Mathematics student and Bright Network member Kristen tells us about her experience applying for and receiving an internship in marketing and services at Citi.
Why did you choose this firm and this role?
I got an offer for the spring insight programme at Citi during easter holidays. I first chose to apply to Citi because I really enjoyed talking to the employees at Citi who were also Imperial alumni at the pub quiz night. Everyone loved sharing about their role at Citi and general experiences about their lives.
Also, I chose to accept Citi's internship offer out of the other one I received because I felt that during the week I spent there, I felt that I could challenge myself beyond my capabilities and keep learning.
What was the toughest part of the application process? And your favourite part?
I have to say the toughest part of the process was the interviews on the assessment day. Everyone who attended the spring week had the advantage of being fast-tracked into the assessment day. I had three interviews on the day. It was tough in a sense that I had the pressure of selling myself in such a short time. But I always really enjoyed it because after all who doesn't like talking about themselves and during these interviews I was given 30mins just to talk about my life!
Were you surprised by anything in the process?
The HR clearly told us the application process so nothing surprising but this was my first time doing a group exercise as part of the process. I was quite nervous on how I would go about it. But in the end it was actually quite fun. Just being myself and contributing to the discussion about an interesting topic.
What three top tips would you give your fellow Bright Network members?
Be yourself, relax before the interview (pretend you are just chatting to a friend) and actively participate in any opportunities you are given!
What's your lucky charm or pre-interview ritual?
I always wear the necklace my mum gave me for my 18th birthday.