I really enjoyed my internship at UBS. It was a really great challenge and felt like I learnt so much over the course of 5-weeks. Originally I wasn't sure how a virtual internship would work but it was organised really well with speaker talks, socials and other really useful events. In addition to that the other interns were all great and I made some really good friends during the internship. I would definitely recommend this internship.
I think for the most part I felt really valued by colleagues. All colleagues gave their time to talk to me if I asked and were really helpful in answering any questions whatsoever. Whilst it was a virtual internship, this also meant colleagues giving up considerable time to have a coffee chat with me which they were always happy to do. This was super useful in helping me understand the business. Additionally if my team had any requests they wanted me to do they would also ask me helping me fell valued over my internship.
On most days I had a really good balance of business. In may area of work you expect to be positively challenged and I certainly was which meant most days were busy. Throughout the course of my internship I had a project to do alongside other daily activities and meetings which meant I constantly had different things to focus on to help me stay busy. Overall, I wouldn't say there was ever a day on my internship that I felt I had nothing or very little to do.
During my internship I think I was given a reasonable amount of responsibility. In particular, I was left to independently manage my time including my project and other bits of work I had to do which highlights responsibility I had. However, in the virtual environment I think it was more difficult to take responsibility on key pieces of work within the team. Overall, I think the responsibility I was given was good but could potentially have been more in a non-virtual environment.
During my internship I developed skills across a number of different area. Firstly, I feel my presenting skills improved massively - with tasks to present during a number of different weeks this gave me the opportunity to develop my skills and improve on my presenting as the internship went on. I also think the skills I learnt on the desk were invaluable and will help considerably going forward in my degree. Finally i think the professional and communicative skills I developed were also great and will be skills that I continue to develop moving forward.
I think the overall internship was organised extremely well, particularly given the circumstances. The first week we were given training to understand the company and what we might be doing before then moving onto the desks for the remaining four weeks. On the desks despite the virtual nature, we continually had different insight talks into the business which were all extremely useful. Furthermore, despite being virtual there wasn't one moment where I felt I didn't have things to be doing or getting on with which shows how well organised and successful the internship was.
Working from home
Again despite being virtual the social scene was really good under the circumstances. I frequently had calls with the other interns in my department meaning I made some really great friends. Additionally, any talks or events were really interactive and breakout rooms allowed interaction with other interns frequently. In addition to this, the department also ran a department wide quiz which was really fun, and intern musical bingo was also set up during one evening.
Placement (5-9 Months)
6th August 2020