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I have completed internships with various industries before. And I must say that this one definitely stood out as the best one I have ever had. Some of the projects I have been involved in, exceeded my expectations of what I could be exposed to as an analyst and this was just one of the major factors that affected this grade. Overall I can compare this experience to my friends completing their internships at other banks and I believe that MUS, while keeping this program extremely selective is actually one of the best in the industry in terms of the opportunities the actual program presents to its participants. You get exposure to really senior people but at the same time no one makes you feel inferior at any one point, everyone is really open and engaged in making this experience a time to remember for life.
My manager has been an extremely pleasant person to work with. She was able to really help me get the most out of myself in my everyday role and kept encouraging me to learn and improve further, appreciating every effort I have put into achieving the goals we have set up for the program. I think the most rewarding experience was seeing how your work contributes to the success of a bigger project and how your input is creating value for the company in that sense. And that is something I have not really expected to achieve as an intern. Yet once you prove you are able to cope with multiple projects, the work you are doing could really make a difference and I think that is something that most people strive to achieve with their work.
As above, my manager was really an outstanding person. I have never had a manager that would take that much of interest in me and be able to support me in such a way. In the end your everyday work will depend a lot on the person you are working with directly and being entirely honest I have never worked in an environment as friendly as at MUS. The work itself could get quite intense and I think the good work atmosphere and knowing that there are always people there to help you, helps you get a good grasp at your work and feel good about it. While a stressful atmosphere at work, could negatively impact both your work and your personal wellbeing.
The workload can get quite intense for an intern. Especially that there is so few of us and everyone asks you to do projects for them, even really senior people and I personally found it great. There is no pressure, you can always say no to someone, should you not be able to take on a new project. Once I took on more and more projects I started staying in at work more, but essentially no one ever expects you to do "the hours", there is no pressure at all for the dreaded by interns "face time". I found that the only times where I was staying late at work, were due to the fact that I wanted to challenge myself more and achieve even more with my work. And this on its own - the ability to choose your own hours and the independence you are given was also one of the big advantages of this program.
Because the company is relatively small (for an investment bank) the amount of exposure you get to senior people is really hard to compete with. Basically you are being treated as a person, rather than an intern. I can imagine that if you would be doing poorly people would not try and put an additional strain on you. But if you feel ready to take on more challenging projects they are there for you. Again comparing my internship with my friends working at other banks, where they would not be able to speak with their manager freely, let alone an executive director etc. I found this ability to work with very senior people really incomparable, especially because of how much you learn and improve while doing so.
I am studying economics at one of the leading Uk Universities and yet I don't think that we are being taught a lot of skills that we can then utilise in a workplace and vice versa. It certainly did give me an incredibly better understanding of the finance world. but I think those skills are not really attributable to academia. However.. Those are the exact skills employers are looking for in students and ones which are really hard to gain not having worked in an investment bank. I feel that having completed this internship puts me in a really good place to begin my career within investment banking next year. Those are the skills that ultimately can help you achieve what you have always wanted to achieve in your career life. I am personally extremely happy that I have chosen this internship over summer internships at other investment banks, it was a hard decision to make but after those 10 weeks I can really say that coming to work here was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
Friendly, yet open to a challenge. You become an integral part of the community very easily and coming to work is actually a pleasant activity. I must say that I have never been a part of such an amazing community. We would hang out with my colleagues from work quite a lot after work and being honest here I did make some really good friends on the way with both other interns as well as people from work, that I was working with every day.
I think that not only HR but also my manager put a lot of effort into structuring this internship. This company is really trying to have you make the most out of your time in MUS. And once you get an internship, you feel that this is the kind of company that really cares about its workers and their development, we were encouraged to reach out to people from all over the business and gain an understanding of the way each business unit operates in the company.
Just as above. You feel that they care about the people they have selected to complete the program and not only do they invest in your professional development with the actual trainings on various topics, which were amazing by the way - in a week we have covered a couple of months of study at uni. But they also invest a lot of time into getting to know you, as a person, what your areas of interest are, where you want to develop and what you want to do.
Sports and Social Club
Very appealing, I think this internship for one, let us get to know the realities of working at an investment bank. In a way you are basically doing the work you would be expected to do as an analyst in a years time and I think if you enjoyed the experience, just as much as I did, you will want to come back to MUS and work for them after.
We went out together and socialised a lot, given that the intern group was rather small we really had a chance to meet each other individually and became good friends with a couple! Everyone is really open to making friends here and really a time out from uni in a new city becomes less of a challenge if you know other people in a similar situation to yours!
Central London is always expensive, but you can get a couple of fairly good valued apartments in say east end, or like Stratford etc, which are under 30 minutes of commute. I guess the cost of living in London really depends of what you expect form your accommodation and how well you do in researching the best place to live in.
Central London, means very much one of the best night outs in the world for me. You also get to go out with all your friends doing internships / already working for other investment banks, so for me definitely super convenient as most of my friends ended up in London after all.
There were a lot of socials - roughly 2 general ones every month, but also a lot of smaller incentives where you would go out with a couple of colleagues from work. Or sometimes even spend a weekend together, which was great really as it shows that people are genuinely friendly at work and not just doing it for work. I think generally MUS is really good at selecting people and that is where that is coming from.
Internship (1-4 Months)
Banking - Investment
Central London and City