Take a fresh look at international banking

FreshLook is a profile-raising event specifically designed to introduce first-year female students to the wide range of careers in investment banking, held on 24th July 2018. Through informative presentations, panel discussions and informal networking, the event offers the chance to learn from professionals working at some of the world’s top investment banks. FreshLook is open to first-year female students from all degree disciplines. It’s a unique opportunity to discover what it’s really like to work in the City – and to ask any questions you might have about one of the most demanding and rewarding careers around.

The Banks

FreshLook is an initiative of the Interbank Forum, an industry-wide group that focuses on promoting career opportunities in corporate and investment banking.

To find out more about each of the banks, click on their logo.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch


Company profile:

Bank of America is one of the world’s leading financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small- and middle-market businesses, large corporations and governments with a full range of financial and risk management products and services. Our purpose is to make financial lives better.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch is the marketing name for the Global Banking and Markets businesses. Combining our local knowledge and global expertise, we offer products and services across Global Corporate and Investment Banking, Global Markets and Consumer Card. In Europe, the Middle East and Africa we have offices in 21 countries serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and government clients.

Being a responsible business is integral to the success of our employees, clients and stakeholders, which is why we’re committed to making a difference in the communities in which we live and work. Our efforts focus on youth employment, environmental sustainability, arts and cultural investments and responsible business practices.

Our goal is for each employee to have the best possible experience with us throughout their career. This is why we offer everyone the highest level of training and mentoring support. Furthermore, our commitment to diversity, our communities and the wellbeing of our employees, brings numerous opportunities for all employees to participate in initiatives that help make Bank of America Merrill Lynch a great place to work.


We’re committed to offering the scope and opportunities the very best of graduate talent deserves. Full-time and internship programmes are available in the following areas: Compliance, Corporate Audit, Global Banking and Markets Wholesale Credit, Global Corporate & Investment Banking, Global Liquidity Risk Management – Corporate Treasury, Global Markets, Global Research, Global Transaction Services, Market Risk, Quantitative Management and Technology. Our graduates gain a breadth of knowledge and experience and are well-positioned for great career opportunities.

Insight Programmes

Did you know that you can accelerate your career by participating in a pre-internship insight programme?

By taking part in an insight programme during your first year of a three year degree, or second year of a four year degree, you have the opportunity to be fast-tracked and earn a place on our summer internship programme the following year.


An internship or placement is your opportunity to gain an insight into working life at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, to network with our employees and develop your skills. You’ll work alongside colleagues of all levels and participate in project work that has a real impact on our business.

Summer Internships

Running for ten weeks between June and August, a summer internship provides a thorough introduction to the financial services industry. The programme begins with an induction week covering core skills, and you will be supported by a mentor and a buddy to help you make the most of your orientation and training. There will also be plenty of networking opportunities and a speaker series, giving you the chance to meet a range of employees from new starters to seasoned senior executives.

Off-Cycle Internships

Off-cycle internships are available throughout the year and vary from three to six months in length depending on the business need. Locations vary, but the majority of opportunities are in London, Dubai, Frankfurt, Madrid, Milan, Moscow and Paris within the Investment Banking and Global Markets divisions.

Industrial Placements

Six and twelve month industrial placements are available within the Technology division. This programme provides hands-on experience and an opportunity to gain real exposure from day one.

Graduate opportunities

Through our analyst and associate programmes, graduates gain a breadth of knowledge and experience and are positioned for great career opportunities. You’ll learn from the best and brightest minds in the industry, while participating in a comprehensive training programme that combines instructor-led and web-based classes with on-the-job training and networking. You’ll be trusted with important work, allowing the opportunity to make a real impact right from the start.


As one of the world’s largest financial institutions with a full range financial and risk management products and services, technology is crucial to our success. From simple programming to big data challenges, technology underpins everything we do. The global nature of our business offers the opportunity to travel and meet with colleagues from around the world; you’ll get to work with the latest technologies alongside some of the most highly regarded technologist in the industry.

What we look for:

Each business area has individual requirements; please refer to the individual job vacancy details in our application system. Whichever group you join, you must be able to demonstrate a combination of academic aptitude, quantitative skills, strategic and creative thinking, and excellent written and oral communications skills. For some roles, a second language is required.

