-analyse market developments and keep up with news -develop useful tools/dashboards in Excel -analyse data kin Python -chat with people to learn about different products, markets, and their jobs
-improved my Python programming skills significantly -improved my Excel skills significantly -learnt about Forex and structured products
Not much, unfortunately - most of the projects given to interns are not used by the desks. I tried to take on more responsibility myself by writing market comments, but my initiatives were largely ignored. Banking internships work more like an extended interview rather than a real job with responsibilities.
A good deal from HR and support staff, between little and very little from the desks.
A bit stressed and people didn't have much time, but that's the nature of the industry. Overall, people were responsive and helpful (particularly at the more senior level - ED and above). I liked the overall competitive nature of the teams and their desire to perform well among other banks and to offer great client service. I can attest that the teams are truly striving to do great work and serve their clients well.
It was enjoyable - I improved my technical skills, learnt a bit more about the industry, chatted to some practitioners, and got paid to do so. Overall, a good experience.
Know the kind of work you will do in the division you apply to and make sure you are passionate about it.
Internship (1-4 Months)
Banking - Investment
Central London and City
16th August 2021