Spring Intern in the Engineering Division
The programme I initially applied for was meant to be an internship, but due to the pandemic, changes had to be made. I thoroughly enjoyed the session they have for the intern, though they weren't as much as I expected, they were informative but short. We were given insight on each department (divisions)
As it was a virtual programme, I didn't feel as attached to company or truly get to absorb the culture as I would have face to face. However, each intern was partnered with an analyst throughout the programme, and our analyst gave us an insight on there experience, and the values they have picked up at the firm. My analyst connected me with other employees, and through different networks I was able to 100% learn more about the firm, their values and what makes them Goldman.
I can only speak for myself, I received the support I requested for. The analyst I was paired set up daily catch-up sessions every other day, throughout the programme, furthermore there was also a recruiter session to ask questions if we had any, in my opinion the programme was well organised in terms of support and guidance. However we never got any support on how to network virtually with employees, and that was really daunting writing emails to senior people with no direction.
The skills I received would not assist with my degree studies, but I learnt more about what life skills I need to work on and created goals for myself. You are put into different/uncomfortable setting , ie asking a question to 200+ people online, you have build things skills such as, resilience, self confidence, defeating the impostor syndrome.
It could have been better structured, but I think due to the pandemic the staff availability virtually for session was not possible . There were zoom session bidaily and task to do, so you could gain knowledge without having to be present for each zoom call, so overall it was alright, but I would have loved more things to do with the division I flagged an interest with. Also I forgot to add there was alot of independent session to work on our project.
It was good, friendly and welcoming.
I did a programme with the firm, earlier in the year which was based on personal development and career development to assists with the upcoming internship, so I was more prepared than other. At the beginning of the programme there was session on building resilience and communication, which I would class as development. Goldman Sachs, 100% invested in me, they saw my talent before I even believe in my self, and each employee irregardless on there background was willing to help, which is so supportive because they didn't have to but they wanted to. This you will notice about Goldman Sachs people want you to excel.
The programme, didnt explain much about full time role and what it is like, you had to have the initiative to ask the question about grad role, how it work. How are you put into division, but they did analyst did give us insight on there what the first 6 months is like and the changes to expect from being a student to now a GS employee.
I done alot of pre-reading and watching YouTube video to get some insight beforehand, and what you hear is what you get. They are very big on collaboration, automation, competitive and proactive, but I also got an insight onto their social impact initiative through the programme, I would class that as their culture, because they want to give back.
The content was not helpful, but the network I made with employee through the programme was essential, in learning more about the sector and the range of roles that are available. As the programme was not divisional, I was exposed to different areas of the business that I would not have considered as a career option, but after the programme I have done more research into it.
There were if you asked for it, I already knew a few employees from an insight day I attend prior to this programme, with the added element of being on virtual internship, these employees were more than willing to connect me with different areas of the business. Also there were bi-daily session with other employees and a Q&A session.
There were no social event neither networking event, as there were too much of us on the programme. if they attempted a networking session it would have lasted 3 hours in order for everyone to have a say and speak to at least 2 people, so it would have been impractical. But there was the ability to network with the employer on the zoom session during the Q&A session, as they were more than willing to connect on Linkedin, so there were opportunities to take if you were bold
I found out about about the social network within the firm within the firm,such as the women network and the LGBTQ+, that employee are introduce to when they start. These network sometimes gather outside of working hours and get to travel, which is so exicting, it sort of mirrots university society culture but in a professional setting
Yes, I want more BME background to feel confident enough to apply,