Published on October 8, 2014

Finance Internships in London

Finance is widely considered to be the most competitive job sector in the world, so if you want to stand out from the crowd in this highly fierce environment, there is one thing that every employer is looking for: experience. And where better to do it than the financial capital of the world…

Why should you have a finance internship in London?

When it comes to work experience, your future employers will not just look at what you did, but where you did it. London is the world’s largest financial centre with the service sector constituting around 78% of the UK’s GDP. Work experience in this sector, and in this city in particular, will demonstrate that you can cut it in a fast-paced, intellectual environment; that you can cope with the demanding work schedule and high level of responsibility that comes hand in hand with financial positions; and that you have a strong passion for this competitive career path. These three things will turn you into a prime candidate for whatever job you apply for in the future, even if you move away from a career in finance.

What's it like for an intern in London?

There is a long history of internships in financial institutions in London, and these internships have the most applicants per place out of any sector in the UK. As an intern, you can expect to be put through your paces and challenged as your mentors try to unleash your full potential. While big firms might give you a name to put on your CV, working with smaller boutique firms will provide you with hands on experience. You will have the opportunity to work on important projects, and your input will make a genuine difference. This is exactly the kind of experience that employers will look for in the future. If at an interview, you can explain not only how much you learned, but also how valuable you were to the company in which you did your placement, you will set yourself apart from your competition. Furthermore, an internship in London will help you realize your future career path. At this stage in your life, you may not know exactly what you want to do. Working on different projects and in different areas during your placement will help you to understand the profession, taking you further towards the daunting decision of what career path you would like to follow.

 

Finance internships in London

 

What can an international student learn from London's finance environment that they can't learn at home? 

The fact that London is one of the main financial cities worldwide also means that it is an incredibly international environment. Because of its challenging and competitive nature, it will bring the best out of you. You will quickly learn to think on your feet and be adaptable, two skills that will take you far in any career. Furthermore, London is the perfect city for networking. What affords it this particular attribute is its geography. The financial sector of London is referred as the City, but is also colloquially known as the Square Mile. London’s financial sector is largely concentrated in a small area, which not only benefits business relations but also social interactions. London also attracts the best talent, largely due to the fact that many firms base their headquarters there. This means you are constantly surrounded by the best people in each position who you can learn from and form valuable connections.

How can I get an internship in London?

The Intern Group can provide you with your dream internship. Its strong connections with firms working in a variety of financial areas means that they will be able to find the placement that perfectly suits your needs. The Intern Group goes further than finding you your internship in London, but gives you the opportunity to truly enjoy all that London has to offer.

 

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Photo 2. based on London Underground, by Nikos Koutoulas, CC-by-2.0

The author
John Monahan
Before joining The Intern Group in 2014, John held senior positions in the investment operations field, including Senior Manager for Investment Application Services at Liberty Mutual (one of the USA’s largest insurance companies), and AVP at Bank of New York-Mellon. John holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from Harvard University with a field of study in Economics, which he earned while working full-time. A travel enthusiast, John has visited over 30 countries, and believes deeply in the value of international experiences as a lever for educational, professional, and personal growth.

18 comments on “Finance Internships in London

  • Hi,
    I would love to get more information about finance internship in London.
    Could you kindly send me more information about it? (what kind of firms you are cooperating with, how’s the environment there, etc.)
    Thank you.

  • Hello! 🙂 I’m a student from Singapore studying a 3year undergraduate degree in Accountancy! I would love to find out more information about interning at London in summer in Finance/Banks/Accounting! It would be great if more information could be given! Thank you! 🙂 Cheers.

    • Hi Dino,
      Thanks for your message. I sent you an email with more information about our finance internships in London, please feel free to reach out if you have any further questions.
      Regards,
      Kaylea

  • Hi, is it possible to receive more information on these finance internships? I would like to know more about investment banking in London, the requirements, and the companies that you work with.
    Thank you

    • Hi Francesca,
      Thanks for your message. London is a fantastic city to get started with a career in finance. Be sure to check your inbox today for an email from me, I’m happy to send you some more information!
      Regards,
      Kaylea

  • Hi,
    I also wanted to know more about the various opportunities in finance/ consulting in london. Can you please send me some information as well?
    Thanks!

    • Hi Aditya,
      Thanks for your message. I see that you are interested in both New York and London for finance opportunities, I’ll send you an email with information on both locations.
      Regards,
      Kaylea

  • Dear Sir/Madam

    I am a student in Liverpool University and strongly interested in the Finance internship in London and Hong Kong. While I could not find any details about the firms. Could you please give me the names of firms?

    Best regards
    Yu Zhou

    • Hi Yu,
      Thanks for your message and your interest in our program in finance. I have sent you an email regarding our program, if you have any more questions please feel free to email me.
      Regards,
      Kaylea

    • Hi Nazirah,
      Thanks for reaching out! London is an excellent location to kick start a career in finance, I’d be happy to send you some more information regarding our internship program there.
      Regards,
      Kaylea

  • Hi,
    I am a first-year undergraduate student in London – could I still be considered for one of your Finance or IT internships in London, or does it have to be abroad?

    • Hi Noor,
      Thanks for your message. Our program focuses on international placements. If you are from the UK, you won’t be eligible for our program in London. If you’re an international student in one of our program locations, you are eligible. Please let me know if you have any other questions, I’ll send you an email with some more information.
      Regards,
      Kaylea

  • Hiya! I am willing to apply for the internships in London about the business/finance/accounting. Could you please send me more info about it? I am currently a visiting student in the university of Edinburgh now. Cheers!

    • Hi Cynthia,
      Thanks for your message and your interest in our program, I hope you are enjoying the UK! Finance is one of our top fields in London with many opportunities available. I’ll send you some more information today regarding our program and how it works.
      Best,
      Kaylea

  • Hi Kaylea,

    I am a PhD student in Finance. I am just wondering whether I am eligibe for your programs. If yes, could you please send me more informtion about the finance programs? Thanks a lot.

    Best regards,
    Sophia

    • Hi Sophia,
      Thanks for your message. Our program has had participants ranging from recent high school graduates to MBA and PhD students, our internships are individualized for each participant. I’d be happy to send you more information on our finance programs! Keep and eye out for an email from me.
      Regards,
      Kaylea

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