Additional Facts:

• Subject areas recruited from: All degree disciplines, or a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics or other related subjects can be beneficial for technology programmes

• Sectors recruited into: Investment Banking, Technology

• Starting salary: Competitive

• Benefits: Competitive package

• Campus job locations: London, Chester, Dublin and other locations across Europe, the Middle East and Africa

• Application method: Online at www.baml.com/campusEMEA

• Number of annual opportunities: 400+

• Presence: Offices in 21 countries • Number of employees: c.265,000 (worldwide), c.14,000 (EMEA)




Citi offers full-time, placement and internship opportunities across a number of its business areas, including Investment Banking, Corporate Banking, Capital Markets Origination, Markets and Securities Services, Treasury and Trade Solutions (TTS), Private Bank, Risk Management, Operations and Technology. Citi also offers a week spring insight programme enabling students due to graduate in 2020 the opportunity experience first-hand the Citi culture and environment. University students interested in this industry with drive, commitment and a passion for learning are encouraged to apply.

Number of Employees:

240,000 people globally.

Careers website URL:


Company profile:

At Citi, we’ve built a world famous, trusted brand over 200 years of continuously evolving financial services. We provide consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management. 

By harnessing the power of our people – we’ll continue to move forward.  This is a place where the best come to get better. It’s our unwavering focus on delivering opportunities for growth and development to our most talented people that is best known within the industry. Here, opportunities to progress are truly open to all.  It all adds up to an exciting place to be for talented, ambitious people who want to build a truly remarkable career.

Deutsche Bank


Company overview

Creative, adaptable and dedicated to performance, our people define the way we do business. Deutsche Bank values individual perspectives, yet is built on teamwork and collaboration. It’s the ideal place to realize your full potential in the global banking industry.

Balancing passion with precision, we compete to be the leading global provider of financial solutions, creating lasting value for our clients, shareholders, people and the communities in which we operate.

Business overview

With a presence in over 70 countries and substantial revenue streams from all the major regions of the world, Deutsche Bank is well positioned to meet the challenges of the increasingly globalized world economy. We have opportunities for talented people around the world and across all our core businesses, which are listed below.

Our core businesses are

Corporate Banking & Securities consists of Markets and Corporate Finance. Markets combines the sales, trading and structuring of a wide range of financial products. Corporate Finance is responsible for mergers and acquisitions, including advisory debt and equity issuance and capital markets coverage.

Global Transaction Banking provides commercial banking products and services to corporate and financial institutions worldwide.

Asset & Wealth Management supports high and ultra high net worth individuals, retail and institutional clients across the globe. It provides a broad range of services from traditional to alternative investment products and integrated wealth management services.

Private & Business Clients ovides a broad range of banking services to private individuals and small and medium-sized businesses.

Our infrastructure functions, such as Risk, Group Technology & Operations, Finance and Human Resources, are the core of our day-to-day business, and allow us to set the standards in global banking.

Our business divisions/opportunities/vacancies

We’re currently hiring in: Asset & Wealth Management • Corporate Banking & Securities (CB&S) including: Markets, Corporate Finance & Research • Finance • Global Transaction Banking • Group Technology & Operations (GTO) • Human Resources • Risk

Careers website URL:

To access full details of opportunities for high-performing students across our business divisions, please visit db.com/careers

Graduates sought

You should have/expect a minimum of a 2:1 degree.

Starting salary


Goldman Sachs


About Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base, including corporations, financial institutions, governments and high-net-worth individuals.

At Goldman Sachs, you will have many opportunities to make an impact. The unique perspectives that our people bring to the firm and their shared passion for working on projects of great global, economic and social significance, help drive progress and create results.

About Our Programmes

From your first day, you will be immersed in a collaborative environment with people of all levels who share the firm’s values. Nearly everyone – from our junior analysts to our most senior leaders – is actively involved in recruiting talented people from a variety of backgrounds, because we recognise that a diverse workforce enables us to serve our clients most effectively and in the most innovative ways.

The diversity of talents and educational backgrounds in our people is crucial to our performance and business success. To that end, we are committed to an environment that values diversity, promotes inclusion and encourages teamwork.

Whatever your background or area of academic study, we value the intellect, personality and integrity of an individual. While an interest in and appreciation for finance is important, one’s personal qualities are key.

Number of employees:

33,000 employees in over 72 offices


We actively seek to recruit talented people from all academic backgrounds into our university programs and entry level positions. Ranging from two-week spring internships to full-time jobs, all our positions offer an opportunity to learn firsthand about the firm, our culture and the financial services industry.

New Analyst: full time graduate positions

Summer Analyst: suitable for penultimate year students

Spring Programme: suitable for students two years from graduation

Work Placement Programme: suitable for students two years from graduation

Careers website URL:


Application Deadlines:

Varies across programmes (please see goldmansachs.com/careers for details)



HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations. With more than 6,300 offices in both established and emerging markets, we aim to be where the growth is, connecting customers to opportunities, enabling businesses to thrive and economies to prosper, and, ultimately, helping people to fulfil their hopes and realise their ambitions.

