James Kinsella


Where was your internship? Why did you choose that particular organisation?

My internship is at UBS, in their investment banking arm in London and more specifically in credit risk. I chose UBS for a number of reasons. Firstly I wanted to gain some experience in an investment bank (IB) and I saw risk as a department that was becoming even more important, following the financial crisis and increasing regulatory pressure. I also wanted to expose myself to many of the different products an IB can offer, and risk was best placed to do this.

Finally, I wanted to finish my degree in a strong position to get a top graduate job. And so, being one of the market leaders and a well-known brand, I saw UBS as a good place to achieve this.


What are your thoughts on the internship? What have you learned from it?

I am pleased I chose to do the internship. Primarily I have learnt that even an inexperienced undergraduate can come into a large, successful organisation and add value from the beginning.

Also, I have a better understanding of the different types of jobs within an organisation. Different roles even within a department can vary enormously, using different skill sets and working to different types of goals. Knowing this will help any future career decisions. It's also been beneficial finding out what I am good at, bad at and what I enjoy.


What do you plan to do when your degree ends?

I hope to have secured a place on the graduate training programme at UBS.


What would you say to anyone thinking of studying economics at Sheffield and/or taking an internship?

It's much easier to get an internship with no previous experience than a graduate job with no previous experience. It makes sense to give yourself a better chance of getting the job you want. And if you do a year like me, then it's a year of meeting interesting people, networking and putting cash in your pocket for a big final year back in Shef!


UBS headquarters

James at work in the office for UBS