Technology Intern at Bank of America Merrill Lynch
I found the virtual internship with Bank of America was well structured, with plenty of activities and support. I never felt lost, clueless, or without something to do. I enjoyed the many different projects we had, as well as the networking opportunities. I also learned a lot about the company and the way it operates across the many different lines of business. I felt like the people of Bank of America put in a significant effort to ensure we would have a good virtual experience.
I felt like all Bank of America employees with which I had interactions, as well as all other interns with which I worked on various projects, made a conscious effort to make the virtual internship experience feel as much as possible as a face-to-face experience in a physical Bank of America office.Everyone was very supportive and tried their best to ensure that I got the most out of my time at the company. I never felt like I was 'just there' or 'trying to pass time'.
During my virtual internship experience, I was constantly aware of the extensive and easily reachable support network I had access to. Everyone was more than happy to answer questions and provide guidance. There were many cases Bank of America employees and interns alike proactively reached out to me to ensure that I was doing well, to help me out, or to answer any queries I might have had. At no time did I feel lost or like I don't know who to talk to.
Given the time constraints of the virtual internship at Bank of America, I was surprised by the fact that our mentors were able to successfully take us from 'zero to hero' in Python, Data Science, simple statistical models, and Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning. I was more impressed by the soft skills which we got the chance to learn: time management, conflict de-escalation, presentation construction, public speaking, business writing, cybersecurity literacy and many many more.
The virtual internship at Bank of America was structured well. The first few weeks mostly consisted of training activities, and towards the end of the internship, training sessions were slowly phased out in favour of more practical project work. True to business life, we had to manage our own business hours and juggle work for multiple projects which took place at the same time effectively. I would have preferred to see fewer training session and more project work during the first few weeks.
Given the virtual nature of the internship experience at Bank of America, I felt like everyone, both interns and employees alike, made a conscious effort to keep up a friendly and inclusive working environment and to make social interactions feel as much as a real-life face-to-face in-office interaction as possible. We were incentivized to reach out and talk to people, find out about what they do, and ask questions. Everyone was keen to answer our questions and help us out any way they could.
There were many opportunities during my virtual internship at Bank of America to engage in personal training and development activities. We had access to a huge virtual knowledge hub containing content in various formats on many different topics spanning many different fields. There were also many events and training sessions that focused on selected personal development activities, like public speaking or business writing. Besides this, I felt like the project opportunities we had were great ways for interns to further refine some soft skills like presentations, teamwork and virtual cooperation.
During my time at Bank of America, I took part in sessions that discussed how each individual line of business operates and how they interact with each other. We also got to take a look at how support functions operate and how they help the various business flows. Finally, I got the chance to take part in some day-to-day activities my team conducts, which was a great way to see how life in the business takes place.
Company culture is very important to Bank of America. This became clear to me after taking part in some of the sessions which focused on company culture. These sessions covered topics like company values, long term strategic visions, individual behaviours and many many more. I felt like a through these sessions I got a good understanding of what the culture at Bank of America is like and how it permeates through the corporate structure down to the behaviours of each individual employee.
I feel like my virtual internship experience at Bank of America gave me a very good understanding of what life is like working in the financial sector as a technology person. Given that I learned so much about this area of the business and that most of what I learned seems to point towards satisfying and long-term career prospects, I feel like I'm really considering going into fin-tech after I graduate as a Computer Science major.
I feel like I was adequately paid for my time as a virtual intern at Bank of America. That being said, for me personally the reimbursement wasn't as important as what I learned about the company culture, the business environment the way people interact with each other and the skills which are important in the work place. I gather that these are the truly valuable insights I gathered during my virtual internship at Bank of America.
Given the virtual nature of my internship at Bank of America, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that there were many networking opportunities. Virtual socials and volunteering activities took place, where you could reach out and connect to people. We also got to interact with other interns during the many different projects we had, which proved to be a very fruitful networking opportunity. Finally, we were incentivized to go out and reach out to as many people as we could, say hi, find out about what they do, and network.
The networking opportunities during my virtual internship at Bank of America were great. We were incentivized to go out and reach out to as many people as we could, say hi, find out about what they do, and network. Virtual socials and volunteering activities took place, where you could reach out and connect to people. We also got to interact with other interns during the many different projects we had, which proved to be a very fruitful networking opportunity. Overall I found that the quality of the networking events was very high.
During my internship at Bank of America, I had the chance to find out about activities that employees can undertake outside of work. This included activism groups for various social groups as well as many other activities. I found it great that there are opportunities to engage with work colleagues outside of the work environment, as this can help towards building more closely knitted relationships in the workplace. As such, if given the opportunity, I would like to join one of these organizations.
Yes, I would highly recommend my virtual internship experience at Bank of America to a friend if they would have a chance. I think that overall it was a great opportunity to learn about the business environment, explore career options, interact with interns from many different backgrounds and cultures, and network with Bank of America employees from many different business functions. As such, I feel like the experience would be extremely valuable for someone in college or at the start of their career.