Summer Virtual Intern at NatWest Group

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Duration
Virtual Experience
Region
Edinburgh Scotland
Review Date
Salary
£20,000 - £21,999
Roles
Banking/Finance

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8.4/10

The Role
8.5
Organisation
6.2

Socialising

9.2

About You

Role Description

10 week summer virtual intern

1. To what extent did you enjoy the virtual experience?

I really enjoyed my virtual internship with the NatWest Group. I networked with interns and graduates as well as contributed in lots of activities being organised. The NatWest Group really supported us through this challenging time and tried their best to help us to develop. I believe that I developed both my technique skill and soft skill through this internship and think that I am more prepared than before for the business area I want to work in.

9/10

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

There are always opportunities provided for us to ask questions and contribute in different activities. We always have chances to talk directly with managers and graduates. I think my ideas were valued and respected for all the time. Challenges to support the charity were also organised, which I believe that I really did something meaningful during this short-period. I really built my confidence and knowledge through this virtual internship as well as feel valued during this time with the NatWest Group.

8/10

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

Before the internship starts, I received guidance and support from my assigned buddy, the company portal website, the NatWest newspaper and phone calls from the hr.
During the internship, we are provided chances to talk directly with mangers and graduates, my assigned buddy also help me through the whole process, online survives are also taken after every session.
There are email addresses and phone numbers provided for emergency questions as well.
Through the whole process, I believe that I am supported very well.

9/10

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

Technique Skill: There are one week's sessions organised specially for developing my technique skills for the specific business area I applied. Mangers and graduates taught us directly, inspiring us and answering our questions. I believe that these skills I learnt would really benefit my future career.

Soft Skill: There are one week's sessions organised specially for developing soft skills. Speakers were invited from other companies outside the NatWest Group. These skills learnt will benefit both my life and career.

8/10

The Organisation

5. How well structured was the virtual experience?

The virtual internship was well organised during this challenging time. We were provided with opportunities to develop our soft skills and technique skills as well as take part in lots of online activities, such as, virtual room escaping, virtual meditation session and virtual quizzes. I networked with lots of people from different programmes and created a lot. Challenges to support the charity were also organised and my team had well worked together to fund arise. I really enjoyed the virtual experience.

8/10

6. How was the general atmosphere during your virtual experience?

Everyone was supportive and energetic through the virtual experience. The general atmosphere was very good.

9/10

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

Technique Skill: Managers and graduates coached us directly with skills we need for the business are we applied for. We had chance to talk directly with them, asked questions and networked with them.
Soft skill: Coaches were invited outside the NatWest Group to teach us soft skills we need for the future career. We had chance to talk directly with them, asked questions and networked with them.
The company also organised different virtual events for us to network

8/10

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

Because this internship is virtual, we did not get involved in projects or do something very business related. This is a pity.
But I am glad that this internship was still organised virtually instead of being cancelled. We did have sessions and events with managers and graduates, who explained us the company culture, current transformation, latest technologies, daily life and skills needed. Based on that, I think I can make more preparations for the future.

7/10

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

We have specific sessions on explaining the culture of the company and different departments. They are very helpful. We had chance to talk directly with speakers, asked questions and networked with them as well as other interns.
I really like the culture of the company and different departments. I believe that in such a company, I will be valued, my ideas will be respected and I will also have the max opportunity to develop myself.

8/10

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

Because the internship was held virtually, I did not have chance to take part in specific projects or business related work. This is a pity as I did not see the daily work directly.
However, lots of content was shown to provide us a view of future career path and daily work life. Managers and graduates also showed us their previous career experience. These were very helpful and help me to build an understanding of the career path.

7/10

Other Information

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

The internship should be 10 weeks in Edinburgh, however because of the pandemic, the internship was changed to happen virtually and became 4 weeks. But we are still paid 10 weeks with a little bit of reduction. Tax and other payments were also being responsible for.
I am very happy with this result. As,
1. The internship continued to happen instead of being cancelled.
2. The payment is very good, although it has been cut a little bit, I think it is reasonable as we just worked 4 weeks.

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

There are lots of sessions and virtual events organised between interns, grandaunts and managers. We had lots of chances to talk with different people and help each other.
The events being organised were very interesting, such as, virtual room escaping, virtual meditation and virtual quizzes. We had chance to built both teamwork and network through these activities.
I really enjoy the virtual internship and the network with other people. I really learnt a lot from them.

10/10

13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

very interesting

10/10

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

yes, some

7/10

15. Would you recommend this virtual experience to a friend?

of course

10/10

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