Describe what was involved in your Internship at Santander
The internship lasted six weeks during which I was exposed to responsibilities in the area of Finance. This involved opportunities that exposed me to the ever-evolving regulatory environment and opportunities to learn about the bank’s products. For instance, as a Capital Hub team member I assisted with the documentation of the metadata for calculating the capital Santander has to set aside for regulatory (Basel, FCA & PRA) purposes to comply with audit points. This included updating the metadata for the Retail BDR (Mortgages, Bank Accounts and UPL’s), and the Financial Markets BDR (Bonds, Facilities, Money Market, OTC Derivatives & Repos).
“You only get out what you put in” is a maxim that I strive to live by and this was meaningfully useful during my time at Santander. Although the internship was based in the Finance division, extracting and facilitating as many experiences as possible was a necessity, for instance, arranging meetings and networking with people throughout the organisation. An example of this was visiting the Foreign Exchange (FX) Options Desk on the trading floor in the London office. I organised this meeting in order to gain first-hand knowledge for an FX presentation I was working on, and during the visit, I gained insights into Santander’s FX trading strategies and risk adverse hedging practices. In addition, the rotation aspect of the internship complemented the aforementioned maxim too, for instance, I had the chance to visit different divisions of the bank, which considerably enriched my learning experience of how Santander approaches banking as a whole. This permitted me to extract significant information from each rotation, which improved my knowledge and developed my skills.
What skills did you develop during your Internship?
During the internship, there were various skills that I had the chance to develop and improve. For example, the ability to communicate concisely and appropriately, the ability to prioritise my work and work under pressure towards tight deadlines. Furthermore, I developed valued skills including teamwork, IT (SQL and Excel), and analytical skills.
How has the Internship at Santander helped your career prospects?
Speaking from the perspective of a person with mobility issues and knowing that disabled people have been known to discover adversity in obtaining high-level careers, I am aware the Santander internship has increased my career prospects and employability. This can be attributed to building key desirable skills such as confidence, drive and self-awareness skills. I value Santander’s approach to offering talented disabled people the opportunity to gain esteemed corporate experience. I believe Santander has taken a significant step in breaking down the economic and social pressures disabled people have been factually known to face, and also a noteworthy step to diminish the discriminant categorisation of disabled people in the workplace.
Working for Santander was an invaluable experience and I am appreciative to have learnt and gained knowledge from a diverse range of high-level financial professionals.