Take a fresh look at international banking

FreshLook is a profile-raising virtual event specifically designed to introduce first-year and second-year female students to the wide range of careers in investment banking, held online for 2021. 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.




Citi offers full-time, placement and internship opportunities across a number of its business areas, including Banking Capital Markets & Advisory (Investment Banking, Corporate Banking & Capital Markets), Consumer Banking, Markets and Securities Services, Treasury and Trade Solutions (TTS), Private Bank, Operations and Technology. Citi also offers a week spring insight programme enabling first year undergraduates (or 2nd year of a four year course) the opportunity to 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. This is the opportunity to be part of an exciting period in the development of the global financial services industry, working with the brightest minds to drive what’s next within Citi and beyond.


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At Citi, we’ve always been focused on what’s next. It’s one of the reasons why we’ve built a world famous, trusted brand over 200 years of continuously evolving financial services. At the same time, 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 and shape what’s next. After all, it’s our commitment to delivering growth, development and support to our people that makes Citi such a great choice for an outstanding career. It’s also why we were recently ranked as “Best Bank” for corporate citizenship by 3blmedia.

To discover more about Citi, visit www.oncampus.citi.com

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.

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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

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

Morgan Stanley


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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

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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 9 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 2021, candidates should be available for full time employment by July 2021 or 2022.

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 financial crisis, and ranked #4 in the global “Top 25 Most Diverse & Inclusive Companies” in the 2020 Refinitiv Diversity & Inclusion Index.

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.

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



You want a career with opportunities? HSBC has a world of them. They’re looking for new students and graduates who are collaborative and curious thinkers, with the courage to challenge the status quo and the motivation to make a positive impact for customers worldwide.

HSBC is one of the world’s largest, most diverse international banking and financial service organisations. With 3,800 offices in 64 countries and territories, HSBC serves 40 million customers in both established and emerging markets. They aim to be where the growth is, enabling businesses to thrive and economies to prosper, and helping people to fulfil their hopes and realise their ambitions.

HSBC is focussed on building a sustainable future and serving the needs of a changing world. They put diversity at the heart of their business, and want a connected and international workforce of unique thinkers who are open to a range of perspectives that reflect the communities and markets in which they serve.

HSBC provides an open, supportive, and inclusive working environment, providing tailored training and support to help employees thrive in their chosen career path. No matter what your interests and skills are, a career at HSBC will give you the opportunities, experiences, networks and training you need – so there’s no limit to how far you’ll go.

Students and graduates can apply to join intern and graduate programmes across the bank in the following areas: Commercial Banking, Global Banking & Markets, Wealth and Personal Banking (including Global Asset Management) or HSBC Operations, Services and Technology.

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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 your 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 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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