Spring Intern at Rothschild & Co

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
London Central London and City
Review Date


About You
The Organisation
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About You

Role Description

Spring Intern including work shadowing and hearing presentations.

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I really enjoyed the depth of knowledge that the insight week provided. There's only so much you can Google about a company or firm, but having the opportunity to really learn about the different business lines in a first-hand experience was fantastic.

I also really enjoyed the people who were also on the programme, as they also made the experience fun and interactive, which I thought was great.


2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

From the first day, the HR team let all of the candidates know that we weren't competing against each other for internship places, which I think was a fantastic idea to promote as it really provided a warm environment of collaboration rather than competition.

Of course, we did not do any actual work whilst at the firm, but I think that the constant emphasis that we were here to learn reinforced HR's narrative that they wanted to do their best to provide support.


3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

HR was always on hand to answer questions (and there were many), as were the other business professionals who volunteered their time to give informal talks and presentations about their various lines of business. I don't feel like I left feeling confused about anything or any step in the recruitment process either.


4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

During the project work that we undertook during the week, I was really able to develop and make use of my research and presentation skills. The research was important because, during your career, you might be faced with a task that requires you to pore through documents which can be hundreds of pages long, and the skill of being able to go through those and pick out the necessary and useful information is invaluable.

Similarly, presenting in front of the senior panel was also an extremely useful experience as it allows you to not only work on how you verbally communicate but also how you present yourself non-verbally.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The insight was extremely well structured. We received a break down of what each day would consist of in advance, along with the allocated timings. There was a very clear flow and structure to each of the days, and apart from getting stuck in the elevator, everything went together quite seamlessly!


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?


7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

We were fortunate to receive a fantastic Introduction to Investment Banking delivered by Fitch Learning. The session was great because it worked its way up from the basics to really explain the different structures observed within investment banking, which I thought was fantastic as I don't study a finance degree, so wasn't necessarily well-versed in those topics.


8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

The insight week was a great insight into what the day to day routines of the different professionals across the range of positions was like. We were able to talk with analysts, associates, vice presidents and managing directors about what each of their roles included, along with the varying levels of responsibility.


9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?


10. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?

The insight week was invaluable in providing me with more information about careers and roles that I might possibly want to pursue in the future. Similarly, it also allowed me to get a firmer grasp of what I would and wouldn't like out of my career/company that I work for.


Other Information

11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?

The HR time organised several opportunities for us to meet, talk with and follow up with other employees at the firm. We had Afternoon Tea with senior members at the firm, along with networking lunches with analysts and associates. We were also able to do some work shadowing of some of the analysts, which provided further networking opportunities.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?


14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

I definitely would recommend this insight to a friend. I feel that I gained a real depth of understanding of not just the bank, but also the different divisions, as well as investment banking as a whole. The programme was small-ish, so that provided a really good chance to get to know people properly and make good connections also.