Despite the virtual nature, I really enjoyed the internship, as we managed to connect with more people than we might have otherwise. We completed various projects, both across divisions and regions as well as individually. We were provided with plenty of resources and learning opportunities, and it was extremely encouraged to look into anything you found interesting, as the bank has so many resources available. There were also a few online socials which meant we could still connect to the team less formally.
My colleagues were really great at making me feel valued. We were encouraged to reach out to anyone we wanted to, whether it be across teams, divisions or even regions. No matter how senior the colleague was, they still made time for interns and made us feel part of the team. We were also able to sit in during phone meetings which helped us gain a better insight into the work differs across colleagues in a team.
I found management and supervisors to be very supportive. They were very busy, but still made time to have calls and check on what we were doing and ask any questions we had. We were encouraged to put them on the spot if we wanted to know more about anything. We also had regular calls with HR and there was also a great mentor and buddy scheme. Again we were encouraged to reach out at least once a week and they provided great support at a less senior level.
It varied. The first few weeks consisted of technical training sessions online, as well as projects. This was quite busy as the days were quite structured so we had to fit in project time where possible. We then started working within our division specific teams which was also quite busy, as we would fit in networking calls, meeting calls, manager/mentor/buddy/HR calls, and then also work on projects. However we had more room to manage our time so it depended on the day how busy you were.
There wasn't as much opportunity for responsibility this year compared to others given the virtual nature of the internship. However we still worked on multiple projects, delivered presentations, organised group meetings as well as networking calls. So our responsibilities came in a different form of making sure that we met deadlines, completed work to the best of our ability, and tried to learn as much as we could. The days could still be very hectic!
The internship was incredibly useful. I learnt about the role in greater detail than I ever could have without the internship, met amazing people and worked on and developed many skills such as teamwork in the group projects. I was also exposed to many different areas of the bank that I hadn't heard of, which has given me new areas to research, which could appear in my degree next year. It also greatly increased my confidence in myself!
We weren't physically in the office, but the atmosphere from the team was great. We had plenty of opportunities to talk to employees who were very friendly and always willing to give advice or give answers to any questions. I was able to reach out to some team members and get last minute help for projects which made me feel valued as part of the team. They did the best that they could for us whenever we spoke.
The set up was well organised especially given the virtual nature of the internship. There was some slight confusion at times, as this was a new set up for both the interns as well as the bank. However, we still had plenty of speaker sessions, calls, meetings, online resources, etc. so we didn't lose out much despite the fact that it was a new type of internship. I always had a clear plan and timetable for the day.
We had great investment in us. The first 3 weeks compromised of daily sessions on a wide variety of topics, from a wide range of employees at the bank, and also external technical training. We also had full access to the Bank of America University which had plenty of resources on a wide range of topics, including book summaries. We also had online training courses when we started, and were able to sit in calls with the team to further learn about our divisions and come up with any questions.
Working from home
Very appealing. Everyone at the bank made us feel very welcome and valued, even if they were working across the world. There is a very friendly atmosphere, and it seems like a great place to work. I had initially been nervous to work online with people I had never met, but my worries went away as soon as I started as everyone was great and welcoming. There were also a few intern socials set up which helped us connect with people in a more friendly setting.
Of course this was limited given the virtual aspect of the internship. There were a few intern socials set up which were great fun, including one set up by interns themselves. There were also a few set up within my division specifically for the team to meet the interns, which was also great fun. Group projects were also a great way to socialise, as they spanned a few weeks so you were able to get to know your team more.
Again this was limited given the virtual nature, as we were not in the office for many events to happen. However there were a few socials which were fun. There was a volunteering opportunity with debate mate which involved reverse mentoring with sixth form students, this meant that we also gained from the event. We received company wide emails to participate in events, such a 5k run to fundraise for a charity. There were also some virtual sessions with galleries, such as a self portrait drawing session.
Internship (1-4 Months)
19th August 2020