We serve around 54 million customers through our four Global Businesses: Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Commercial Banking, Global Banking and Markets, and Global Private Banking. Our network covers 75 countries and territories in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East, Africa, North America and Latin America.

Listed on the London, Hong Kong, New York, Paris and Bermuda stock exchanges, shares in HSBC Holdings plc are held by about 216,000 in 131 countries and territories.

To learn more, visit us at:

J.P. Morgan


About J.P. Morgan

Working with a team committed to being the best. Earning the trust of our clients. Demanding excellence of yourself. That’s what it means to be part of J.P. Morgan. Join us and you’ll help shape the future of one of the most respected financial institutions in the world. We play a leading role in helping markets grow and companies develop in more than 100 countries.

We are looking for team players and future leaders with exceptional drive, creativity and interpersonal skills. Impeccable academic credentials are important, but so are your achievements outside the classroom.

J.P. Morgan careers website


Opportunities and deadlines

Start early and get yourself noticed.

Career opportunities are available firm-wide, so it pays to find out as much as possible about the industry, our business areas, the roles we offer and what we are looking for before you apply.

Pre-Internship Opportunities

It pays to find out as much as possible about who we are and what we look for before you apply. So start early. There’s no better way to find out about life at an investment bank than to actually experience it firsthand. Each of our pre-internship programmes is designed to introduce you to J.P. Morgan and the career opportunities we offer.

As so many of our past participants have gone on to secure internships and then full-time positions, we strongly urge you to take advantage of these pre-internship opportunities. It will only help your application in securing the career you’ve always wanted.

We offer the following pre-internship programmes for students studying towards their A-Levels, and those graduating in 2018 or 2019.


Applications for the 2018 internships and spring week programmes will be accepted starting autumn 2017.

Morgan Stanley


Company Profile:

Morgan Stanley has earned a worldwide reputation for the excellence of its advice and execution in financial markets. With more than 1,300 offices in 43 countries, the firm is truly global – and a market leader in the U.S., Europe and Asia as well as in emerging markets. Morgan Stanley’s success rests on the talents and passion of our people, who share a common set of values and bring excellence and integrity to everything they do. We seek to grow long-term relationships by virtue of our consistently rigorous thinking and the unsurpassed access to financial markets that Morgan Stanley can bring. This means providing leadership in specific areas such as investment banking, debt and equity underwriting, research, and sales and trading. We also focus increasingly on creating custom-tailored solutions that cut across functions to help our clients realize new opportunities and solve complex problems. Our aim is to be the first choice of everyone who deals in financial markets, whether as prospective clients, employees or investors.


Analyst Programmes, Internships, Industrial Placements, Spring Insight Programmes

Careers website URL:




Nomura is an Asia-headquartered financial services group with an integrated global network spanning over 30 countries. By ‘Connecting Markets East & West’, Nomura services the needs of individuals, institutions, corporates and governments through its three business divisions: Retail, Asset Management, and Wholesale (Global Markets and Investment Banking). Founded in 1925, the firm is built on a tradition of disciplined entrepreneurship, serving clients with creative solutions and considered thought leadership.

We offer a range of graduate and internship programmes across three key areas; investment banking, global markets and corporate infrastructure.

Internship opportunities can include a 10 week spring or summer internship in London or a 3-6 month internship in one of our regional offices. Internships are the perfect preparation for a subsequent full time role. Nomura will extend full time offers to strong performers to return to the company the following year. To apply for an internship position with Nomura in 2017, candidates should be available for full time employment by July 2018.

To apply for a full time position within investment banking, global markets or corporate infrastructure, candidates should be available for full time employment by July 2017.

The recruitment process for the graduate programme consists of three first round interviews (two competency interviews and one case study interview) with junior representatives. If you are applying for an internship, you will attend two first round interviews (one competency interview and one case study interview). If successful, the final round interviews for both full-time and internship positions will consist of four competency based interviews with senior representatives.

At Nomura our goal is to attract and develop exceptionally talented people who share our passion for individual excellence and our commitment to teamwork. We recruit graduates with a high level of academic and extra-curricular achievement, who will be able to withstand the rigours of a rapidly changing, demanding but ultimately rewarding environment. Fluency in English is essential and fluency in other languages is advantageous.

We assess candidates using a range of key competencies which include; problem solving, analytical skills, teamwork, leadership, communication skills, professional presence and initiative. All of these competencies are equally weighted and we look for evidence of these in your CV, cover letter and throughout the interview process. We will also need to be convinced of your interest and commitment to the financial services industry and to Nomura in particular.

For further information about Nomura, please visit www.nomura.com/careers.

Royal Bank of Canada


Royal Bank of Canada is a premier investment bank that provides a focused set of products and services to institutions, corporations, governments and high net worth clients in over 100 countries.

