If you're still trying to secure your internship or graduate position in a bank for later this year, you've left it a little late: most of the deadlines for investment banks' graduate programmes have already passed.
It's unfortunate, therefore, that recruiters say Christmas and the New Year are a particularly busy time for student applications. "We always get a surge of graduate applications immediately after Christmas," says Logan Naidu, Chief Executive of recruitment firm Dartmouth Partners, whose Graduate Division runs outsourced graduate schemes and top-up hiring for Financial Services and Consulting firms in London. "It's as if students go back home and once Christmas is over, their parents tell them to start applying."
Malcolm Horton, global head of recruiting at Nomura International, confirms the Christmas application rush. "Students spend a lot of time during the previous semester going to company presentations and completing school work. The Christmas and New Year break is the ideal chance to actually to complete their applications without interruptions."
While some banks were still accepting applications for summer internships and spring week programmes in late December/early January, most deadlines have now officially expired. However, we've scoured banks' websites and discovered that deadlines have been extended in some instances. Here's who's still hiring, and where.
Citigroup's graduate careers site reveals that it still has graduate jobs for 2013 available. It's looking for an investment banking analyst in Paris and for graduate analysts in sales and trading in Mowco, Paris, Dubai and London. It also has a full time role available for a graduate at its private bank in Geneva.
Citi also has investment banking summer analyst positions on offer in Madrid, Moscow and Stockholm. And it has summer analyst (ie. summer intern) roles available in sales and trading in London.
Credit Suisse's graduate careers site suggests that it has no full time positions left for people graduating in 2013 in any of its divisions in London. Nor does it appear to have any summer internships still on offer. However, Credit Suisse does still have graduate opportunities left in investment banking in Frankfurt, IT graduate jobs in New York, various graduate jobs in Mumbai and product control (finance) IT and operations jobs for graduates in Poland...
Deutsche Bank's graduate careers site suggests most of its graduate jobs for 2013 have already gone: it only has EMEA analyst positions left in global transaction banking. However, it still has summer internships on offer in asset management, audit, HR and technology.
HSBC still has opportunities on offer for graduates in Europe. You can still apply for its operational leadership leadership programme, which starts in September 2013.
You can also apply for HSBC's retail banking and wealth management programme, starting on the same date.
Most of JPMorgan's graduate jobs appear to have been filled. However, you can still apply for a quant research role or for an off-cycle internship in operations.
Nomura still seems to have plenty of graduate and intern positions available globally. The bank is still inviting applications for fixed income sales and trading roles and for operations analysts.
Standard Bank is still inviting rolling applications for personal and business banking graduate trainees based in Jersey.
Standard Chartered is still looking for coverage and corporate finance bankers in South Africa. It's also inviting people to apply for its international graduate programme in financial markets, based out of New York.