Working across two rotations with the Global Banking Division at Liverpool Street London. My main roles involved pulling together presentations, building models and research deals and companies. Some of which would go to some high level management within the company. This is done whilst attending a number of social, networking, and learning sessions to build relationships and deepen understanding.
This is a very well structured program, that has been carefully thought through to ensure that the interns get the most out of the opportunity. Every effort is made to ensure you are always supported, and I would fully recommend this internship. However, banking is long hours, and you do need to commit yourself to it - that is the same in all financial insitutions.
Most people are very approachable, and will always offer to help. I found it easy to regularly arrange meetings wtih various people, from different levels fo seniority for Q&A sessions and personal development. They valued my work, and trusted me to do the job.
Your line manager, desk manager, HR and buddy were always there for support, and I never felt lost for guidance.
Some days I would be very very busy, whereas others I would be very quiet. It depended on the market, and the amount of work the team had. There was a certain element of facetime, and maybe a project throughout would help to ensure you were always busy.
At some points I was given alot of responsibility, and teams trusted my opinion and left me to do my own work.
Through the learning sessions, networking/charity events and opportunities to speak to various people across the organisation, and I really feel my leadership and interpersonal skills have dramatically improved. There is a very big jump from university life to life in a international business, and this internship helps to plug that gap. I also feel as though I have good foundation knowledge of how the banking sector operates.
Some departments are alot more relaxed than others, but on general I found everyone to be very approachable and outgoing.
Everything had been considered, and planned. It was a very easy process even with a huge range of activities on going at the same time.
"Lunch and Learn" sessions were set up twice a week, and also paid training events in bloomberg, FactSet and other key programs.
I was also regulatly invited to department learning sessions.
I find out on friday! This is one of the best banking organisations in the market, people are friendly, and you will be well looked after, however banking as an industry is a very big commitment, and you will be expected to work very long hours, and weekends.
Everyone got on well, and there was more than enough social events and team building sessions for relationships to be built.
London is an expensive place, however our pay compensated this.
Expensive! But generally good.
The charity programme is very good, and well planned. You have a charity event in your first week, and then a challenge that ran throughout the internship.
Internship (1-4 Months)
Banking - Investment, Banking/Finance
Central London and City
31st August 2011
Less than £ 10,000