intern programme investment bank

For the past 7 years, Freshminds has managed the annual intern and analyst recruitment programme for one of London’s most prestigious boutique investment banks.


Having become dissatisfied by the service of another firm, our client came to Freshminds looking for a solution as to how they could build a top-tier, sustainable junior talent pipeline capable of helping them execute some of the world’s highest profile transactions.

As one of the most respected names in the M&A advisory space, they look for incredibly high-calibre individuals, with great emphasis put on not only academic credentials, but fantastic all-rounders that fit the firm’s distinct culture.

As such, we need to place huge emphasis on not only assessing technical skills, but also really probing at the softer skills that will make them a success in the role.

How we do it

In a truly collaborative relationship, Freshminds acts as an outsourced graduate recruitment partner to the bank on an annual basis. The work that we do is broadly split into three key areas:

1.       Attraction

We run a number of highly-targeted events at some of the UK’s top universities, leveraging our existing relationships with relevant societies and universities. These events are selectively headhunted for, and typically attended by senior individuals within the bank.

2.       Selection

Freshminds takes full ownership and responsibility for the 2000+ applications received for the internship programme.

We reduce this number down to 20 for assessment centre via a rigorous process of online testing (via our proprietary maths test, Mapped) followed by a series of around 180 telephone interviews and 60 to 70 face-to-face meetings.

3.       Assessment

We plan, organise and manage completely customised Assessment Centres that meet our client’s specific needs – typically attended by 20 prospective candidates.


Successfully retained since 2013, Freshminds has placed 70+interns and analysts with our client, and seen them work on transactions that have frequently made front-page business news.

If this reflects outcomes that your business may require now or in the future, then please get in touch for further information.

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