Spring Intern at Goldman Sachs Group

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Duration
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Region
London Central London and City
Review Date
Salary
Less than £ 10,000
Roles
Banking - Investment

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Goldman Sachs Group is a Top Employer

9.6/10

About You
10.0
The Organisation
10.0
Everything Else

8.8

About You

Role Description

Spring Intern at Goldman Sachs.

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

Given that the insight event was virtualised, I think the programme was still extremely interactive and covered a lot of ground - especially through the buddy system. This made it more engaging than insight programmes which only offered divisional presentations, as you had a point of contact within the firm who had already went through the process, who you could ask questions to and get feedback from.

Pairing you with someone from the industry was probably the most enjoyable part of the spring.

10/10

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2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

There was a lot of effort made to make you feel included; for instance through the buddy system. This made it more engaging than insight programmes which only offered divisional presentations, as you had a point of contact within the firm who had already went through the process, who you could ask questions to and get feedback from.

Also, we were assigned a project to complete, which meant the insight programme wasn't purely passive - there was a level of technical work to complete and learn from.

10/10

3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

Again, the buddy system came in useful here - mine was very responsive to emails and helpful even when asking tangential questions (e.g. questions not directly relating to the project we were given, but also topical news).

Moreover, HR made the effort to give us 'Recruiter Open Hours', where we could ask questions about summer applications.

10/10

4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I thought this spring programme was more academic than most, as we were assigned a project to present to our buddy (along with two other people who were assigned the same buddy). Having an audience to present to meant that we could get instantaneous feedback, as well as learn from other spring interns.

This meant I was able to practice skills such as reading financial reports, basic accounting, and Excel, which will all undoubtedly feed into my studies.

10/10

The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

I thought the insight programme was well structured; spanning two weeks, there was a good balance between depth and breadth of sessions offered. For instance, even though my spring was for the Investment Banking division, I was able to attend panel events for other divisions, such as Global Markets and GIR.

In this way, I was able to understand Goldman's 'One Goldman Sachs' culture more deeply, as I could see how different divisions supported and linked with one another.

10/10

6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

I thought the general atmosphere was great - there was a good mix between support and pushing me to perform better in projects, group calls, and panel events. There were also some events focused on wellness and wellbeing, which I thought was a nice touch as it wasn't purely academic.

10/10

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7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

We were issued a project to complete over the two weeks for our specific division. Mine was to evaluate LVMH's acquisition of Tiffany & Co. from the sell-side, or target's perspective, looking to see whether LVMH has over or under-paid for Tiffany. I thought we were given sufficient time to research and fully prepare a ~8 minute presentation, and I really valued the opportunity to field questions as it helped me see where gaps in my learning were.

10/10

8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

Having access to a buddy who, coincidentally, is in the industry and product group that I wanted to work in (TMT M&A), meant that the buddy system was extremely useful to me. Having a preliminary call with the rest of my group meant we could find out more about the role 'direct from the source', and the small groups meant we all had a chance to ask questions.

10/10

9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?

The various panel events across many different divisions helped me to understand the team-based culture that Goldman upholds, which can be applied across teams, cities, and countries. I thought that every panel event touched heavily upon the ability of Goldman to balance being a large bank, with a flat and friendly structure - you can approach anyone for questions.

10/10

10. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?

This programme allowed me to decide which areas of finance I wanted to go into, because it had panel events which were for other divisions which I hadn't applied for. This meant I could easily compare and contrast the work of different analysts across divisions and within divisions in order to see what suited me best. Therefore, I really valued the opportunity to learn, for instance, what GIR was, and how it differed to my chosen division - IB.

10/10

Other Information

11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

I was paid for this experience.

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?

Although the event was virtualised, there was still plenty of people to speak to. Aside from the buddy system, you could have gone to panel events and asked questions directly, or asked HR certain things through the Recruitment Open Hours.

10/10

13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

Although the event was virtualised, there was still plenty of people to speak to. Aside from the buddy system, you could have gone to panel events and asked questions directly, or asked HR certain things through the Recruitment Open Hours.

5/10

14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?

During the Q&A and introductions many employees told us about their life outside of work; for instance, joining sports teams with co-workers, and cooking. It's clear that Goldman supports workers in numerous endeavours, including with groups which centre around supporting ethnic minorities and women.

10/10

15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Yes I would recommend this insight to a friend, I think given that it was virtual, it was as interactive as it could have been. There was a good balance between depth and breadth of sessions, as well as a nice attempt to networking on a more personal level through Open Hours and the buddy system.

10/10

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