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Analyst (Investment Banking)

June - August 2021 • New York City, NY

What I liked

What I wish was different

Unfortunately, the experience was virtual, so it was difficult to fully grasp the dynamic nature of the job.

Advice

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Equity Research Analyst

June - August 2021 • New York City, NY

What I liked

I liked the steep learning curve, opportunities to network, work with and learn from experts in the industry. As an intern, I was given a lot of responsibilities, including writing sections of reports, modeling, participating in Earnings calls and working on two large projects throughout the 8 weeks. It was an extremely rewarding experience and the culture was incredible. Everyone was willing to take time out of their day to teach me new concepts and provide me with tasks to do. My senior analyst in particular was very keen to allow me to take part in day-to-day responsibilities as much as possible.

What I wish was different

Given the virtual nature of my internship, it was difficult to meet other interns and associates in person. I wish there would have been larger and more abundant in-person events for us to network even further. In addition, I wish the internship could have been longer in length in order to learn even more and engage in the workplace for longer.

Advice

If you are an intern, regardless of where you work, make sure to always ask a lot of questions, be keen to take initiative and volunteer to do tasks and overcommunicate updates to your team and higher-uppers.
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Technology Analyst

July - August 2020 • Whippany, NJ

What I liked

I loved that Barclays went above and beyond to make sure that we still had a meaningful experience in light of having to make this a virtual internship. Staff from all levels were open and giving of their time and put together robust projects for us to work on. I didn't feel like I was doing busy work and I truly felt like I was able to make valuable contributions to my team's output.

What I wish was different

Being virtual was the best option for everyone's safety. However, I fell in love with the campus setting during the interview process and would have loved to be on site.

Advice

Most times as interns we are afraid to make mistakes and don't think we have valuable insight to add because we lack experience. One of the best pieces of advice I got this summer was to be bold and not be afraid to take risks or make big steps. If you have an idea you should voice it. If you think you can improve a process or add value to a conversation let people know.
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Investment Banking Summer Analyst

July - August 2020 • New York City, NY

What I liked

I liked the dynamic, fast-paced environment of the internship and having the chance to work on 3 live deals. I truly felt like a part of the team.

What I wish was different

I wish that the internship wasn't virtual but this was beyond anyone's control.

Advice

Be as proactive as possible! Always think of how you can be a value-add to the team.
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Investment Banking Summer Analyst

July - August 2020 • New York City, NY

What I liked

I loved my team and the work assigned to me in this role.

What I wish was different

I wish that I had been able to work an in-person internship, but unfortunately, my role was virtual during the pandemic.

Advice

It's especially important to be communicative in this role and to ask lots of questions!
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Sales and Trading

June - August 2020 • New York City, NY

What I liked

The people were phenomenal, really engaging and had a great way to track performance.

What I wish was different

It wsa online because of COVID.

Advice

Make sure to adjust for time zone differences!
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Operations Intern

July - August 2020 • Whippany, NJ

What I liked

In the internship I got to work on a meaningful project that is still being used. The internship also allowed me to network with folks in a variety of groups within operations which gave me a fuller understanding of the depth this department allows individuals.

What I wish was different

I would have loved the internship to have been the full 10 weeks! With COVID-19, I think Barclays did an amazing job at giving us interns a meaningful experience, I just wanted more time!!

Advice

Network, network, network! Take the time to be busy and meet new people. You never know what connections you might need later down the road.
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investment banking summer analyst

July - August 2020 • Los Angeles, CA

What I liked

Valuable learning opportunity to learn about financial statements, pitch decks, and financial sponsors.

What I wish was different

I wish the internship had been longer, but COVID-19 made that unfeasible.

Advice

Don't be afraid to ask questions and don't be afraid to reach out to seniors and learn their perspective!
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Operations Summer Analyst

July - August 2020 • Whippany, NJ

What I liked

The company culture and people were phenomenal.

What I wish was different

It was difficult to adjust to a remote internship, particularly starting out with technical difficulties.

Advice

Make the most of your circumstances no matter what. Always reach out to people in the organization and learn as much as possible.
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Credit Risk Summer Analyst

June - August 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Great work culture

What I wish was different

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Data Analytics Intern

June - August 2018 • Wilmington, DE

What I liked

Work environment and people

What I wish was different

I wish we were in the office more.

Advice

Be ready and willing to learn
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Investment Banking Summer Analyst

June - August 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Good team culture, no belief in "face time" Great pay Steep learning curve - learned a lot about excel and how to build a financial model Nice office

What I wish was different

I wish I worked less, although long hours are expected for the industry

Advice

Investment banking is a great place to start your career and really isn't as bad as people say it is in terms of work load and hours. It's a wonderful credential on your resume and for somebody trying to pay off their loans, the pay is stellar and you recieve a bonus for signing a full time return should you get one. However, investment banking isn't the ONLY path to an affluent or successful career. The stigma around untraditional paths in finance is breaking as people begin to value work life balance more and personal fulfillment from work. Therefore, I suggest you really evaluate what you want to do with your life and consider the numerous ways you can get there before starting to recruit, especially when banking recruiting has been pushed up to be so early. And always carry a notebook!
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Investment Banking Intern

June - August 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Great platform, learning opportunity, well paid

What I wish was different

i wish i knew more stuff so that I can contribute more to the team

Advice

it is also an attitude game
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Analyst (Investment Banking)

June - August 2019 • London, England

What I liked

Good company culture, competitive salary.

What I wish was different

More support from HR, cost cutting is a big thing.

Advice

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Summer Analyst

June - August 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Very hands on program.

What I wish was different

Less intense.

Advice

Be prepared to work hard.
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Trading Analyst Intern (Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services)

June - August 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Very open structure.

What I wish was different

More specific training.

Advice

If you want it, show genuine interest. That is the best thing you can do.
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Sales and Trading Summer Analyst

May - August 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Overall great experience, well structured and immersive internship for those looking to start a career in Markets.

What I wish was different

Choosing a rotation - you're generally forced to network yourself into the third rotation when you're on your second. So you end up networking with your team from first rotation, trying to manage work from second, and network with a possible third; thus, mixing your agenda and taking a lot of time from your second.

Advice

Even if one team genuinely likes you and says they'd want you back - come in every single day as if it were your first. Eager to learn and engage in insightful conversations.
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Software Engineering Intern

June - August 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

I had complete autonomy on the project I was working on and was able to develop and deploy an internal web app in my 10 week internship. Interns also have the ability to attend networking events with Directors/Managing Directors throughout the summer. And NYC is a lot of fun!

What I wish was different

There were no scheduled intern events outside of work -- having these would've made it much easier to get to know other interns.

Advice

Ask a lot of questions, especially if you're new to finance.
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Corporate Banking Intern

June - August 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Barclays as a bank and company was a fantastic place to intern. The culture of New York City and the network at Barclays was a tremendous combination to experience as a growing college student.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Investment Banking Analyst Intern

June - August 2018 • New York City, NY

What I liked

People were nice, intern class was close, junior employees were great to talk to and very approachable, healthy culture overall, very supportive and understanding of interns with varying levels of experience

What I wish was different

Difficult team, long hours, poor communication leads to inefficiencies though this depends on the employee you’re working for

Advice

Remember that perception drives reality and the image you create and polish of your work and manner, at least in high finance, is as important as the quality of the work.
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