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Work Experience Programme in the City for Aspiring School Leavers

Big City Bright Future is an annual three-week work experience programme created especially to help school leavers who aspire to work within the City. IntoUniversity school leavers are encouraged to come along to our Insight Day on 11th April 2017 to learn about the programme and interact with representatives from nine global organisations. Attendees then get the chance to apply and interview for a three week work experience programme in July. You could be gaining valuable experience in the City in areas such as law, asset management or banking whilst getting paid to do it.

Key dates:

Insight Day application deadline – Friday 17th February 2017

Insight Day – Tuesday 11th April 2017

Interview days – Tuesday 30th May and Friday 2nd June 2017

Work Experience – Monday 10th to Friday 28th July 2017


Big City Bright Future is organised by IntoUniversity.

IntoUniversity is a growing education charity providing local learning centres where young people are inspired to achieve their full potential. Our mission is to bring Higher Education within the reach of students within the communities we support, thereby opening up a world of new life-possibilities including professional careers.

IntoIntoUniversity has 14 years’ experience of delivering high quality and impact-driven programmes through its national network of learning centres in Brighton, Bristol, Leeds, London, Nottingham, Oxford and Southampton. In the 2015-16 academic year IntoUniversity supported over 25,500 children and young people across England.

We have an excellent track record of working in partnership with schools, universities and businesses. Through our corporate partnerships we are able to offer our young people valuable opportunities including aspirational visits to workplaces, corporate mentors and work experience.


With major firms from Investment Banking, Inter-dealer Brokerage, Law and Asset Management, Big City Bright Future gives you the chance to engage with experienced individuals and begin to form an idea of where your potential career may take you.

Every firm participating is a globally recognised organisation. Together, they work to make a positive impact and actively strive for equality and diversity in their respective fields.

Click on a logo to view a firm profile.


We bring together financial leadership and state-of-the-art technology to deliver investment strategies that make a difference for our clients. That’s why investors – and the businesses they work for – entrust us with trillions of dollars, and why global governments come to us for help navigating the world’s toughest economic climates. Join us, and you’ll be joining a firm that was built for these times.

The unrivaled breadth of our global platform—with more than 10,500 “feet on the street” in 6 continents—gives us better information and sharper insight into today’s rapidly changing and interconnected markets. And our ability to share and compare the information across teams and time zones helps us translate local insight in on part of the world into foresight—and action—in another. It’s part of what makes our people—and our clients—better, smarter investors.

We are One BlackRock. We challenge ourselves—and each other—to collectively raise our game. Diversity strengthens us; our best solutions come from the contributions of a group of talented and smart people, each playing a unique—and critical—role.

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Bank of America Merrill Lynch

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.

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At CIBC, we are in business to help our clients, employees and shareholders achieve what is important to them. Our ability to create value for all CIBC stakeholders is driven by a business culture based on common values: Trust, Teamwork and Accountability.

Our seasoned team of professionals partners with corporations, governments and institutional clients in key financial centres around the world to develop customized solutions that enable them to access capital, expand their operations and actively invest.

CIBC is the strongest publicly traded bank in Canada by Bloomberg Markets2 and the only North American bank in the ranking for the last five years. We are focused on meeting our clients’ needs today and into the future to help them keep pace with the ever-changing market.

With CIBC, challenging assignments in a dynamic, merit-based culture will help you quickly move up the learning curve and expose you to new and exciting experiences. To complement your on-the-job training, we offer development options designed to keep you at the forefront of a rapidly changing global marketplace.

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Mako is a diversified financial services business with an established track record in trading, sales and advisory and asset management.

By challenging industry norms and embracing change, Mako aims to be at the forefront of its field, offering proven risk management and bespoke client services. Mako has a track record of consistent and long-term high performance underpinned by a dynamic and entrepreneurial culture.

Mako remains committed to trusted partnerships with investors, clients, counterparties and to social responsibility.

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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 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.

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Prism Financial Products LLP is a first-of-its kind buy-side brokerage firm that combines an industry leading team of global market experts with a proprietary and cutting edge trade optimization analytical tool that has been internally developed. Prism focuses on global macro buy-side clients for exchange and over-the-counter (“OTC”) products, currently covering interest rates and bonds, equity indices and in the future to include foreign exchange and commodities. Prism currently provides buy-side clients with trade execution services for exchange-traded products and serves as an “introducing broker” to the investment banks for trading of OTC products.

Our client base and target audience include hedge funds, pension and insurance funds, asset managers, investment banks, and very high net-worth family offices. They are either already well-known, very sophisticated investors looking for longer-term high return market investment opportunities (e.g. established hedge funds, asset managers, pension funds), investment banks or insurance companies looking to divest of their cheap but very complex and illiquid assets (e.g. as part of a regulatory-driven deleveraging agenda), or very high net-worth family offices who have a background in private equity investments (high return but illiquid investments over many years) and are interested in similar profile investments in the markets.