We understand that the first steps in any career in finance are critical. With that in mind, we have the right formula to provide you with the opportunities and professional development you need to turn those first steps into a rewarding career.

You’ll be part of a company with a superior financial track record, credit rating and reputation. In fact, we maintained a high credit rating throughout the recent financial crisis.

Working at one of the world’s leading investment banks means you will benefit from the breadth of opportunity, depth of resources and quality of training that comes from our size, experience and strength. It will also give you the chance to work regularly with world-class clients and colleagues.

In short, we provide the essential components to get your career off to a great start.

Approx. Hiring numbers:

100 +

Application details:

For further details of our programmes and how to apply, please visit our website www.campus.rbccm.com 


FreshLook is an investment banking insight event for female undergraduates of all degree disciplines. A career in investment banking is highly competitive and extremely challenging, so it’s important that you have a strong academic background.

If you are to attend, you should have achieved good grades at A-level (300+ UCAS points from top three A Levels or equivalent) and enrolled at a UK university. Of course we will take any mitigating circumstances you provide into account. Because of the wide range of careers we offer, we welcome applications from all degree disciplines, so you don’t have to be studying a traditional finance-related subject to apply. What you will need is a real desire to find out all you can about the industry, as well as the wide range of intern and full-time opportunities on offer.

You will also need to be in your first year of a three year degree, or in your first or second year of a four year degree (finishing studies in 2019 or 2020).

Our stories

Take a look at some of the past attendees who have gone on to secure places with one of the participating banks, on their internship or graduate programmes.

Click on a photo to find out more about their FreshLook experiences.



Year Attended FreshLook: 2015

University and Course Studied: Economics at University of Glasgow

Which bank you completed an internship with: Royal Bank of Canada (Summer)

Why did you find FreshLook useful? FreshLook does a great job every year at dismantling the misconceptions around City careers and I have decided to pursue a career in investment banking after attending the event in 2015. It was greatly inspiring to listen to some of the most successful female leaders of the banking industry and hear about the impact they have made. To make the most of this event which brings together ambitious female students from across the UK, make sure to network with recruiters, as well as your peers!



Year Attended FreshLook: 2015

University and Course Studied: Mathematics at Durham University

Which bank you completed an internship with: Citi (Summer)

Why did you find FreshLook useful? FreshLook was a great opportunity as it gave me the chance to listen and ask questions to inspirational women that have made a significant impact in the industry.



Year Attended FreshLook: 2014

University and Course Studied: Mathematics at University of Cambridge

Which bank you completed an internship with: Goldman Sachs (Summer)

Why did you find FreshLook useful? I learnt so much about the investment banking industry, which I was previously not familiar with, and was inspired to believe that no matter what your university course you can find an internship (and maybe a future career!) to suit you and your skills.



Year Attended FreshLook: 2014

University and Course Studied: Classics at Durham University

Which bank you completed an internship with: Bank of America Merrill Lynch (Summer)

Why did you find FreshLook useful? FreshLook gave me an invaluable insight into a variety of banks and their differing cultures, and overall the experience made me a stronger and more confident candidate in my internship applications.



Year Attended FreshLook: 2013

University and Course Studied: Economics and International Development at University of Bath

Which bank you completed an internship with: HSBC (Spring & Graduate)

Why did you find FreshLook useful? I learnt the importance of networking. I was able to make contacts with bank representatives from a range of divisions and meet many like-minded students with the same motivation and ambition.



Year Attended FreshLook: 2012

University and Course Studied: Economics and Philosophy at University of Nottingham

Which bank you completed an internship with: J.P. Morgan (Spring, Summer & Graduate)

Why did you find FreshLook useful? FreshLook was one of the first insight events I had ever attended, I found it extremely useful as I didn’t know much about banking at the time. The event provided me with an invaluable opportunity to connect with like-minded peers as well as being able to network with representatives from firms.



Year Attended FreshLook: 2011

University and Course Studied: Economics at University of York & Wharton Business School

Which bank you completed an internship with: Citi (Spring, Summer & Graduate) and Goldman Sachs (Spring)

Why did you find FreshLook useful? I learnt the importance of being pro-active and taking full advantage of the opportunities available in as many ways as possible – using banks’ websites, special events held at banks, networking with senior students and friends and family in the industry.

Attend the event

This event will be on Tuesday 24th July. Please ensure that you are a female in your first year of a three-year course (finishing 2019), or in the first year of a four-year course (finishing 2020). You will also need to have obtained at least 300 UCAS points or equivalent to be eligible. You can register your interest below.

Please note, your CV, name and contact details will be shared with the firms participating in this event. For any questions, simply email events@staffordlong.co.uk

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