After applying for the role through Bright Network, Mathematics student Chanel secured herself a Summer Internship at Citi. Read below to find out how she found the application process and any advice she has for fellow members.
Why did you choose this company?
Last year, I successfully applied for a Spring Week at Citi, but it clashed with examinations at Uni so I was unable to accept my offer. I had really enjoyed the interviews so I was keen on applying this year for a Summer Internship. I got on really well with the firm; the interviews were more like conversations. I just really liked both the people and the atmosphere at Citi.
Why were you interested in this role?
What attracted me the most was the rotational programme. You get to experience a lot of areas within the company such as trading, sales, research and quants, giving you a broad view of how the business works as a whole and also understand where you would best fit in.
What did the application process involve? Did you have a favourite and least favourite part?
I applied to the role via Bright Network. I received a call telling me that the roles had opened, which I hadn't actually realised. So I sent my CV and cover letter to BN and got onto the first round of interviews and first assessment centre. I think that it is completely crucial with any application to send it off as soon as possible.
The interviews were catered specifically to the person they were interviewing. It was much more about your background and experiences over anything else. Questions exploring your interest in the firm, what you have done to show that you’d be a good fit; things you’ve done in the past. At the assessment centre everybody was very friendly, I didn't feel intimidated at all. It was quite a long day, consisting of three interviews, retesting, a case-study, and a group exercise. It was actually a really lovely environment with teas and coffees!
What top three tips would you give to other students looking to follow in your footsteps?
- Get involved with lots of things whilst at University, either societies or sports. I think companies like well rounded people, when you’re doing things outside of your degree.
- Being on the ball. Definitely applying early rather than towards the deadline.
- Keeping an eye out for events where the company will be attending. Making sure that you’re speaking to company members, keeping an eye on what’s going on with the company - current affairs. Going to events is a great way to see which companies you would fit well in.
Do you have a pre-interview ritual or lucky charm?
I arrive really early, go to the nearest cafe and buy an English breakfast tea. I also spend some time convincing myself that I'm not going there to be tested, but more that they want me to do well; they're just checking that I would fit in.