Investment banks are just closing up their 2018 summer programmes to applications, but a select band of students have already landed offers for next year. Summer analyst programmes are integral to securing a full-time banking job, so what does it take to get in now? We’ve profiled a carefully selected group of impressive incoming interns going into banks across the City next year.
Tianci Katherine Cai, global markets J.P. Morgan
Tianci’s route into a front office internship is not the most obvious one you’ll see. A maths and management student at University College London, she’s also a member of SEO London – a group that helps disadvantaged and ethnic minority students into front office banking roles. The 2018 summer internship is her first front office banking experience – up until now, she’s attended an insight week in investment banking operations at J.P. Morgan in Bournemouth, has spent time at BP’s trading internship as well as a spring internship at Macquarie.
Anna Weavers, investment banking, Centerview Partners
Anna is due to graduate from Imperial College London, where she’s studying maths, in 2020, but has already racked up an impressive amount of financial services internships. Centerview is a hot boutique bank that is increasingly competitive to break into and reportedly has one of the most intense interview processes of any investment bank, but Anna is set to land there next summer. This year, she’s also interned at Fidelity, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and IT group FDM. An A* student, she’s also a swimming coach, and a member of various societies at Imperial including finance, riding, polo and water polo.
Paulos Zerezghi, investment banking, Rothschild
Paulos started at the London School of Economics last year and has started racking up experience in investment banks across the City. He’s completed insight weeks at both Barclays and J.P. Morgan, as well as at law firm Weil, Gotshal and Manges and is set to join Rothschild this summer. A straight A student, he claims to be the highest achiever in economics and politics A-level at Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School in London, which was voted the best comprehensive school in the UK in 2014 by the Sunday Times.
Hisham Al-Thaur, investment banking, Deutsche Bank
Hisham started at the LSE, where he’s studying maths and economics, in 2015 but started out trying to secure an investment banking job while still at school. He gained work experience at both Barclays and HSBC while studying for his A-levels and has targeted various investment banks since. He has participated in various investment banks’ competitions – including Credit Suisse’s Holt Valuation challenge, where he was among the top of 10,000 students vying for the prize, Citi’s M&A simulation and J.P. Morgan’s mentorship programme.
Joana Barata, securities, Goldman Sachs
If you want to work in markets role at a large investment bank, it helps to show your enthusiasm for trading. Joana is an equity analyst at the student run investment fund at Kings College London, called King’s Capital. As far as investment banking internships goes, it’s all been Goldman Sachs – she was a spring intern this April and has converted it into a summer placement next year. As we’ve said before, you have to start striving towards a banking role earlier than ever.
Isaac Bentata Chocron, securities, Goldman Sachs
Isaac claims to have been offered six Spring internships this year, but completed two – one at Goldman Sachs and one at Citigroup. He’s set to return to Goldman Sachs next year as a summer analyst. A chemical engineering student at UCL, Isaac has focused on a wide-range of financial services opportunities. He’s the co-founder of the UCL fintech society, which both looks to hook fintech companies up with UCL students and potentially students with jobs at fintech firms, as well as interning at American Express this summer.
Adam Sosnowski, investment banking, Goldman Sachs
Adam is a former professional windsurfer who, before landing a summer internship at Goldman Sachs, was more focused on breaking into private equity. The UCL statistics, economics and finance student has interned at Credit Value Investments in his native Poland for a summer, but also spent this year at Copper Street Capital, a hedge fund run by former co-CEO of Barclays, Jerry del Missier. Adam is also involved with both the investment and business societies at UCL.
Monica Chadha, global markets, BNP Paribas
Monica converted a Spring internship at BNP Paribas into a summer analyst placement next year. She also landed an insight week at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in April. As well as investment banking, Monica has worked for the Big Four. She spent eight months at Deloitte in 2015 during a gap year before starting University. She’s currently studying maths with management at Nottingham University.
Jenny Martin, securities, Goldman Sachs
Jenny secured her summer internship at Goldman Sachs back in May, following the completion of a successful insight week at the bank. She’s also worked at Barclays investment bank, as well as accounting firm BDO in Birmingham. Outside of investment banking, she also spent 11 months a customer service representative at Santander before starting university. She’s studying at Warwick University studying economics and is also an economics mentor at the university. Since September, she’s also been involved with the Goldman Sachs Trader Academy, a new 8-month training programme for women graduating in 2019 interested in a career in trading.
Adam Magni, markets, J.P. Morgan
Adam spent two weeks at Goldman Sachs last year, but seems to be setting his sights on a role at J.P. Morgan. A Physics student at UCL, Adam is due to graduate next year, but following a summer internship at J.P. Morgan this year, within its equity derivatives and rates sales team, he’s going back for a summer analyst programme in 2018. He played rugby and water polo at school.
Cecile Miller, investment banking, Citi
Cecile’s only investment banking experience will come at Citigroup next summer. A student at LSE, where she is studying economics, up until this year it looked more like she was set on a career in catering. Internships at Lady’s Who Lunch in San Francisco and Molly Moon’s Handmade Ice Cream in Seattle preceded university. However, she is also head of events at the LSE Women in Business society.
Shaharyar Iqbal, markets, Deutsche Bank
Shaharyar is due to join Deutche Bank’s trading floor in London next summer, but he’s another example of potential investment bank employees hedging their bets before they begin. He’s worked at trading house Phillip Capital in Singapore, think-tank The Hive Network in London and RBC’s investor services team in the City. An LSE maths and economics student, he’s also chairman of private equity at the LSE private equity society and vice captain of its fencing team.
Gaurang Gupta, global markets, Credit Suisse
Gaurang is studying economics at UCL and is involved with various societies – the economics and finance societies, rather obviously, but also dodgeball, basketball and cricket. He’s an analyst at two university investment funds – the Tharos Group and also the UCL investment fund. Credit Suisse looks to be his first internship with an investment bank, but a diverse range of extra-curricular activities – including acting as a mentor to GCSE chemistry students – and impeccable grades, helps explain why he was selected.
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