Deutsche Bank investment banking - CIB: Corporate Finance
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The Deutsche Bank internship programme has been running for numerous years now, which leads it to be pretty organized. Goals and timelines are clearly defined, and everything is made in order to show interns all aspects of the bank.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My team organized various events together, which really helped to integrate all interns.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Each intern was assigned a buddy within their team, as well as a mentor. On top of that, all analysts I encountered were always ready to help out when needed.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Work fluctuated between some really busy and really empty days. This is mitigated by the presence of a staffer who oversees what everybody is working on, but it is always difficult to manage the two extremes.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Quite a fair amount. Interns were staffed on full projects instead of just performing ad-hoc tasks.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I don't think these skills were help a lot in my studies, but they will definitely help in my future work and career.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was quite tense at first, as everybody was very busy. Efforts were made to welcome interns but it was a little difficult at first to find our place. It got better after a few weeks.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Very organized, which regularly networking/training sessions organized all along the internship, which made our schedule nice and complete. We did and saw a lot in only 9 weeks.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Definitely a lot. There was never a lack of training sessions!
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Employment prospects are very appealing, in the sense that the internship is really made to find future employees and a lot of resources were directed to us in order to make us feel welcomed and make us want to come back. Evolution and flexibility within the company is also greatly encouraged.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Everybody was eligible for an offer, meaning there was no competition and people were very open and friendly. That was very nice.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London is very expensive, but then again it was not a surprise and the salary definitely allows to live properly.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The City of London has very poor nightlife at weekends, but then the rest of London is very vibrant.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I believe there were, but as a corporate finance intern there was limited time for activities outside work.