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Work Experience with global firms for Aspiring School Leavers

Entering its seventh year, Big City Bright Future is an annual three-week paid work experience programme created especially to help school leavers who aspire to work within competitive industries. The aim of the programme is to allow students to accelerate their career pathway by providing outstanding work experience before university. Year 13 IntoUniversity students are encouraged to apply to the Insight Day in February 2021 to learn about the programme and interact with representatives from 21 global organisations. Attendees then get the chance to submit their CV and interview for the three week work experience programme in July. You could be gaining valuable experience in areas such as law, asset management or banking whilst getting paid to do it!

Key dates:

Applications open – Friday 23rd October 2020

Application closing date – Sunday 8th November 2020

Insight Day – Tuesday 16th February 2021

CV closing date – Sunday 28th February 2021

Interview days (for those shortlisted) – 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th April 2021

Work Experience programme – Monday 5th - Friday July 2021



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.

IntoUniversity has 18 years’ experience of delivering high quality and impact-driven programmes through its national network of learning centres in Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Clacton-on-Sea, Coventry, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Nottingham, Oxford, Southampton and Weston-super-Mare. In the 2018-19 academic year IntoUniversity supported over 40,000 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, FinTech, Law, Consulting 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.

Alliance Bernstein
Eurex Clearing
Goldman Sachs
LaSalle Investment Management
MMC Ventures
N+1 Singer
RW Baird
Tradeweb Markets

AllianceBernstein (AB)

AllianceBernstein (AB) is a leading investment-management firm with $480 billion in client assets under management, as of December 31, 2016. We provide forward-looking perspective, independent research and investment discipline across asset classes, from equities and fixed income to alternatives and multi-asset portfolios. Our worldwide clients—including institutional, high-net-worth and retail investors—face new investment challenges and opportunities every day. Through our unique combination of expertise, research and global reach, we apply collective insights and leverage our extensive global footprint to help keep our clients at the forefront of change.


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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Bloomberg is the global leader in business and financial data, news and insight. Using the power of technology, the company connects the world’s decision makers to accurate information on the financial markets – and helps them make faster, smarter decisions.

Bloomberg is committed to giving back to the cities in which its employees live and work in order to create lasting impact. Every Bloomberg employee makes that commitment possible.

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Bank of America

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.

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 well being of our employees, brings numerous opportunities for all employees to participate in initiatives that help make Bank of America 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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Eurex Clearing

Eurex Clearing is one of the leading central counterparties globally — assuring the safety and integrity of markets while providing innovation in risk management, clearing technology and client asset protection. Eurex Clearing serves about 200 Clearing Members in 19 countries, managing a collateral pool of EUR 49 billion and clearing trades valued at EUR 11 trillion every month. Clearing  the broadest scope of products under a single framework in Europe — both exchange traded and over the counter. Eurex Clearing provides its services for derivatives, equities, bonds and the secured funding and securities financing markets.



Evercore is a premier independent investment banking advisory firm.
We founded Evercore in 1995, on the premise that clients would be best served by an investment banking firm free of the conflicts of interest inherent to large, multi-product financial institutions. We believed our model would attract the most talented senior finance professionals to our firm. We believed that by maintaining the highest standards of excellence we could create a firm unlike any other in terms of capabilities to advise on highly complex strategic transactions, dedication to our client and our experience and professionalism.

Today, we serve a prominent and diverse set of clients and investors, including leading multinational corporations, large institutional investors and financial sponsors, and high net worth individuals.

Goldman Sachs

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. 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 that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. Founded in 1869, we are headquartered in New York and maintain offices in all major financial centers around the world.

Our people are our greatest asset. We focus on cultivating and sustaining a diverse work environment and workforce, which is critical to meeting the needs of our clients and communities.


Kearney is a management consulting firm. Consultants at Kearney help the leaders of top  businesses and organisations solve their biggest and most important problems. We work in teams to help a company with a difficult business challenge such as reducing costs, introducing new products, expanding to a new country or implementing new technologies.

Kearney has offices in more than 40 countries with over 3,500 employees around the world. There are  150 people that work in the London office. This includes not only consultants, but many different jobs like  marketing, finance, accounting and human resources.



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.


