Optimise your applications and secure your dream summer internship

Course developed by former Lazard and Barclays bankers

Securing a summer internship in investment banking requires the right strategy, preparation and execution. This module is designed to enable you to develop just that. We take you through the best practices to adopt at each step of the recruitment process, from networking in career and spring events, to perfecting your online applications (CV, cover letters, online tests), and excelling at assessment centers. For those seeking to get an edge over the intense competition, this summer module is an indispensable guide.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction

    • Course introduction
    • Landscape of investment banks
    • Understanding the summer recruitment process
    • Applying for Summer Internships - General pointers
    • Summer Application Tracker
  • 2

    Optimising your CV

    • Introduction
    • Guidelines
    • Structure
    • Header
    • Section I - Educational experience
    • Section II - Professional experience
    • Drafting Bullet Points - Part I
    • Drafting Bullet Points - Part II (Framing of non-financial experience)
    • Section III - Language, IT skills, other interests
  • 3

    Crafting a cover letter

    • Introduction
    • Guidelines
    • Structure
    • Sections I & II - Contact information and Introduction
    • Section III - Why M&A?
    • Section IV - Why the bank?
    • Section V - Why me?
    • Section VI - Conclusion
  • 4

    Responding to competency-based questions

    • Introduction
    • Typology of competency-based questions
    • The STAR method
    • Competency-based questions - 2 exercises
    • Exercise #1 (Jefferies): Overview
    • Exercise #1 (Jefferies): Example response
    • Exercise #1 (Jefferies): Proposed response
    • Exercise #2 (Nomura): Overview
    • Indicative list of competency-based questions
  • 5

    Mastering online tests

    • Introduction
    • Classification of online tests
    • Numerical tests - Overview and example question
    • Numerical tests - Example question #2
    • Verbal tests - Intro and example questions
    • Logical tests
    • Situational tests - Introduction
    • Situational tests - Example question #1
    • Situational tests - Example question #2
    • Hirevues
    • Pymetrics
    • Immersive tests
    • Corporate finance tests - Introduction
    • Corporate finance tests - Example question #1
    • Corporate finance tests - Example question #2
    • Corporate finance tests - Example question #3
  • 6

    Networking - Behaviourial tips and best practices

    • 1. Construct and mobilise the right network
    • 2. Prepare your elevator pitch
    • 3. Networking events organised by banks
    • 4. The case of the Spring week
    • 5. Virtual Networking
  • 7

    Succeeding at Assessment Centres

    • 1. How to get there
    • 2. What to expect - Group case study and role playing
    • 3. What to expect - Interviews with HR and bankers
    • 4. What to expect - Presentation and individual case study
    • 5. What to expect - Networking
    • 6. What to expect - Online Test verification
    • 7. How to get ready and tips