Investment Banking Division Intern

by Barclays

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.
  • My role was to provide support on the deals I was assigned. This varied from attending team calls internally to discuss the process or calls with clients discussing their aims for the deal. I would also work on Powerpoint slides for clients and internal presentations to management. I was also involved in administrative tasks such as creating a client profile and making sure other departments such as legal were kept up to date with anything concerning them.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • In training, I developed my Excel skills specifically learning many shortcuts that help work much faster. The training also included accounting modules which help build a foundation for the remainder of the summer. In the team, I improved my ability to work in a diverse team as the age and background of coworkers varied greatly. Time managing and working efficiently were also tested as I was assigned many tasks with differing timelines. Finally, I learnt to use feedback effectively as I has weekly conversations with my line manager regarding my performance

  • 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?
  • 4/5

  • Please rate how these skills have helped you in your career development
  • 4/5


  • 3. Were you given much responsibility during your placement / internship?
  • Yes, I was working on live deals with important deadlines and my work was essential in making sure the presentations were ready for the managers to review and ultimately present to the clients. On occasion I also liased with clients and it was vital that I communicated clearly and accuratly to ensure smooth processing of tasks. Finally, I was involved in meetings and given access to company information which was confidential and I had to ensure I followed procedure regarding this information.

  • Please rate how meaningful the work you were doing was
  • 3/5

    Support & Guidance

  • 4. How much support and guidance did you receive during your placement / internship?
  • I was given a Buddy who was not a member of my team but a more informal contact to discuss general aspects of the internship. I was able to call him and message him freely and he replied very quickly on all occasions. I was also assigned a Buddy within the team who I could speak to regarding topics more specific to the team such as how to do something, I was also assigned a line manager in the team who supervised my workload and progress.

  • 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?
  • Very close team with friendly management. We were welcomed to the team with a team meeting. We also had meetings arranged with each senior member of the team allowing us to introduce ourselves and learn more about the wider team. We were focused on work but also encouraged to collaborate and communicate which made working much more enjoyable. There were many sessions arranged by HR focusing on well being and how to work effectively from home.

  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?
  • 4/5

  • 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?
  • 3/5

    Your Impressions

  • 6. To what extent did you enjoy your placement / internship?
  • I really enjoyed my first experience working in a professional role. The training was extensive and helped ease into the culture of working from home. The team was welcoming and supportive when I had questions. I learnt lots of industry-specific concepts by working on live deals and being involved in client calls and emails. It would have been more enjoyable to be working in the office however that wasn't possible. Since other banks did have internships in person I don't know why Barclays chose not to.

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on your placement / internship
  • 4/5

  • Please rate how your experience met your expectations
  • 4/5

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at Barclays
  • 5/5

  • 7. Would you recommend Barclays to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 8. What advice would you give to others applying to Barclays
  • Make sure you tick the boxes such as having good grades, extracurricular activities and showing an interest in Investment banking but also stand out by showing your personality and interest. They can find more than enough people who are qualified and smart but they want to find people they can work with for however many hours in the day. Also, make sure you stick to 1 page CV and correct formatting. Also, do your prep for interviews, one way to do this is to speak to people who work there.

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Internship (1-4 Months)

Banking - Investment

Central London and City

October 2021

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