What were your main duties and responsibilities during the course of your internship?
Being placed in the Consultant Relations team, my main role as an intern was to help complete new business proposals (RFP’s) and due diligence for a range of institutional investors across Europe. These mandates were typically for products on the Fixed Income range of funds and involved liaising with product specialists in order to stick to deadlines. I was also given the chance to shadow meetings with investment consultants to observe the investment trends across various asset classes. I was also responsible for an additional project that involved streamlining existing consultant account plans for the team.
What would you say was your biggest achievement over the course of your internship?
My biggest achievement was learning technical knowledge with respect to asset management and the various trends within the industry. This was done through numerous formal learning sessions as well as on-the-job learning where I picked up what acronyms meant.
What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?
Given that summer was a time for holidays for existing employees, the internship was a benefit to the employer as I was able to take on the workload of absent employee’s. I was also able to present my additional project to senior members of staff which highlighted changes that needed to be made in the investment consultant account plans.
Did you encounter any problems during the course of your internship and if so, how did you overcome them?
There was a charity project which all interns took part in and that presented the challenge of coordinating a large group of people with various commitments. Instead we divided ourselves into smaller sub-teams in order to be able to meet more frequently and ultimately raise more for charity.