When Instinet gave birth to electronic trading in 1969, we were a small tech-focused upstart with a simple (but then, radical) point of view: that technology can bring great efficiency to the financial markets. No one had coined the term “fintech” yet, but that’s what we were. We’ve made it our mission to remain at the forefront of advancements that shape the financial markets ever since.

Instinet is an institutional, agency-model broker that also serves as the independent equity trading arm of its parent, Nomura Group. It executes trades for asset management firms, hedge funds, insurance companies, mutual funds and pension funds.

Instinet is 850+ professionals working from market centers across North America, Europe, and Asia.
Boston, Chicago, Denver, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Singapore, St. Louis, Sydney, Toronto.



LaSalle Investment Management is a leading real estate investment management firm. We only invest in real estate, bringing a unique focus and depth of expertise to the sector.

LaSalle operates in 17 countries and 24 offices worldwide. As an independent subsidiary of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated (NYSE: JLL), one of the world’s largest real estate companies, we have a presence in every region of the world in which we invest.

At LaSalle, clients always come first. We understand our clients’ requirements, and design investment strategies and devise asset allocations to meet their objectives. We take our fiduciary responsibility seriously and are driven to deliver competitive performance while building long-term relationships.



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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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.

MMC Ventures

MMC Ventures are a venture capital fund that invests in early-stage technology businesses. Venture capital is a type of financing that is provided by firms or funds to small, early-stage, emerging firms.

We back entrepreneurs to build market-leading global businesses. We have a culture of openness, integrity and ambition. Our investment comes with responsibility and we pride ourselves in remaining transparent and making balanced decisions in the toughest situations. We build relationships with entrepreneurs and investors based on trust and mutual respect.


N+1 Singer

N+1 Singer are a leading investment bank dedicated to advising and funding ambitious growth companies in the UK.

We were founded in 2006 with the sole aim of servicing the UK mid and small cap market and have raised over £6 billion of equity for our clients over 13 years.

We have two central tenets that bind us together, our equity and our profit share. We strongly believe that as many people as possible should own the equity. As a result, over 80% of our employees own shares in our business and currently 22 are Equity Partners owning over 0.5%. The profit share has the same ethos – if you are doing a great job for our firm, then you should be on the profit share.


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.

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Founded over 100 years ago, Baird is a multinational independent investment bank and financial services company providing investment banking, capital markets, private equity, wealth management, and asset management services to individuals, corporations, institutional investors, and municipalities.

With more than 3,100 employees, Baird has offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and is one of the largest privately held, full-service investment firms in the United States. Baird manages and oversees over $151 billion in client assets.

Our complimentary business units allow us to diversify and balance our revenues across all types of market conditions. The breadth of our businesses contributes to our consistent growth and long-term financial stability, making us a strong and trusted financial partner for generations of investors.


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 or Bristol 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 offers 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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Tradeweb Markets builds and operates many of the world’s leading financial marketplaces, providing market participants with greater transparency and efficiency in fixed income, derivatives and ETF trading. Focused on applying technology to streamline the trade lifecycle, Tradeweb pioneered straight-through-processing in fixed income and now supports an integrated workflow for more than 20 marketplaces with electronic execution, processing, post-trade analysis and market data. Tradeweb Markets serves the dealer-to-customer markets through the


Tradeweb institutional platform, inter-dealer trading through Dealerweb, and the US-based retail fixed income community on Tradeweb Direct. Customers rely on Tradeweb to drive the evolution of fixed income and derivatives through flexible trading architecture and more efficient, transparent markets.


Founded in 1931, Weil, Gotshal & Manges is an international law firm headquartered in New York.  Widely recognised by those covering the legal profession as best in class, Weil’s lawyers regularly advise clients globally on their most complex Litigation, Corporate, Restructuring, and Tax and Benefits matters. With approximately 1,100 lawyers in offices on three continents around the world, Weil operates according to the “one firm” principle, allowing us to bring the right mix of firm-wide skill and local-market presence to deliver the coordinated legal advice  necessary to help our clients achieve their sophisticated goals and objectives. Established in 1996, the Weil London office is consistently regarded as one of the most successful London offices of a U.S.-based law firm. We provide clients with legal expertise at the highest level across our key practices of Private Equity, Private Funds, Leveraged Finance & High Yield, Structured Finance, Restructuring and Dispute Resolution, all supported by specialists in tax, competition, corporate governance and compliance, employment, management incentives, real estate, intellectual property and technology. You can find out more about Weil London’s Graduate Recruitment programme and Vacation Scheme here. https://ukrecruiting.weil.com/

Virtual Insight Day

On Tuesday 16th February we will be holding our Virtual Insight Day for 300 students. The Insight Day will be an opportunity to gain further knowledge on the programme, hear from senior speakers, and a chance to network with each other and all the partner firms.

