Summer intern- Vacation Programme for Deal Advisory. I was placed in one of the M&A teams
In only 4 weeks I was able to network and learn in a way that exceeded my already high expectations. I was placed in a team that was very supportive of my own learning goals and catered to those needs. I rarely found to be doing admin work, although there are 'boring' tasks in every job.
I felt like a real part of the team, despite being just an intern present for 4 weeks. All members, (including the most senior ones) took out time, without fail, to grab a coffee and talk more about their experiences. I am and will definitely be keeping in touch with my team
Aside from having an official 'Smart Contact', a 'Buddy' and a 'People Manager', I found that many members of the team did not hesitate to take initiative with my learning, adding value. With such an ambitious and hardworking team, the support and guidance has continued after my internship, in the form of mentorships.
My internship was in Deal Advisory and I was placed in an M&A team. I rarely found myself sitting bored and without work. I worked from 8:30am to rarely exceeding 8pm. The team would work longer than this and you could take on more work if you wished to do so.
I was so pleasantly surprised by the amount of work I could actually contribute to the team. Of course there was the odd admin job - you are an intern at the end of the day - but I was able to produce an actual document, of which I was encouraged to keep a copy!
I do Accounting and Finance so naturally, an internship in Corporate Finance was very relevant to me. I could see the application of a lot of taught concepts with real case studies. I also learned more technical skills that I had at uni; e.g looking at the Excel version as opposed to just practice questions
Mostly serious, but the team definitely knew how to had a laugh. As the best sector M&A team, they had a lot on their plate but that did not inhibit their approachability. No matter how busy, would nearly always sit down with you to go through and answer your questions
I think some of the items on the internship checklist were very general so it actually came down to how much you wanted to get involved. Luckily for me, this meant that I had more autonomy and got the chance to get engaged with the things that interested me more, ensuring I got the most out of the internship.
Everyone in the team took out an immense amount of time to educate you about the different aspects of the work, and time is the most expensive resource. There were other buddy/counsellor meetings throughout as well to ensure that you felt like your interests/needs were met. People that were not even in my team took out time to dicuss their experiences and/or teach you something
I am pretty excited to hopefully be joining full-time. I think the ACA is a brilliant qualification to obtain and everyone I met encouraged this. The career progression also seems steady. I am quite confident that a lot of responsibility would be given to anyone who showed the willingness for it
There was one at the start and at the end. The last week we were taken to a boat social with BBQ and drinks. They were good events, I would encourage taking some initiative with the other interns and I often had lunch with them as 2 events with so much time between them would not have resulted in a solid network
London is expensive, especially relative to other parts of the UK but there are free activities to do and if you had lunch at the KPMG canteen, the food would be subsidized. Major networking event costs were entirely covered by KPMG; so food and drinks were free for the 2 events
London probably has the best in the UK. Perhaps this depends on where in London you live and are willing to travel to but there are a multitude of options as to what your Friday night entails. Central London has it all really, and it is subject to your budget and personal preferences
I wouldnt really have known, as I was only there for 4 weeks but my team did not seem to be very involved with the networks. Perhaps this was a team preference but social committees and networks do exist and I have heard positive reviews for the teams that chose to get involved