It was a fantastic experience. The work was dynamic and stimulating, working on pitches and deals for companies that were worth millions-billions of dollars. The team was incredibly friendly and willing to help you learn and make the most of your internship. They stressed the importance of working sustainably and efficiently, which made the entire experience feel productive and worthwhile.
Very much so. They trusted you with important work from very early on, often directly in relation to a client. The work they gave you was of high necessity, and they would ensure that you got the credit you deserved. They would also go the extra mile to include you in all relevant conversations, so you could see the results of your work.
The entire team was supportive all the way through, on a wide range of things. From small technical difficulties, to wondering how your work fits into the bigger picture, the team was readily available and willing to explain. In particular, the senior management acted as strong mentors to help guide me through my strengths and weaknesses throughout the internship.
The nature of the work commands that every day life is very busy, but this is what makes everything challenging and stimulating. You were busy with important tasks that needed to be done, and this high responsibility kept you engaged and motivated. Having said this, you certainly also had time to relax and rewind after some busier periods.
A lot of responsibility was given to me. With a lot of the juniors away for the summer, often the responsibility lay on me to proactively solve problems and get in contact with the relevant people to keep the deal moving ahead. I was often the sole junior on a project, and this gave me a good experience of what it would be like to actually work as a junior at the firm.
The skills developed through this internship will be useful for life. I learnt a lot of technical skills on ECM products and the market, and it inspired me to be more engaged and up to date with daily news. I developed a whole range of soft skills as well, to better interact with colleagues in the future.
Within my team the atmosphere was very friendly. People took the time to have casual chats with you, and they took a personal interest in being your friend as well as your work colleague. There was always positivity and enthusiasm, which meant that you always felt motivated and enjoyed the work that you did.
The overall process was very well run. The timetable and logistics were very well co-ordinated and communicated, and very rarely if at all did we ever experience delays or cancellations. With the UBS building, locations were very convenient and clearly signposted, and the process was never confusing or unclear at any stage.
I was pleasantly surprised by how much the senior leadership invested their time into you. As long as you reached out to people, they would dedicate long periods of time to talk to you, share with you their experiences, and talk through yours so you can learn from their wisdom. Sufficient training was also provided at the start of the program.
The process was very clear in terms of what they were looking for. You got clear feedback in terms of what your strengths were and what you needed to work on, and it was never really ambiguous as to what they believed a good intern should be. The standards were very transparent, which made them a meaningful and achievable goal to work towards.
The social scene was good, with the interns having their own group chat and regularly organising drinks and nights out. The group was very close-knit, and it was easy to find someone from the intern class to go have a meal with. Even across divisions, there was good collaboration and I often went for coffee with people outside of my division.
The Broadgate Circle area is a fantastic place to socialise after work. There are a plethora of restaurants at all price points, and it was simple to go out of the office to get a drink. Being situated next to Liverpool Street station also meant that commuting was very easy, even if you lived a fair distance away.
Socialising in the Broadgate Circle area was great, as there were plenty of bars that had awesome drinks and music until late.
There was plenty of time in the weekend to allow you to get involved with activities outside of work. You could go to the gym, play sports, catch up on reading, and have meals with friends/colleagues outside of work with relative ease. There was always an attitude of maintaining a life outside work.
Internship (1-4 Months)
20th August 2018