Take a fresh look at international banking

FreshLook is a profile-raising event specifically designed to introduce first-year and second-year female students to the wide range of careers in investment banking, held on Wednesday 30th September 2020. 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 and second-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 Firms

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


With a presence in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for more than 90 years and offices in 19 countries, Bank of America Merrill Lynch combines local knowledge and global expertise to offer products and services to Global Corporate and Investment Banking, and Global Markets clients.

About Bank of America Merrill Lynch

With a presence in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for more than 90 years and offices in 19 countries, Bank of America Merrill Lynch combines local knowledge and global expertise to offer products and services to Global Corporate and Investment Banking, and Global Markets clients.

Technology touches every part of Bank of America Merrill Lynch and underpins each deal we make. From low latency programming to big data challenges to keep Bank of America Merrill Lynch at the forefront of the world’s financial markets, technology is critical to our success.

Dependent on location, you will have the opportunity to work within one of our technology lines of businesses; Global Banking & Markets Technology, Cyber Security, Chief Data Office & Control Function Technology, and Chief Technology Organization.

Whichever team you join, we expect fresh thinking from our technologists.

We know that our inclusive culture and diverse range of employees, make us stronger and are critical to our company’s sustainability. Our efforts start with young people helping to provide them with the inspiration, tools and confidence to make the transition from school to sustainable employment

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Careers website



We offer a variety of opportunities including apprenticeships, insight programmes, summer internships, industrial placements/attachments and full time roles.

If you’re at the early stage of your first university degree, an insight programme offers you a general introduction to our businesses. Tailored programming and events help you develop new skills and learn more about opportunities with us in advance of applying for a summer internship.

Summer internships typically last for 10 weeks and attract students in their penultimate year at university who aim to start work full time the following year. The summer internship class is our primary source of hiring into our full time programmes. It is a great way to get a taste of what a full time role in your team of interest would be like and to hone your skills through structured performance evaluations, training, development, and social and volunteering opportunities offered throughout the programme.

In some locations, fixed-term placements such as off-cycle internships or industrial placements take place at various times throughout the year. These range in length according to business need.

Full time analyst and associate programmes are designed for candidates who are ready to start work upon university graduation. The programmes’ format and offering vary by business but all offer formal, ongoing training and development opportunities, structured performance evaluations, mentoring support and networking opportunities to supplement participants’ on the job learning and experiences.

We’re committed to offering the scope and opportunities the very best of graduate talent deserves. Full-time and internship programmes are available in many of the following areas, though it is always best to check our website for the most up to date opportunities: Compliance, Corporate Audit, Corporate Treasury, Global Banking and Markets Wholesale Credit, Global Corporate & Investment Banking, Global Markets, Global Research, Global Transaction Services, Market Risk, Quantitative Management and Technology.

Application Deadlines

Assessments will begin before the deadlines listed on our website we strongly encourage you to submit your application early to avoid disappointment.




Citi offers full-time, placement and internship opportunities across a number of its business areas, including Investment Banking, Corporate Banking, Capital Markets, Consumer Banking, Commercial Banking, Markets and Securities Services, Treasury and Trade Solutions (TTS), Private Banking, Operations and Technology. Citi also offers a week spring insight programme enabling students due to graduate in 2021 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)

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 enrolled at a UK university. 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 or second year of a three year degree, or in your first or second year of a four year degree.

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: 2017 Which company did you complete an internship with? Spring Week Insights (Citi, J.P. Morgan) Why did you find FreshLook useful? Freshlook was a great introduction to financial services and allows you to gain an insight into a wide range of investment banks. I really enjoyed surrounded by so many driven young women, and I have built some great networks through the Freshlook event. Having the opportunity to talk to graduate recruitment from the firms allows you to ask questions about their hiring process and understand the culture at the firm. How has the event benefitted you since? The event motivated me to apply for spring week insights and I sent applications quickly to the sponsor firms. I felt it really made my application stand out as I could mention people I had networked with previously and the recruiters could see my interest in their firm. I was successful in gaining a week at J.P. Morgan and Citi and will go onto apply for summer internships in the markets division. What advice would you give to future students taking part? Even if you’re not sure about the career path for your future, I would definitely apply to the FreshLook event and internships at the sponsor firms. Coming from a non-finance background I was always worried that my technical ability would let me down but that was not the case. Don’t be scared to ask questions even if you deem them as ‘silly’, and always be confident in your own ability.



Year Attended FreshLook: 2017 Which company did you complete an internship with? I will be interning at Citi (Summer 2018) Why did you find FreshLook useful? FreshLook provided a unique opportunity to hear from women working in a traditionally male-dominated industry. Hearing their views on how their gender has impacted their career path, and how business environments have changed in recent years as the imbalances between men and women have diminished, was an incredibly useful experience. It made me more confident in myself as a young female, and helped ease some of the nerves I had about going in to such a competitive industry. How has the event benefitted you since? FreshLook was my first opportunity to really learn about Investment Banking: what the career entails, what sort of person suits each role, and what skills are required to succeed in the industry. Since then, I have gone on to secure a Summer internship in the Investment Banking division at Citi. Hearing first-hand from employees at the different banks and learning what makes each one unique was an invaluable experience; speaking to Ashley from Citi at the FreshLook event helped me decide that the company was the right fit for me, and I’m looking forward to starting my internship there this Summer. What advice would you give to future students taking part? Talk to as many people as you can; not only representatives from the banks, but also the other students attending the event. I kept in touch with the people I met at FreshLook, through Facebook or LinkedIn, and it definitely came in handy when I was applying for Summer internships. Don’t be afraid to ask questions too! If you’re just starting to learn about Investment Banking, the best way to find out what the job is really like is by speaking to people who do it every day.



Year Attended FreshLook: 2017 University and Course Studied: Management at University of Manchester Which bank you completed an internship with: Deutsche Bank (incoming summer intern) Why did you find FreshLook useful? FreshLook is useful as I get to meet like-minded students, hear inspiring talks and network with professionals. The event certainly provides me with invaluable insights into the industry and cemented my career interests. What advice would you give to future students taking part? Be active and be prepared to learn. Treat this event as a great opportunity to learn about the industry and meet new people.



Year Attended FreshLook: 2017 University and Course Studied: Mathematics at University of Edinburgh Which bank you completed an internship with: Royal Bank of Canada Why did you find FreshLook useful? Thanks to FreshLook, I learnt about all the different business areas within the banking sector – and I realised I could find a job here that aligned with my interests. I met a lot of lovely people my age and it was motivational to hear how graduates are building their career – and to understand how valuable an internship can be. I also met some great banking representatives, and seeing my enthusiasm over my lack of experience, one even invited me to the trading floor.



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!

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Collecting and protecting your data

Freshlook is organised by our parent company Stafford Long & Partners. In the run up to the event, we’ll be collecting certain data about the people attending. Below is a brief outline of why we need that data and what we do with it when we have it.

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When you apply, your CV and covering letter will be viewed and stored by our Diversity Solutions team. Firstly, so we can see if Freshlook is the right event for you. And secondly, so we can let you know if your application has been successful.

If we offer you a place at the event and you agree to attend, we’ll need to share your CV, contact details and any dietary or accessibility requirements with the participating companies so they know who’s attending on the day. It’s also so they can let you know about future career opportunities that might be of interest. The participating firms are:

  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Citi
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Nomura
  • Royal Bank of Canada

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