Prism has been in operation for 3 years out of its London headquarters and has just opened an office in New York.

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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.

Closing Dates:
All applications are opening on 1st September 2016 and we will work on a rolling basis.

Graduate deadline: November 6th 2016 – 5pm GMT
Summer Intern Deadline: 1st January 2017 – 5pm GMT
Spring Insight Deadline: 15th January 2017 – 5pm GMT

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Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons is a leading international law firm with fully integrated teams working throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm’s vision is to continue to be a leading global law firm through our sector focus, which is underpinned by our ambition to provide our clients with high quality advice and deliver value through new ways of working.

From our offices in major business and financial centres throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia, we view the world through the lens of our key sectors: asset management & investment funds, financial institutions, life sciences, and technology, media & telecommunications. These key sector teams are drawn from the core practice areas of: corporate, competition & regulatory, dispute resolution, employment, pensions & employee benefits, financial markets, information, communications & technology, intellectual property, projects, real estate, and tax.

Trainee Profile

Simmons & Simmons is interested in finding out about your academic successes but will also explore your ability to form excellent interpersonal relations and work within a team environment, as well as your levels of motivation, drive and ambition through all stages of the application process and beyond. Show us evidence of this as well as examples of your intellectual capabilities and we will provide you with everything you need to become a successful member of our firm.

Training Environment

Simmons & Simmons has training contract opportunities in our offices in London and Bristol open to law and non-law students and graduates. Our training programme is constantly evolving to build the skills you will need to be successful in the fast moving world of international business. During the training contract, trainees complete four six month seats in different practice areas ensuring you will have a broad legal experience and a balanced, integrated approach to gaining the knowledge, expertise and abilities you will need to qualify in the practice area of your choice.

Vacation Placements

The firm’s internship schemes are one of the primary means of selecting candidates for a career at Simmons & Simmons. Your placement in our London office will enable you to gain a first-hand experience of a busy and dynamic international law firm, with exposure to the deals and transactions the firm works on.


The firm will cover your full tuition fees for law school and offer a maintenance grant of £7,000 for the GDL and £7,500 for the LPC.

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TD Securities

With more than 3,500 people in 12 offices around the world, TD Securities provides a wide range of capital market products and services to corporate, government and institutional clients who choose us for our knowledge, innovation and experience in the following key areas of finance:

  • Investment and Corporate Banking
  • Capital Markets
  • Interest Rate, Currency and Derivative Products
  • Commodities

Our services include the underwriting and distribution of new debt and equity issues, providing advice on strategic acquisitions and divestitures, and executing daily trading and investment needs.

With our history of delivering results, we’ve developed considerable strengths, including recognized trading expertise and street-level market intelligence that we use to consistently create value for our clients.

As a leading investment dealer with offices in key global financial centres, we recruit high-calibre, diverse talent to be our future leaders. Our new employees work with experienced colleagues and have an opportunity to make a real difference for our clients right away.

TD Securities is a performance culture that offers a challenging and rewarding career with excellent opportunities for advancement. Come join our winning team and get on the front line faster.

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Citywire provides no-nonsense, impartial financial and business news, data and research for professional investors and advisers around the world. We publish our own news, analysis and unique fund manager performance information that helps our readers make the best decisions about where to place their clients’ money. And we do it all with a great deal of style. We create beautiful magazines and indispensable websites and we hold great events all around the world from Bangkok to Montevideo and many places in between.
We started out in 1999 and there are now around 220 of us – most of us in Vauxhall, London where we’re surrounded by nice pubs and green spaces and served by superb transport links. The rest of us are in fast- growing offices in New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, Milan and Munich. No matter which office you are in it’s a fun place to work. To get a better idea of what it’s like to work here from the people who already do, see our Working at Citywire video at https://youtu.be/1QgIAcSPIN0


MarketAxess operates a leading electronic trading platform that enables fixed-income market participants to efficiently trade corporate bonds and other types of fixed-income instruments using MarketAxess’ patented trading technology. Over 1,100 institutional investor and broker-dealer firms are active users of the MarketAxess trading platform, accessing global liquidity in U.S. high-grade corporate bonds, emerging markets and high-yield bonds, leveraged loans, European bonds, U.S. agency bonds, municipal bonds, credit default swaps and other fixed-income securities. MarketAxess also offers a number of trading-related products and services, including: market data to assist clients with trading decisions; connectivity solutions that facilitate straight-through processing; technology services to optimize trading environments; and execution services for exchange-traded fund managers and other clients.

Insight Day

On Tuesday 11th April 2017 we will be holding our Insight Day where we’ll welcome all our potential applicants to the work experience programme. It will be completely free for students, will last for four hours, and is an opportunity to learn everything you need to know about our work experience programme and working in the City.

