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Graduates & Internships
In the highly competitive world of finance jobs, many graduate finance positions are filled by the previous year's interns - graduates who miss out on an internship are therefore in a much weaker position when it comes to getting a foot in the door.
What is an Internship?
Internships at financial services firms and investment banks take many forms.
The most common is a 10-12 week summer internship which takes place during the second university year. Some employers offer winter internships for students who cannot take a summer one. In Europe, however, internships can last a full year or longer.
Not all internships are paid. Some pay expenses only, but the most highly sought after are those which pay around half the salary of an entry level position. As a general rule of thumb, the better paid the internship opportunity is, the more likely you are to be doing real, useful work which will stand your future career in good stead.
Why Take an Internship?
As well as the possibility of walking straight into a full time job with your internship provider, financial internships are an excellent way to begin networking. Typically you will receive a mix of classroom training and on the job experience, and an internship offers a risk-free way of finding out whether a finance career is right for you.
What do Interns Do?
This will vary from company to company, and will depend on the nature of the role you're training for. A graduate trainee futures trader, for example, will learn about trading, markets and trading psychology and will spend time on simulator trading. An intern at one of the Big 4 accounting firms will typically manage practical accounting tasks under the guidance of a senior accountant, while honing their theoretical accountancy knowledge.
How to Get an Internship
Finance internships are notoriously difficult to get. The most hotly contested are in the global financial centres such as London. Your university will assist you in the application process, but successful candidates typically exhibit not only outstanding academic potential but also a clear vision of why they want to work in this industry.
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