I thought as it was virtual, the firm did a great job exposing us to many divisions within the firm and speaking to people with different backgrounds and with different titles. The sessions were insightful and informative and easy to follow and worthwhile as it gave a feel of the company.
As spring interns I thought we felt very valued as the HR representatives and our assigned "buddy" were both very active and available . They organised daily picture activities which were engaging and used to unite everyone on the virtual programme as everyone was in different parts of the world.
I think we received a lot of guidance thanks to the firms choice of assigning everyone with a "buddy" who works in the division of your interest, in order to speak to them regularly or get in touch with any inquiries. This system was very beneficial due to the fact that the programme was virtual.
The skills that will definitely help further with my degree studies and beyond are: research skills, presentation skills which include communication skills, analytical skills to name a few. These skills will not only help me in my degree studies but in any future job I will have be it with this firm or any other.
I think it was structured well as it was virtual and I thought it was great that they also took into account the fact that many have exams this period. All session were well organised, timely and were able to give the interns the best out of that session .
The general atmosphere was fantastic as all people who hosted the sessions made them very engaging and were enthusiastic leading to make the overall experience very dynamic. Also the buddy session were structured well as there was active discussion and active learning through what the analyst had to share with us.
There was a very informative recruiting session with only a handful of people at time in order to maximise the possibility of asking questions and also the project helped very much in actively interacting on a 1:1 basis with the assigned analyst.
The main aspect I learned throughout the 2 week spring insight programme was the opportunity of getting to know well the kind of people working at the firm and the culture which is intrinsic to the firm. Throughout all sessions the strong team spirit culture of the firm was accentuated.
As I previously said the I really got a feel of the firm culture and can imagine how it would be like to work there on a full time basis.
Very valuable as it helped interns confirm their career path or decide it's not exactly for them. The whole 2 weeks gave insight into the kind of job and the life you would have at the firm, confirming it is the right career path.
Simply reaching out to people we listened to in the sessions or other contacts acquired through other sessions was really easy. Everyone at the firm was very open and available to network, have a chat giving good advice and just a pleasure to meet (virtually).
I referred to the networking opportunities in the last question.
Social event opportunities clearly didn't occur due to the coronavirus pandemic situation.
In many of the sessions employees spoke about their lifestyle and in particular what they do outside of work but also how the firm organises events where it interacts and gives back to the community which sounded very interesting.
I would definitely recommend the virtual spring internship as it gives a first taste and feeling of the firm which can then be explored further and potentially used as a platform to start from.