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Locations                                                             Edinburgh | London

time type                                                             Full time

job requisition id                                               R0071100

Job Description

Investments – Internship Programme | June 2024 start date | Edinburgh or London

Closing date: 31st October 2023 (We reserve the right to close earlier due to volume of applications)

About abrdn

At abrdn, our purpose is to enable our clients to be better investors.

Clients worldwide trust us to find future-fit investment opportunities to deliver the outcomes they want. Our technology and insight help empower them to make better decisions, while the powerful partnerships we build help to enhance the expertise that we offer. And by enabling clients to invest responsibly, it helps us to build a better world.

About the Internship Programme

The opportunity to join us as an intern is one that is unique, challenging and rewarding. We are currently looking for world-class talent to join our summer internship programme running from June – August 2024 in our Edinburgh and London offices within our Investments Vector.

We offer investment expertise across all key asset classes, regions and markets so that our clients can capture investment potential wherever it arises. By combining market and economic insight with technology and diverse perspectives, we look for optimal ways to help investors navigate the future and reach their financial goals.  And by putting environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations at the heart of our process, we seek to find the most sustainable investment opportunities globally. By ensuring the assets we invest in are ready for and resilient to a world in transition, we act as guardians of our clients’ assets.  The combination of our research, thematic thinking, ESG best practice and extensive on-the-ground analysis helps us find the most sustainable future-fit investment opportunities globally.

Our broad and deep investment capabilities allow us to offer intern roles across a variety of different areas including:

  • Equities
  • Fixed Income
  • Multi Asset Solutions
  • Quantitative Investments
  • Private Equity
  • Global Client Solutions

We therefore need multi-talented individuals – future researchers, fund managers, coders, business managers, product specialists, project managers and analysts who have a desire to learn, work hard and make a difference in a collaborative way.

From day one, you’ll contribute to our ambitions whilst developing your skills and knowledge. Over the 10 week summer placement you will be given real work with tangible outputs within the Investments Vector, allowing you to gain exposure to real investment and business situations, with real responsibility.

Regardless of which team you join within the Investments Vector you will gain a depth of experience; getting the opportunity to work with seasoned professionals across our business and engage in development activities with your peers on the internship programme. You will be based with the same team throughout the placement.

During the 10 week internship programme you will build knowledge within the department you are in as well as having the opportunity to build a network with other interns and wider colleagues.

As well as on the job learning, you will have access to a wide range of e-learning courses and complete a structured development programme over 10 weeks that includes training, networking and gaining exposure to senior stakeholders across the business.

On completion of your summer internship you will be considered for a position on our 24-month rotational graduate programme starting in September 2025 within the Investments Vector. This programme gives graduates the chance to start their career in a highly supportive team environment, whilst gaining skills, experience along with support through further qualifications.

What Our Graduate Programme Offers

Our graduate development programmes provides you with the opportunity to rotate around the business for six month placements giving you exposure to the wider business and potentially, the chance to complete one rotation outside of your base location.

To support our graduates to get going quickly we provide an extensive induction giving you access to hear from senior professionals across the company, complete soft and technical skills training courses and get to know your cohort of graduates.

Further to formal structured development programme and rotational opportunities, as a graduate you will be supported to work towards a recognised industry qualification for investments which is most commonly Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

About You

We are looking for penultimate year students, from a variety of degree disciplines, who can demonstrate the following capabilities:

  • Performance driven;
  • Customer & client focused;
  • Collaboration & Influence;
  • Strategic thinking;
  • Ambitious:
  • Transparent;
  • Inclusive & empowering leadership.

Application Process

The application process is made up of four stages:

  • CV & online application;
  • Online tests;
  • Pre-recorded video interview;
  • Assessment centre (group activity, case study presentation, panel interview).

Our Inclusive Culture

We have a long-term commitment to building inclusive work environments; we value diversity in our workforce and welcome enquiries from everyone. You can find out more about our inclusive culture here.

We are proud to announce that we have officially become a Disability Confident Committed – Level One employer. Therefore, if you have a disability and would like to submit an application to one of our UK roles under the Disability Confident Scheme, please notify us by completing the relevant section in our candidate questionnaire and one of our team will reach out to support you through your application process.

Please contact us (abrdnearlycareers@abrdn.com) if you require reasonable accommodation to be made to any stage of the recruitment process. Our Early Careers team will be pleased to discuss your needs and ensure that these are accommodated.

Our Benefits

There’s more to working life than coming home with a good salary. We have an environment where you can learn, get involved and be supported.

When you join us, your reward will be one of the best around, including 40 days annual leave, a 16% employer pension contribution, a discretionary performance-based bonus (where applicable), private healthcare and a range of flexible benefits including gym discounts, season ticket loans and access to an employee discount site amongst many others. You can read more about our benefits here.

We’re committed to providing an inclusive workplace where all forms of difference are valued and which is free from any form of unfair or unlawful treatment.  We define diversity in its broadest sense – this includes but is not limited to our diversity of educational and professional backgrounds, experience, cognitive and neurodiversity, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief and ethnicity and geographical provenance.  We support a culture that values meritocracy, fairness and transparency and welcomes enquiries from everyone.

If you need assistance or an adjustment due to a disability please let us know as part of your application and we will assist.


About Abrdn

At abrdn, our purpose is to enable our clients to be better investors. abrdn plc manages and administers £542 billion of assets for clients, and has over 1 million shareholders. (Figures as at 31 December 2021).

Our business is structured around three vectors – Investments, Adviser and Personal – focused on the changing needs of our clients.

Across markets globally, we build investment solutions to enable clients to create more opportunities for their futures.

Our platform technology and tools help UK wealth managers and financial advisers create more opportunities for their clients and their businesses.

Our personal wealth business offers tailored services to help individuals in the UK create financially secure futures in a way that works for them.