1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
This summer internship was the best experience I have ever had. It was very intense, but I have learnt so much in such a short period of time. In addition, I met amazing people and it completely changed the way I see the banking sector.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Within both of my rotations, I felt involved and valued by my team. They were sincerely looking for teaching me a lot of things: each of them took at least one time slot to explain me both the business and financial concepts and gave me super interesting projects.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Both of my teams gave me great support and guidance. During my first rotation, I had the opportunity to interact directly with the top management and during the second one, it was with more junior people. I learned a lot from both of them and I am super happy that I have been offered the chance to experiment both situations.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was busy on both of my rotations but the rhythm was not the same: on the first one, I had long-term projects so a lot of work but no pressure and on the second one, I had several daily tasks that I had to complete with tight deadlines which I found great because I had the chance to experiment the fast-pace environment.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
During my first rotation I saw they were interested in the news I sent them related to their business and sometimes it really helped because they did not have enough time to look for much material on their own. And during my second rotation, I had daily tasks that they were using directly sending to their client right after I completed it, so I felt that I was given a lot of responsibility.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I had the opportunity to understand all the theoretical financial things I learnt at university and feel that I have learnt in ten weeks much more than I have ever learnt at university in terms of financial markets knowledge. So I am sure the skills I developed will help me a lot in the future.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere in the office was great. I particularly enjoyed the fast-paced environment and the fact that I could see directly how the market reacted to news. In addition, even if people were often in a rush, they were all very kind and willing to help in case I needed anything.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The whole internship was very well organised. First, HR took into account our preference in terms of rotations. Then they informed us about every meeting in advance and made sure all of them was starting on time. They were also always making sure we attended the meeting and even the Trading Game was very well organised.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company dedicated the first week of the summer internship in offering us a training - that includes providing us with an overview of the financial markets, the business, and all the technical aspects such as how to use Bloomberg or Citi research website. On top of that, they also took time to teach us how to introduce ourselves to people in order to get to know as many people as possible.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Future employment prospects are very appealing. Evidence of this lies in the fact that almost all the summer interns are looking for getting the full time job offer and all people I met who were currently part of the graduate program are all super happy and willing to help us get the job offer too.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, there was a great ambiance amongst all the summer interns. Thanks to all the events organised by the HR (the training week, Trading Game, and all the networking events), we met the whole group very quickly and it enabled us to see each other even during the weekend and you could always find someone to help you if you needed anything.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It was very easy to socialise in the area I worked in as people were all willing to know me and providing me with explanations both on the financial side and on the business side. Indeed, even if sometimes they were in a rush, they always proposed to reschedule and were always happy with the idea of taking a coffee with us.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
So at the beginning of the week, people were going to the gym after work. And then at the end of the week, teams were used to organise drinks or dinner and always proposed us to come which was a great opportunity to get to know them more outside the office.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, there were many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work. First, we had the Trading Game. Then we had a lot of networking events outside the office and on top of that we had the Citi Community Day which was also a great opportunity to work with the other interns for a nice cause in a park.