Wholesale Strategic Internship

The Wholesale Chief Operating Office, which is where our Strategic Internship Programme is based, is a talented team of around 7,000 colleagues. They work in a variety of middle and back-office roles to support the frontline activities of our Commercial Banking and Global Banking businesses. Together, we deliver the best digital and business solutions, playing an integral part in creating a bank fit for the future by transforming how we serve our customers and colleagues.

The Wholesale Strategic Internship programme is for students from all degree backgrounds who are interested in applying their analytical skills across a variety of situations. This could include understanding root cause analysis for business problems, defining business outcomes and associated routes to achieving them, as well as driving key change initiatives.

For: Penultimate year undergraduates
Duration: 5 to 16 weeks
Areas: Wholesale Strategic
Start date: June 2022 onwards
Location: UK
Requirements: You will have achieved or will be on track to achieve a minimum of a 2:1 Degree classification / 3.2 GPA or higher or overseas equivalent to this. You will be UK nationally mobile. Be fluent in English.
Applications open: 1 September 2021
Applications close: 7 January 2022
Start date: June 2022 onwards

We encourage you to apply for your programme of choice as soon as possible as we recruit on a rolling basis and may close applications before the advertised date if all vacancies are filled.


Our Wholesale Chief Operating Office teams partner with all areas of our Commercial Banking and Global Banking businesses, playing an integral part in creating a bank fit for the future by transforming how we serve our customers. We deliver exceptional customer journeys, enable growth and increase efficiency across the entire Wholesale ecosystem. We connect strategy to action; delivering value through deep institutional knowledge, intelligent design and delivery of end-to-end solutions. We leverage digital capabilities and implement innovative technologies.

This internship is for individuals who are interested to get a taste of what it’s like to work in our Wholesale Teams through a broad range of experiences. This could range from Transformation Initiatives, Digital Change, Business Process Reengineering, Innovation, or one of the core departments that make up our Chief Operating Office.

What you will do

During the internship, you’ll take part in a range of activities, projects and networking events. After an induction, where you will learn about our business, culture and how we operate, you will join one of our Wholesale Teams, which include Strategic Transformation Programmes, Digital Change, Customer Experience, Business Process Reengineering, or one of the core departments that form the Wholesale Chief Operating Office.

You will be part of a team that will allow you to develop your analytical skills in various fields. You will collaborate with senior leaders and colleagues to contribute to real business challenges and activities.

Life in Transformation Services (duration 1:43) The different roles, business areas and products Payal experienced in her rotations helped her decide which area of the bank she wanted to work in

Who does this suit?

We want people with more than strong skills and experience; people who look for ways to make a real difference for our clients.

We are looking for dedicated, collaborative and motivated people who are:

  • Agile workers. You will work in a fast-paced environment where everything evolves very quickly. You’ll maintain momentum by promoting agile working and ensuring we constantly deliver for our clients
  • Analytical thinkers. You’ll need a good eye for detail, a creative mind for analysing trends, and the courage to adopt new analytical methods
  • Team players. We collaborate by listening to new ideas, as well as voicing our own, in order to deliver and develop the best service for our clients
  • Keen problem solvers: Ability to see the wood for the trees, synthesise new information and make sensible assumptions to enable a path forward
  • Map makers not map readers: Able to recognise where new and emerging techniques may be applicable to traditional industries
  • Sociable networkers: An effective communicator with an active social role you will put our customers at the heart of everything you do

What can this lead to?

If you excel in your internship, we will consider you for a role on our Wholesale Strategic Graduate programme the following year, subject to available opportunities. You could be placed in a more specialised position that suits your skills, working alongside like-minded colleagues who share a passion for helping us transform how we serve our customers and colleagues.

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