Spring Intern at Barclays

Top Employer
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Canary Wharf Central London and City
Review Date
Barclays is a Top Employer


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About You

Role Description

Insight week.

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

The 4 days were very well organised with a packed schedule. HR were kind and welcoming. We were able to meet and hear from a huge variety of personnel from across the bank in panels, networking lunches, speeches, discussions with reps. Very grateful for those who took time out from work to spend time with us.


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

Barclays devoted a huge time amount of time and resources to ensure we were able to get the best from the week. Employees at all levels took time out to work and spoke with us frequently with great enthusiasm.


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

There was always someone nearby to answer any questions. HR could answer any questions concerning the scheduling, the assessment process or simply general questions. Employees were excellent at explaining complex concepts to us.


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

This week has filled in many gaps in my knowledge concerning the industry and the job. Hopefully it will allow me to navigate studies with more focus and intent.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

A packed schedule was sent out to us before the week began. HR ensured that the timings of the schedule were followed very closely. Potentially, an insight into the research division could have been scheduled in before we were asked to give a preference. However? HR kindly accommodated a change in preference.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

All staff were very accommodating and friendly. Fellow interns were great and it made for a really fun week. The atmosphere was supportive and friendly, but also focused.


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

Many members of staff were available to talk to across the week. Overall, I feel like the firm has invested in me much more than I expected.


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?

This was achieved by the frequent discussions with current employees at all levels across the business.


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

Culture was talked about a lot and it’s aided what I believe to be a good understanding of the culture at Barclays.


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

By the end of the week I had a definite focus on one division of the bank - Research. For me, alongside meeting some great people, this has been the best outcome of the week.


Other Information

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

Barclays covered travel expenses. They offered accommodation for the week. And they paid £250 to cover other expenses acquired during the week.

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

Every lunch, staff from different divisions joined us for lunch. We had a networking drinks event one evening. And many of the scheduled activities involved opportunities to meet employees.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

Thoroughly enjoyable. Staff were very friendly and informative.


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

Staff often talked about how they balanced their work and life which was very useful to know.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Absolutely. If someone has a general interest in investment banking then this week is perfect.