I really enjoyed my virtual experience at the bank. Initially, due to the virtual nature of the internship, I thought that I would feel disconnected from the bank and not get a real sense of the values, beliefs and culture of the firm. However, I was pleasantly surprised at just how connected us interns were to every area of the bank. We were really included in every way way possible and got to really connect with many people across the bank.
I felt extremely valued. Sometimes students are worried whether or not they would be given actually meaningful work during their internship or if they’re just there for show. However, I was given very meaningful work and projects. I was constantly asked for my input and opinions and when I had something to say I was listened to and even asked follow up questions to get a deeper sense of what my perspective and opinion was.
I would say that I received a lot of support and guidance. All of the interns were assigned both a mentor and a buddy who we had weekly catch ups with. During these meetings we got to ask questions regarding how to navigate through the bank and our internship. Additionally, I was supervised by a manager who had daily catch ups with me to check in and make sure that I knew what o was doing.
For me, my internship was very insight. I got an opportunity to gain deeper insight into the world of banking as a whole and what kind of career I wanted to pursuer. I developed various skills from networking and presentation skills to data analysis skills. Also, as a result of the advice and guidance I received during my time at the firm, I have been able to know what postgraduate degree I want to study.
The internship was very well structured. From the beginning to the end, everyday was well planned out. During the times we had training, we were kept up to date on our schedule for at least three days ahead which allowed me to plan around and best maximise the time I had to accomplish other things such as networking and connecting with the bank’s network. The virtual experience was structured in such a way to allow for some hiccups that could happen at any time.
Generally, the atmosphere during the internship was quite friendly. Everyone seemed really open and welcoming. I also felt that was what really made me comfortable in the virtual experience. I never felt that anyone didn’t want me there or that I was a burden. Everyone was very willing to speak with me and give me more insight into the work they do at the bank and talk to me about their background and experience so far at the bank.
I participated in a lot of training during my virtual internship. Throughout my internship I received training to both develop both my soft and more technical skills. I then had to utilise these skills that I was thought through working on various projects and presentations. This allowed me to show the knowledge I gained from my training. The training was really great and gave me the foundation I needed to excel in the internship and I was then able to build on the skills I le Warner and apply it throughout the rest of my internship.
The virtual internship was great in giving me a sense of what a full time role at the bank would entail. I worked on important projects and it was expected of me to contribute equally to the work of my team. Sessions were arranged which allowed us to hear from current graduates and other employees about how their journey at the bank ha developed over time and what level of responsibility and work is expected at differing levels of seniority at the bank. This really gave me insight into what my career could look like if I were to return on a full time basis.
The virtual internship was great in exposing me to what type of culture exists at the firm. We had specific training to complete regarding what is expected of us as employees of the firm. Then I was able to see this culture in practice, through team meetings and working with my manager. I attended talks about the various initiatives that employees can take part in and was able to partake in some volunteering virtually. I really loved the open, welcoming and giving culture present at the bank.
I’m terms of networking opportunities, they were never scarce. From the very start I was introduced to various employees across different business lines at the bank. We were also given time to during the work day to reach out and connect with employees. The employees I spoke with would them after personally connect me to other people they felt it would be beneficial for me to speak to. This really made the process of networking a lot easier for me.
I would definitely recommend this virtual experience to a friend. During my internship I gained so much. I not only developed a plethora of skills that I will take with me as I move on in my life and career but I additionally have been able to connect and speak with so many great and kind people who have given me so much guidance and advice that has helped me understand and has given me much needed direction. I have left this experience a lot more informed and a more rounded person.
Republic of Ireland
21st August 2020