Describe your internship at the bank
After going through the assessment days, with group projects and other technical tasks, I was eventually assigned to the Payments Team. As an intern I was surprised at the amount of responsibility I was initially given, which also grew over my time there. My responsibilities included cheque clearing and queries, screening for fraudulent activity and ensuring high value transactions were authorised in line with strict deadlines. I would also be in regular contact with the branch staff, which helped me develop a greater understanding of the values and culture at Handelsbanken. Additionally, as interns we were assigned a group project to work on, which we presented to the staff at the end of the programme. This led to me accepting a part-time role in the Financial Crime department during my last year of university, which is where I still work today.
What did you look forward to each day?
This was my first time going through an intern programme and so it was great to be able to gain so much valuable experience. From the daily tasks, to simply working in an office environment, these were all things that you can’t learn at university. The thing I looked forward to most each day was definitely working amongst such a great team. They encouraged me to get stuck in with all sorts of tasks, and most importantly taught me how to make a proper cup of tea.
What advice or tips would you give to any new Handelsbanken interns?
I would recommend the internship programme to anyone who’s interested in banking and finance. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do at the time, and the course helped me figure this out. My advice would be to simply take on as much responsibility as you can, as this way you’ll meet the most people and give the best opportunity to start a career here.