Technology intern for Deutsche Bank you are given the responsibility of working with other developers as a team but also independently whilst working on providing a range of solutions to help make the bank more efficient and innovative.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed the internship with Deutsche Bank, I personally feel as if it matched my expectations and exceeded them. I had a great time learning about the bank, its activities, and the way that it operates. Furthermore, I was provided ample opportunities to achieve the objectives and goals that I had set prior to starting the internship.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt greatly valued by my colleagues, the culture at Deutsche is really good in the sense that people make time out of their schedule in order to help you, should you require it. They also really appreciate when someone genuinely wants to learn and cares about doing their best.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
During my internship, I was given ample support and guidance from my manager and colleagues. Whilst working on the tasks that had been assigned to me, my manager took time out of her schedule to ensure that I was equipped with the knowledge and ideas to be able to move on to the next step of the project, and ensured that I was on the right track to achieving my objectives.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Coming on the technology internship from an accounting and finance background meant that I was less equipped with the knowledge to program compared to the other interns who were working on their own projects. This meant that I had to work hard to ensure that I was able to learn and get familiar with different programming languages in order to work on the projects that were assigned to me. However, even if you do have experience with programming, expect to be busy throughout the day, which honestly is a good thing as you can learn a lot and make the most out of the internship. You do get times to unwind after working hard which is nice too.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a great project right from the start of my internship after having completed the training, I feel that the responsibility of the project was just right and that I was clearly doing something that added value to my team within the bank. I was given enough freedom to be able to govern how I went about doing the project but also the guidance to ensure I was doing in the correct way all the while learning as much as I can.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I was able to develop a great number of skills during this internship, the programme is very well planned and a lot of thought was put in by the bank and it clearly shows too! I was given many different responsibilities over the internship, alongside various training too. Overall, you really do get a feel for the working life, and the skills that you develop are really transferable.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office had a relaxed working vibe in the sense that people are really welcoming and friendly. I found that my colleagues around me were always happy to help and would make time to grab a coffee with me! It was great to be given such support and to be treated like an adult.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was nine weeks where it began with one week of training and eight weeks at the desk as part of your team. The first week was well put together with many events that showed that the bank was clearly invested in us and was seeking to provide us with the chance to gain some real knowledge of the bank, the industry and a potential career too. We were also given many sessions that sought to increase and expand our skillset. At the desk, you could see that it was well organised as to what team you were allocated and how it played on your strengths and weaknesses. Overall, I would say it was done really well.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company definitely invested a great deal of time and money in to us as interns, they clearly expressed a desire to make the internship less about us working for them and more about us learning about them and seeing if we could see us working with them in the future.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I am keen to be able to work with the company again, I would thoroughly enjoy working here again, as I was provided with a great deal of responsibility considering I was only an intern there, and the company culture is really a bonus and I feel as if I fit in pretty well considering how welcoming it is.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
My favourite part about the internships I feel was definitely my fellow interns, they were a fantastic bunch that I got on with really well! We were really close and spent a great deal of time hanging out with each other before and after work, during lunches etc. and it was great to be able to have a network of people to be able to rely on and get to know. Still in touch with them even now!
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London can be pretty expensive especially compared to the rest of the UK, it can be quite costly to live and socialise in the city, however, you are compensated a very fair amount for the internship which really does make it nice to be able to have fun and live well in London.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
With my fellow interns we had a really great nightlife, there are plenty of bars, clubs, restaurants, etc. around in London that you can really make the most of during your time there. Public transport is fantastic too and provides you with an easy method of getting around in the city.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Definitely but it mainly depends on your social peer group, since DB did organise a few events (which were really fun and definitely recommend going too) but also did leave you to your own devices during the internship to get together yourselves to do things. The interns and I would get together frequently to do activities after work.