Business Development Intern

by Visa


  • 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.
  • In my role, I was given charge of several potential clients to prospect and qualify for deals. I also conducted extensive market research into specific retailers and industries to identify potential targets for our pipeline. I worked on a side project within the product team, where we worked on business sales strategy. I also developed an analytics tracker to provide management insight into the team. There were many intern activities as well.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • My Excel and Powerpoint (MS Office in general) skills really improved during my time at Visa. I learned how to formally qualify companies for deals and what is involved in the prospecting process.

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

  • 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?
  • Yes. I was put completely in charge of 5 prospects during my time at Visa. This included managing all communications, leading the meetings to conduct prospecting, completing qualification checklists, presenting the prospect at meetings, etc.

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

    Support & Guidance

  • 4. How much support and guidance did you receive during your placement / internship?
  • The Next Gen Team went above and beyond to offer training sessions to all interns. These were largely focused around different aspects of Visa and how the business works, which was incredibly useful in understanding the significance of your team and how the business runs. Within the BD team, everyone was more than willing to help me if I needed any support, and they were all keen to guide me through processes when necessary.

  • 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 at Visa loves their job, and is incredibly good at it. I've never gotten the impression that someone does NOT want to be there. Visa has liberation groups for marginalised populations which support employees and allies & host loads of events. Pride month was a huge deal which I loved! There is a huge emphasis on volunteerism and most importantly social impact and sustainability.

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

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

  • 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?
  • I could not have asked for a better placement. My team was incredibly supportive and encouraging, and the work I was given was truly meaningful and hands on. I didn't feel like a waste of time. The company culture is inviting and progressive, which was a shock (in a good way). I never imagined that such a large company could have such a positive impact, and I would work there forever!

  • 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 Visa
  • 5/5

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

  • 8. What advice would you give to others applying to Visa
  • Be yourself! Visa does not want cookie-cutter, pristine people with no personality. They embrace individuality, they want you to make them laugh, they want to see that you will fit their culture. Research the payments industry beforehand so you know what Visa does and how they make money. Research your business function so you know what the team does. Be professional, but not emotionless!

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Internship (1-4 Months)

Business Analytics, E-Business, Banking - Commercial

Central London and City

November 2021

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