Conception and creation of equity structured products.
Development of programs to price exotic FX products.
What I really enjoyed the most is the fact that people were really friendly. They were always available to help and provide advice. I learned plenty of technical skills in less than 3 months and truly I was not expecting to learn so much in such a short time period. Furthermore, what surprises me the most is the level of responsibility I had form the very beginning. It was not my first internship but clearly It is the one that stands out.
I clearly did not expect to have such level of responsibilities. From the very beginning, my manager gave two projects, and I was, therefore, the sole expert on those topics. Therefore, whenever they had some needs related to those topics I was the guy to ask. I felt so proud that my colleagues truly valued my contribution.
I had feedbacks every day and discussed the advancement of my projects with my manager to make sure I was on the right track. Also, I could ask as many questions as needed, I did not feel like I was bothering my colleagues. I even remember one day, one of my colleagues came to ask me if I was okay because I did not ask him that many questions on that day. I was really impressed by that mentality and I felt really comfortable knowing that I will have support when needed.
I was working on long term projects with sometimes some daily work to do. The main projects were taken all of my time. I had several meetings with the teams to provide them with my advancement. I was also in charge of giving a new vision to the project. So I regularly came up with new ideas. The latter ere partially added to the existing project.
I was totally in charge of two projects ( Creation of two pricers for derivatives products that were sold to clients. Whenever the topics were discussed in meeting I was the one to answer the questions. My manager gave me his full support and trust during work. I am really glad for the trust and the support he gave me.
I am studying financial engineering and during my internship, I was working on the building financial product using mathematics and computer science skills. The internship projects were totally in accordance with my studies. What was really beneficial for me was to go more in-depth in some financial products that were not that common in books. Also, I understood how traders were really working, which was quite different from the academic concepts that were taught in schools.
The atmosphere was really friendly. I got to know my colleagues in less than a week. I felt really comfortable and they made me feel that way. Also, since I am a foreigner I was happy to see that much diversity at work. Basically, we were more than 15 nationalities in a team of fewer than 30 people.
That is maybe one of the main strengths of the internship. We had so many events organized by the HR team and everything was well planned ahead. We had a schedule and the information were clear and easy to follow. Not only the organization but also the diversity of the events was amazing. I especially appreciated the community day event.
It is another strength of the program. We have basically everything needed to gain knowledge very quickly. From the 1-week training ahead of the internship to the online ressources that are provided to learn more about financial markets. Furthermore, we had almost every desk that was working on a specific product ( equity, fixed income ), organize a 2 hours session to provide us with answers on anay question we may have about their work area.
It was clearly stated how you can evolve within Citi. What was interesting is that since the company is strong in so many different products we could navigate between them. Also, a strong global brand enables us to travel between countries. In fact, I remember in one of the events, an executive told us that the best way to truly enjoy the experience at Citi is to see it as a means to explore many countries and regions.
We really get along thanks to common projects we had during the internship. We created our own group and meet a lot after work and during the weekend. It was nice to see this kind of camaraderie among fellow students. I was expecting more of a competitive spirit but I found great friends.
I was living 10 minutes away from work in Canar Wharf. It was cheaper than expected. Even though some restaurant were quite expensive, the fact that there was plenty of choices enables us to reduce the cost. It is mainly an area for work so for socializing, I would have to go more in central London. Still, you feel a specific atmosphere in Canary Wharf that I really enjoyed.
I usually do not enjoy the nightlife. But for some fellow colleagues, I got the feeling that the area was more about having a healthy life, with daily training after work rather than going to bars after work. I feel that the area is really work focused and the nightlife is more suited for specific days otherwise it will be too much time-consuming.
It was a short internship with very intense work. So there were not that many opportunities to do so apart from some organized events or dinners that I appreciated a lot. I think it is really difficult to manage time between the work we had and organizing frequent events after work that may consume too much time.