technology spring intern at Goldman Sachs

Start Date:
2017
Location:
London
Programme Type:
Work Experience
Salary:
£400 weekly
Review Date:
June 2019

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Review Score

9.4 /10

1. Please give an overview of what your work experience involved:

10/10

I was part of the Technology division for the Spring internship. As a 18 year old, on my first proper work experience, I really enjoyed the program. We were given the chance to shadow different teams across the Technology division and we also had to complete a group project presentation.

It's a great opportunity to network. If you do your best, you will be asked to come back for a summer internship or to complete an industrial placement.

You are also paid during program (I think it's around 400 pounds per week from what I remember).

2. What training and skills development did you learn from your work experience?

9/10

technical training was non-existent but in 2 weeks you cant expect that. I think this was a huge investment from the firm. We had so many employees ready to answer any question we had for 2 weeks. We could schedule coffees with managing directors and have lunch with vice presidents.

3. To what extent did you enjoy your work experience?

9/10

As my degree was non technical I tough I was going to be lost and it was all very scary. however, by performing well during the first two weeks you will be able to develop your skills, despite the short amount of time. the internship was useful when choosing my next steps.

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4. How well organised was your work experience?

9/10

very well structured, maybe a bit too busy. you had no free time, always running from an event to another. Meeting so many people, talking to employees from different grades in an action packed 2 weeks is quite intense but everyone else seemed fine with it. you are sent calendar invites but not given a laptop/phone so sometimes they can get lost.

5. How much did you learn about the company culture and what it would be like to work there?

9/10

Despite the fact that we had no proper work to do, we could see what others would do in their everyday life (ie if they go for drinks, if they go gym during lunch time all together or not) so it was definitely good to learn more about company culture

6. How much did your work experience help you in deciding on your future career path?

9/10

As my degree was non technical I tough I was going to be lost and it was all very scary. however, by performing well during the first two weeks you will be able to develop your skills, despite the short amount of time. the internship was useful when choosing my next steps.

7. Were you paid or reimbursed for this experience?

10/10

You are paid during program (I think it's around 400 pounds per week from what I remember).

8. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees?

10/10

I think this was a huge investment from the firm. We had so many employees ready to answer any question we had for 2 weeks. We could schedule coffees with managing directors and have lunch with vice presidents.

You also get to shadow so many employees, you become their colleague and they are ready to support you.

9a. Would you recommend Goldman Sachs to a friend?

Yes

9b. Why?

As soon as you start, you are given a pass to enter all the buildings, you are given an email address and invited to plenty of networking events. so you start feeling like you actually belong there. The office is amazing in central London location, next to wonderful restaurants. It's the perfect experience for someone who wants to try out the corporate life and is keen to start early. The firm invests a lot in these events and makes sure that they are well structured and useful for them and for the attendees.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Goldman Sachs?

Do not double book your evenings, ask many questions, be confident when speaking and again I cannot stress this enough, ask questions!! You will be fine, it's intense but bearable and if it doesnt work out, dont worry it means you will do something just as good somewhere else!

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