One week internship
I loved the experience of being into banking. It connects you with brilliant fellows and workers in a high-profile company. The days of my internship were a continuum discovery and, although to keep on top of everything is not easy, I would definitely recommend this experience.
I felt valued all the way through my experience. Seniors and the HR were extremely kind and genuinely interested in our opinions and points of view. Analysts were kind and available to any question we might have had.
Everything was perfectly set and on-time, with info on how to reach locations/how to prepare for activities which was detailed and exhaustive. In terms of specific formation, I arrived there not knowing anything about banking and at the end of the week I had learned so many things!
I do a non-finance-related degree. However, my degree is based on Sustainable Development which, from abroad point of view, includes every business (the financial one as well). For sure I’ve learned to push myself to my limits and give my best; this is a skill I will have for life.
Extremely well. Through different activities they built up our knowledge on the company and industry step-by-step. Even if you did not know anything before, by the end of the week you would feel enriched and more mature.
Everyone was trying to make us interns have the best experience. I would definitely recommend the company for the great opportunities they gave us (networking, panel discussions, desk-shadowing). Among the interns, the atmosphere was competitive but never too much. I made some good friends.
The formation process was great for personal growth. We have been offered free lunches and dinner, even a breakfast, to use as opportunities to network with each other and with analysts and seniors. Moreover, through desk shadowing, we have been presented to a wide and variegated number of people, all of which told us something inspiring.
The first two days were introductory, so every question we might have had was answered professionally and exhaustively. Most of all, desk-shadowing is what made us realise what it means to work in the company. We have been assigned to 3 different divisions and have had the chance to ask, see and take note.
Many discussions, talks and panels were about the company’s culture. This has been very helpful to understand the values that are prioritized and the general approach. However, I understand that it is a high pressure environment in which sometimes the values might be less important than performance-related behaviour.
Before entering the programme I had no idea of what I wanted to do. The insight week helped me to understand that working in a bank would be something I am extremely interested in, at least for now. It helped me understand what it means and I am grateful for that.
The company reimbursed us for travel costs, paid for our Hotel Accommodation and paid each of us 500£.
Since the first days, the opportunities have been so many. Informal networking in a bar, two sessions of formal networking, possibility to ask questions in panel discussions, talk to analysts and managers during the desk-shadowing sessions.
The socials were well structured. Especially on the first day, we had a lot of opportunities to meet each other in an informal way. Moreover, the provision of an App dedicated to the programme helped us to get in touch and know each other better.
Especially in the well-being panel session, a lot of importance has been given to the importance of extra activities (gym, yoga) and how much the company supports them. They are planning to open a well-being centre into the building in the future, as well.
Even if you are not sure about banking, this is an opportunity not to miss. The environment is competitive, pushes you through your limits and helps you to confront with extremely intelligent people. The intensity of the five days is definitely worth it compared to the amount of knowledge (both technical and soft-skill related) that you will achieve.