Internal Audit Internship Pathway

Location: Edinburgh, London and Belfast Qualifications: On course to receive 2:1 or equivalent Start date: June 2018

Internal Audit is an independent area of our organisation, integral to us meeting our ambitions, and protecting the interests of our customers. We provide assurance by calling out risks, asking the tough questions, and challenging where we need to.

Emma Watson

Hear from Emma, a graduate on our Internal Audit programme.

You can watch a short film, read more about the business area, or listen to a podcast where Emma talks about her experience so far.

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About the programme

This 10 week summer internship has been crafted specifically to give you direct experience of the work we do in Internal Audit, our goals and our team culture.

Starting your career with Internal Audit will give you a unique opportunity to quickly gain experience and insight into the financial services industry, its products and its operations. You’ll also interact with and learn from respected industry leaders.

On this programme, you’ll be rewarded with a salary of £18,900 pro rata, depending on location.

The internship provides a great opportunity to:

  • Develop your skills, and build some new ones
  • Meet new people and grow your professional network
  • Deepen your understanding of our business
  • Experience our team culture and values
  • Get stuck into a real life project and add value to the business
  • Gain valuable career experience, which will inspire your future choices

For us, it’s also about finding and engaging with talented and passionate people who’ll make a difference to our business in the long term. That’s why if you complete the internship successfully, and enjoy your experience, there could be a place available for you on our 2019 Internal Audit graduate programme.

What you'll do

The internship starts with an induction. You’ll then begin a 10 week placement, where you’ll attend training workshops, get involved with our day to day work, and take part in a business improvement project with your fellow interns.

In the last week you’ll be assessed against what you’ve learnt, where you’ll have the chance to reflect on and demonstrate this.

For the full 10 weeks, you’ll be paired with a ‘buddy’ and a line manager. Your buddy will be a current graduate, who’ll help you get settled and share their experience. Your line manager will provide guidance and support throughout the programme, discuss career options and help you grow your professional network.

For a fuller picture of how you’ll progress through the 10 weeks, check out the Learning Journey below.

Learning Journey

  1. Induction

    During the induction period, you’ll learn about RBS, meet your fellow interns and have the chance to talk with colleagues, including senior leaders, from around our business. You’ll also be assigned a buddy and line manager, who’ll help you get settled in. Before then, you’ll have access to an on-boarding portal, which provides useful tips and advice.

    As well as giving an overview of the bank, the induction will outline the goals of the programme, introduce you to our values and explain the work you’ll be involved in over the next 10 weeks. You’ll also learn about the training we’ll provide and how the programme is assessed.

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  2. Placement experience

    Over the 10 weeks, you’ll be taking part in a business improvement project, linked to Internal Audit. You’ll find out about the specifics of this project during the Induction.

    In teams, you’ll be tasked with finding a solution, or improvement in a specific area. This will give you the chance to complete research on a topic, work collaboratively, develop a business plan, and come up with recommendations for improvement or change to support our values. You’ll present on this, as a team, toward the end of the programme.

    This will be a great way of putting new ideas forward, making a real contribution and getting a sense of what our team culture is really all about.

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  3. Community project

    In addition to the business project, you’ll take part in a community fund-raising challenge. Working in teams, you’ll have a few weeks to create a business plan, with the goal of raising as much money as possible in one day of fund-raising activity for your team’s chosen charity. You’ll then put your plan into practice on the day.

    Throughout the challenge, you’ll be supported by current RBS graduates. This isn’t a formally assessed element of the internships, but it’s a great opportunity to hone your skills, and have some fun, while contributing to a valuable cause.

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  4. Assessment

    Toward the end of the internship, you’ll be assessed on what you’ve learned, against the goals and values explained in the induction. You’ll be keeping up a learning log week by week, and you’ll be discussing progress with your line manager throughout.

    In the penultimate week you’ll present, as a team, on the business improvement project you’ve been involved in, and you’ll also have an end of internship review. Complete these successfully, and you could be offered a place on our 2019 Internal Audit graduate pathway.

    From there you can carry the skills you’ve learned forward and take the next exciting step in your career.

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About you

To be eligible for our internship programmes, you’ll need to be in your penultimate year of a university degree, and on course for a 2:1 or above.

We’re looking for people who are analytical thinkers, able to overcome a range of challenges. You’ll have first class communication skills both written and verbal, and the interpersonal skills to negotiate and challenge as appropriate.

You’ll also have a real initiative and resourcefulness when it comes to your work, with a meticulous approach to problem solving and attention to detail.

Current openings

Take a look at programmes that are currently open for application below. You can also visit our application advice pages, where you’ll find details about the application process, as well as tips and advice to help you at every stage.

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