon tea with the directors was particularly informative and conducted in a very British manner in a highly sophisticated setting that offered a gorgeous view of the Square Mile.


14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?

Yes. The numerous opportunities to talk to the recruitment staff and analysts enabled us to learn a lot about the day to day lives of employees at the firm.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

100% yes if the friend would be a good fit culturally.