Enjoyed the internship a lot, the company did an amazing job switching to a virtual format, I still felt like i was a part of the firm and learnt a lot in the shorten 5 weeks at JP Morgan. The structure of the program kept me busy with projects and gave me time to network with senior members which was great, everyone I spoke to was welcoming and gave me great advice. The bank had so many great benefits and the fantastic development of their junior employees is one of them so it was a pleasure to be a part of the bank for the 5 weeks.
We had a lot of group projects throughout the internship so I was working with my fellow colleagues quite a lot. Everyone was friendly and we all worked well together, there was no feeling of competition, everyone was trying to achieve the overall targets of the project which was good to see. The atmosphere within all interns was very good and everyone was positive despite the virtual setting. JP Morgan did a good job of matching the groups together.
The great support was one of the best parts of the internship in my opinion, we had constant meetings and 1 to 1's with our 2 managers and also our project advisor which help me a lot. They gave us support on our projects and also gave us a lot of advice on our induvial aspirations in terms of what teams we felt we could see ourselves working in. The experience of my managers also helped as they were able to put me in touch with other senior people within the bank that I was able to network with also.
The balance of the internship was good in my opinion, i had enough time daily to network with employees as well as completing the work that I had and to attend the group events held by HR. I did have to do some work on the weekends sometimes, but this was because I was trying to get ahead and make sure i exceeded expectations. The projects towards the end got a bit intense as deadlines were fast approaching, however that's the nature of the industry to be honest.
The projects we had to complete in our groups had a decent amount of responsibility, one of the projects was working with a non profit which was certainly quite exciting. to get that kind of exposure to an external business was definitely valuable for me as an intern. I also had the responsibility of pitching my ideas to senior members of the bank which was good for me to gain further experience on presentation skills. We also had the individual responsibility to plan out days how we wanted to, in regard to meetings and networking events.
The only real skills I developed in my opinion was teamworking and networking skills, as we were not really placed in an actual team, i felt that if we were in a normal environment and we were in the office I would have learnt more but in the virtual environment teamworking and networking skills are the only skills I feel I developed. The training we received prior to the internship was mostly on topics I already knew from individual learning so I didn't learn much in that aspect.
We were not in the office due to Covid 19 so would not be able to comment on that.
Very well organised, due to covid 19 we had the internship virtually which meant HR had to make a lot of changes in a short space of time to make the 5 week internship work. However they did an amazing job in structuring the programme in the way that they did. we had daily events with junior analysts and q and a sessions where we could ask as many questions as we wanted. We also had numerous diversity sessions and other sessions with the different employee groups at JP Morgan. We then had our 2 group projects that we worked on constantly through the internship which kept us busy.
Good in my opinion, they had numerous industry training that we had to complete, although it did not teach me anything new, for others without a finance background it helped them a lot. Coming from a finance degree I knew a lot of the pre requisite knowledge and terminology so I was good in that regard. It was still obvious that the firm was investing a lot of effort in me and other interns equally which was good to see.
Working from home
After the internship I was able to convert and get an offer which I quickly accepted. It really seemed like a great bank to work for even though I was only at the bank for 5 weeks. The culture is the best part of the bank for sure, everyone that I spoke to from the bank was very friendly and offered great advice, I am definitely looking forward to re-joining the firm after graduating from university next year!
I would say it was decent, JP Morgan did as much as they could with the virtual environment, it would have been a lot better if we were able to meet with our colleagues in the office.
Stayed at home so saved a lot of money on transport so that was handy.
No night life as we had a virtual setting
I felt that there was a decent level of opportunities to get involved outside of work, HR tried to include a lot of social events which was at times fun but the virtual working conditions did not really help but they did try their best to make it as fun as possible. Other opportunities mostly just included networking, which we had to organise ourselves but we had the freedom to speak to as many people as we saw fit.
Internship (1-4 Months)