Human Resources Internship Pathway

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

Get your career off to a flying start with our 10 week paid internship in Human Resources.

You’ll gain real insight into our people strategy, and be perfectly placed to join our graduate programme the following year.

Ross Adrain

Hear from Ross, a graduate on our Human Resources programme.

You can watch a short film, check out a recent blog, or listen to a podcast where Ross talks about his experience so far.

Read, watch, listen

About the programmes

This 10 week summer internship is designed to give you direct experience of the work we do in HR, our goals and our team culture. You’ll learn about the vital role HR plays in our business, get involved in exciting project work, and see first hand what we’re doing to make RBS a great place work.

You’ll be rewarded with a salary of £18,900 pro rata, depending on location.

The internship will provide a great opportunity to:

  • Develop your skills, and build some new ones
  • Meet new people and grow your professional network
  • Deepen your understanding of business and HR
  • Experience our team culture and values
  • Get stuck into a real life project and add value to our business
  • Gain valuable career experience, which will inspire your future career 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 HR 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 in HR, and take part in a business improvement project with 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, 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 be assigned a buddy and line manager, who’ll help you get acclimatised. You’ll also have access to an on-boarding portal, which provides useful tips and advice, before you start.

    As well as giving you 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.

  2. Placement experience

    Over the 10 weeks, you’ll be taking part in a business improvement project in an area of HR.

    In teams, you’ll be tasked with finding a solution or improvement, in your assigned 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 ambitions. 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. You’ll find out about the details of this project during the induction.

  3. