Why did you choose to do an internship?
It was important for me to understand exactly what industry I wanted to work in upon graduation, and for that reason I wanted to do an internship to gain insight and to know what I could expect from working for a firm such as RBS.
What attracted you to the role?
I was interested in RBS because of its presence in the Investment Banking sector. The business seemed to be going through a great deal of changes, which for me meant opportunity. I was attracted to the internship through a graduate competition they carry out called ‘An Indian Summer with RBS’. This competition allowed universities to submit a team which would compete in a charitable entrepreneurial challenge. Upon winning this competition back in April, it was suggested that I take a place on the RBS Summer Internship.
What was the application process like?
As expected, the application process for many top firms is rigorous and not to be taken lightly. You will be tested in at a range of numerical and logical tasks throughout the process whether by phone interview or during one of their assessment centres, supposedly one of the hardest around.
What were your main duties?
Often working for a specific team or division, you act as a support to the current graduates/analysts working on tasks such as weekly and monthly information reports. Alongside this, throughout the internship you are set a main project which often is research based and used to later support the team. This project has to then be presented to both HR and your relevant senior team at the end of the internship.
What were the most important things you learnt from the internship?
Listen, Think and Repeat.
Throughout the internship, you attend numerous speaker events and also shadow members of teams across the bank. It is challenging to remember all the information presented to you, so often it is best to fully understand it when you hear it and not let the information pass you by. So remember to listen, think about what is being said and repeat it by asking if you understand correctly.
What advice would you give to someone seeking an internship?
Go for it. Whether you enjoy the experience or not, better to know than always be asking ‘what if?’ Also, if you are struggling with the traditional application methods, look for other avenues where you can be spotted. Sourcing good graduates is clearly hard but with programmes such as ‘An Indian Summer with RBS’, there are more chances to get noticed than you think.
What skills did you acquire?
- Positive thinking
- Attention to detail.
Has the internship led to further opportunities?
Yes. As of August, I will start full time with RBS in the Debt Capital Markets role I was working in over the internship. The RBS ‘Indian Summer’ program also continues to give opportunities for development including the winning prize which was a trip to India last September.