Banks and professional services firms now run spring weeks, insight programmes and open days specifically for first year undergraduates. These are a great way to find out about a firm, their roles and the sector by attending employer offices for presentations, seminars, shadowing, coaching and work experience. They range from half a day to two full weeks. Companies often use these schemes as a feeder for their internship programmes (which are normally Penultimate Year programmes)

All the schemes below are open to first years. Some are also open to second years and masters students. 


Legal Sector:

A&L Goodbody - Law Start Training Days (Dublin) -The programme is open to first and second year undergraduate students only. However, you don't need to be a law student to apply for a LawStart Day, we accept applications from students of all disciplines.  If you would like to apply for a LawStart Day in our Dublin office, please complete our online application form. The closing date for receipt of completed applications is Friday 20 March 2015.

Banking and finance sector

Bank of America Merrill Lynch – spring insight week-long placements designed to increase your knowledge of the financial markets. You also take part in interactive case studies. Closing date: 15 January 2015 (for first years).

Barclays – a week-long experience across a range of different areas. All spring programmes open on 1 November 2014.

Blackrock – has previously offered an EMEA Insight programme based in London but there were no details on its website as yet.

BNP Paribas - one week spring insight programme in the London office offering an insight into corporate and investment banking. Open to first and second years. Closing date: 31 December 2014.

Citi Group – Citi Quest is a one week spring programme. CitiScope is a three day programme to explore IB plus diversity events. Closing date: 9 January 2015.

Credit Suisse – diversity programmes and a spring programme provide a five day introduction to investment banking and support functions including operations, finance and IT. Closing date: 17 January 2015

Deloitte – offering summer vacation scheme and also Spring into Deloitte, a two day residential course. Applications will be opening soon and generally close as vacancies are filled.

Deutsche Bank - db Discover offers both summer internships and Spring into Banking, a ‘mini internship’ introduction to what a career in financial services is like. Open now but no deadlines given.

EY – offers Intro EY open days and evenings, a three day Leadership Academy and a Discover EY two day programme in audit and tax aimed at first year students. Limited places so apply early.

Goldman Sachs – two week divisional spring internship program is aimed at first years and designed to help you understand more about the company. Closing date 4 January 2015. The Goldman Sachs Student Challenge is also open – deadline 30 November 2014.

HSBC - spring insight three day event across global banking and markets. Closing date: 15 January 2015. Also seven week summer internships for first years offering placements in retail banking and wealth management.

ICAP – has previously offered a one week industry insight covering interdealer broking and ICAP “to get a taste of what we’re about before you make any long-term career decisions”. No further details are currently available.

JP Morgan – different week-long events are aimed at getting students closer to a career in investment banking. Spring Week: Inside the Industry offers a unique insight into investment banking and IB risk business areas. 

KPMG – its 2015 first year internship programme is coming soon. If interested, then you need to join the KPMG Smart Network to hear about it.

Lloyds Banking Group – spring weeks and insight programmes not mentioned mentioned. Internships are available. Deadline: 31 December 2014 but may close earlier if roles are filled.

Morgan Stanley – the week-long Spring Insight Programme gives an overview of the Institutional Securities Group (ISG), including investment banking, Global Capital Markets (GCM), sales and trading, equity research and real estate investing. Closing date 13 December 2014. Open days and various diversity events are also open to first year students.

Nomura - its pre-internship offer includes a three-day work shadowing program in the London office, across investment banking, global markets and corporate infrastructure divisions. There is also a two week ‘Women’s Immersion’ programme. Closing date: 18 January 2015.

PricewaterhouseCoopers – there are lots of schemes and events open to students including dinners, drop-in and office events, and Talent Academy Days all aimed at first year students. Various closing dates and application methods.

Rothschild – first year spring insight in Global Financial Advisory (GFA). Deadline: 28 December 2014.

Royal Bank of Scotland - spring and summer programmes are on offer in areas including markets and IB, operations and technology. Also week-long internships in group functions including HR, risk and audit. Dates not yet confirmed.

Towers Watson – insight programme for first years run at Easter and offer an insight into the different consulting streams including actuarial. Closing date is 30 January 2015 but recruitment is on a first-come first-served basis.

UBS – a range of programmes for first years including a one week introduction to investment banking, which gives a possible fast-track into a summer internship the following year. Closing date: 18 January 2015.


Other sectors

BP - offers several Discovery Day, Discovery Week and shadowing programmes. Some applications open on 5 January 2015.

Unilever – a new three day spring programme in April includes a selection day for the summer programme. Programmes are in a range of areas including financial management. Open for applications and screening on an ongoing basis.


Diversity programmes

Target graduate recruitment events – various insight days in areas including law, banking and technology. some of which are suitable for first year students. Examples include a day in the city, women in investment banking and city law.

SEO London – its first year fast-track scheme is for first year ethnic minority undergraduates keen to learn more about investment banking, corporate law and professional services. You get the opportunity to take part in interactive training sessions and to be fast tracked for work experience/insight programmes.