On top of the Insight Day, your local IntoUniversity centre will host a physical networking session. This will be a chance to meet other applicants from your centre and to network with employees from firms in your local area.

More information on the content of the Virtual Insight Day to follow.


  • 10.30 – 10.45: Welcome
  • 10.45 – 11.00: BlackRock Senior Speaker
  • 11.00 – 12.00: Networking
  • 12.00 – 12.15: Break
  • 12.15 – 13.15: Networking
  • 13.15 – 14.00: Lunch
  • 14.00 – 15.00: Industry Case Study
  • 15.00 – 15:30: Q&A and depart


Following the Insight Day,  you will be asked to submit your CV. Please note the following deadlines and timescales:

CV deadline – Sunday 28th February 2021

Interview days (for those shortlisted) – 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th April 2021

Work Experience programme – Monday 5th - Friday July 2021

N.B. All applicants will need to have proof of right to work in the UK.


For the 120+ 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.

What it will involve

During your 30-minute interview, you’ll be assessed by a manager from one of the participating firms, who’ll be asking you a series of competency and motivational questions.

You’ll be asked about why you would like to participate in the work experience programme and what you hope to gain from it; so make sure you have answers ready for these questions. Also, if you’ve had any past experiences with your studies – or with any clubs or societies – that you think could be relevant, don’t forget to mention these as well.

If you’re unsure of how to prepare yourself for the interview, here are some top tips to get you going:

  • Practice your answers in front of friends and family; get used to hearing your answers out loud.
  • If you have an industry preference demonstrate that you have researched it beforehand.
  • Plan your journey and give yourself plenty of time.
  • Think “professional” – turn off your phone, don’t chew gum, and wear something smart on the day.
  • Be engaging, enthusiastic and polite to everyone you meet throughout the process.
  • Describe any work experience you have using the STAR technique (Situation, Task, Action, Result).
  • If you don’t understand a question in the interview, or need some time to think about it, just let us know.

You may well have an idea of what firm you’d like to spend your work experience with; however, bear in mind interviewers will be selecting students for the programme itself, rather than for any specific company. Industry preferences will be taken in to account following the interview.

Schedule your interview

All video interviews will take place in April 2021 during the Easter School Holidays. You will be allocated a time and a date for your interview. If you are unable to make your interview time or date you must let IntoUniversity know as soon as possible so we can try to rearrange it.

Work Experience

For the 120+ 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.


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.



Applications for Big City Bright Future 2021 will open in October 2020 and close on Sunday 8th November 2020. Please note – the internship is only open to Year 13s who are part of the IntoUniversity programme. If you would like to find out more please get in touch with jack.hall@intouniversity.org

Each student accepted on to the work experience programme will be paid £1,236 at the end of the three weeks. Please note applicants need tp provide documents proving right to work in the UK in order to be onboarded by the firms, i.e. passport, driving licence, bank statement, birth certificate etc.

We recommend business dress for the programme. Each of the 21 firms taking part will have a slightly different dress code that they will inform you of. The most casual you should be is smart casual.

If you have a commitment that cannot be changed (i.e. interview, family wedding etc) please get in touch with your IntoUniversity centre contact to discuss. We do not encourage missing any part of the paid programme, but understand some things are unavoidable.

Students will be provided with a food voucher to cover lunch during the first five days of bootcamp at Kings College. You will need to bring in or pay for your own lunch whilst doing work experience.

Accommodation and travel cards will be provided for a limited amount of students living outside of London.
Travel will not be provided for those living in London.

Students should now know which firm they have been allocated to during the two weeks before starting the programme. The firm will let you know which team/department you will join during bootcamp. Please note that whichever firm or team you join it will be an invaluable experience.

Please contact jack.hall@intouniversity.org for more details and how to get involved.

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