I was assigned a project from the start so day-to-day work generally involved a large chunk of solo project work. This work required a high level of coding so most of my day is spent coding in python. In addition, I would have frequent meetings with my team to provide an overview of their work and they would set smaller projects related to this. Additionally, I would have meetings with different business representatives to get a feel for certain other roles within the bank.
The main noticeable improvement for me was in my programming skills. Although I was able to code in python prior to this internship, the continued use of it over the past few months has increased the efficiency and style of scripts and allowed me to explore alternative functionality within modules to what I was previously used to. My knowledge of finance has increased generally due to the provided training sessions and constant exposure. Another development which I have found is my ability to solve problems for myself before needing to ask for help. This development has definitely been enhanced by the virtual working conditions.
The main bulk of my work was on my own project which was almost entirely self directed. Within this, I was given the freedom to explore particular areas of research which I considered relevant and interesting and attempt to incorporate them into my project. On the other hand, if I were to need help or advice, my team were more than happy to provide assistance. Arranging meetings and networking was also often my own responsibility.
As previously mentioned, the work was self-directed but if I required any opinions on what I had done or suggestions on what areas of research to look into next, my team and various other individuals were all wiling to help. I also received much support from the Grad Recruitment team who provided quick responses to any email I sent their way. They would be good at reaching out and keeping us up-to-date with issues such as the work from home guidance.
Despite the virtual working conditions, the culture within the company was still apparent. When reaching out to new people and to ask to hear more about their work or to ask for advice, everyone was more than happy to have a virtual coffee and chat. When in the office, it was good to see it was a friendly environment. We also heard from multiple of the internal networks around diversity and inclusivity in the workplace, supporting the respectful culture.
I have very much enjoyed my internship experience. It has been interesting to explore different roles within the industry and I have particularly enjoyed the project I was set and the ability to explore relevant areas which I found interesting. In addition, despite the general virtual working conditions, the internship has been well organised. I also had the opportunity to work in the office for a few days which was great to finally meet my team and some of the other interns in that setting.
My advice for the applications would be to firstly describe in reasonable detail their relevant experience, be that previous internships or particular modules within their degree that are applicable to the role. For the interviews I would advise preparing general answers to questions such as 'Why this role?' and lookback over any particular details included in their CV. I would also remind them to be approachable and engaging as the hiring managers ultimately want someone they are happy to work with.
Internship (1-4 Months)
Banking - Investment
Central London and City
18th August 2021