The Insight Day is a fantastic opportunity in itself and something that will look great on your CV.

There will be an introduction to City industries such as law and financial services, an overview of the work experience itself and a chance for you to network with people who share your interests. Not only that – you’ll get to hear from industry experts and even engage with the firms’ representatives in person. In addition, you will gain some key recruitment skills to help you stand out from the crowd.

By the end of the Insight Day, you should have a clear idea of what your preferred industry is, and what the next steps are in the Big City Bright Future programme.


  • 10.30 – 10.45 : Sign-in and Registration
  • 10.45 – 11.00 : Welcome
  • 11.00 – 11.15 : Introduction to the Insight Day
  • 11.15 – 12.15 : I CAN stand out from the crowd: Industry Insight Investment Banking and Asset Management
  • 12.15 – 13.00 : Lunch
  • 13.00 – 14.00 : I CAN stand out from the crowd: Industry Insight Law and Media
  • 14.00 – 14.45 : I CAN stand out from the crowd: Career Tips
  • 14.45 – 15.00 : Next steps and how to apply
  • 15.00 – 16.00 : Networking

Travel expenses

Standard class tube or train fares from within London will be reimbursed. If you live outside of London your travel to and from the event will be arranged by your local IntoUniversity centre – please get in touch with them to discuss the arrangement from your city.



Following the Insight Day,  please re-visit the Big City Bright Future website to apply for the work experience programme. To apply you will need to submit a CV and three open ended questions (i.e. what you have learnt from today, an example of when you have been part of a team, etc). Please note the following deadlines and timescales:

Friday 17th February 2017: deadline to submit Insight Day application

Tuesday 11th April 2017: Insight Day

Tuesday 18th April 2017: deadline to submit CV for work experience programme

Tuesday 30th May and Friday 2nd June 2017: interviews for successful applicants

Monday 10th – 28th July 2017: work experience programme

Work Experience

For the 100+ students successful in the interview, you will be allocated to your firm and your work experience will begin.

You’ll learn about the sort of work they do, be involved in one of their many projects, and gain valuable knowledge and exposure to your industry want to go into.

Week 1 – Bootcamp

For the first week you’ll be based at King’s College London on a training course that will provide you with the skills and advice needed to help you with the next couple of weeks of work experience. You will take part in soft skills sessions such as presentation skills, effective teamworking and commercial awareness as well as having the opportunity to hear from graduates from the participating firms.

Weeks 2 & 3 – Work Experience

For the second and third week, you’ll spend your time at the offices of your allocated firm and discover first-hand how a global player operates. You’ll work within a team and be responsible for daily tasks and objectives set by your line manager. These tasks and objectives will revolve around a key live project, which you’ll be actively involved with throughout your placement. By the end of this stage, you should have a realistic idea where a career in your chosen sector could take you and exposure to the industry you want to go into.

You may also participate in a one-to-one development coaching session aimed at helping you transition to university and the workplace. It offers you the chance to consider your future career direction and aspirations with Emily Chappell –  www.emilychappellcoaching.com.

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Week 3 – Final Day

For the last part of the work experience, all students will return to the King’s College London venue for a wrap-up session. This is the final day of the programme, where once again you’ll interact with both fellow students and sum up how your experience has gone. You’ll discuss everything you’ve learnt and, most importantly, how you plan to use your experience to secure your next full-time position or internship.



For Insight Day travel expenses please save all your travel receipts and take them in to any IntoUniversity centre after the event where you will be reimbursed in cash.

For the Interview Day please bring your receipts with you – we will have an expenses form for you to fill out for any expenses over £5.

Each student accepted on to the work experience programme will be paid £1,200 at the end of the three weeks. Please note you will need 2-3 documents ready for on boarding at the firms, i.e. passport, driving licence, bank statement, birth certificate etc.

If you are unable to attend the Insight Day please get in touch with your Into University contact about how to gain the information from the day and whether it will be possible to go forward for interview stage.

If you attend the Insight Day but cannot attend interviews in May 2017 please also let your Into University contact know so we can try to schedule this as a telephone interview on a different day.

Yes, we are only putting forward students that have been through the application process for the Insight Day forward for the next stage of applying to the programme. If you have passed this process and are then unable to make the Insight Day you can talk to your IntoUniversity contact about whether you would be eligible to apply to the programme.

A simple packed lunch will be provided at the Insight Day for you to collect and eat around the campus.

Accommodation in London will be provided for a limited amount of students living outside of London.

The work experience programme runs between 10th to 28th July 2017. There is a specific training programme and firm schedule, so unfortunately it will not be possible to arrange it at another time.

Please contact the founder of the programme nitin.sharma@blackrock.com for more details and how to get involved.

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