Summer Associate

by Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

Best Student Employer


  • Skills
  • Responsibilities
  • Support & Guidance
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions


  • 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis.
  • I was not allocated to one specific project for the duration of the internship, and instead had a number of pieces to work on. This would vary from spreadsheet and document saving work to writing project proposals, attending job-specific trainings and reviewing documents and writing summaries to give on to a manager. There was also frequent opportunity to sit on meetings with more senior colleagues.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • My particular role had a lot of emphasis on note-taking and summaries, allowing me to greatly develop critical reading and writing skills. There was also training given for specific software used by the organisation and wider IT learning opportunities.

  • How would you rate the training provided during your experience?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate your development of industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate your development of personal / soft skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how these skills have helped you in your career development
  • 5/5


  • 3. Were you given much responsibility during your placement / internship?
  • I was given significant amounts of responsibility. When I was allocated a new piece of work, I would have a meeting with a member of my team who would explain the project and what had to be done. Beyond that point, they would leave me to it and only review work at the end or give assistance when it was asked for.

  • Please rate how meaningful the work you were doing was
  • 4/5

    Support & Guidance

  • 4. How much support and guidance did you receive during your placement / internship?
  • As much as was required. On more challenging projects more would be given and on simpler tasks none more than necessary was given. Everyone is also happy to help with any issues you have or put you in touch with other colleagues in different parts of the organisation.

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from your line manager?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from the wider team?
  • 5/5


  • 5. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • Everyone was always incredibly helpful and friendly with any questions you had for them. The work culture was also excellent - I was never expected to work late and was frequently asked if I had an appropriate workload and wasn't being overburdened.

  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the social opportunities?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate the diversity initiatives?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the charity, sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives?
  • 5/5

    Your Impressions

  • 6. To what extent did you enjoy your placement / internship?
  • Was a vey enjoyable experience overall. The organisation has a great culture and the breadth of work being undertaken means there is always lots of different people you can talk to to learn more. There were occasional points when I was relatively inactive and could have done with slightly more to do - but this wasn't generally an issue.

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on your placement / internship
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how your experience met your expectations
  • 5/5

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
  • 4/5

  • 7. Would you recommend Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 8. What advice would you give to others applying to Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
  • Really pay attention to their mission and values throughout the application process!

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Internship (1-4 Months)


Central London and City

August 2021

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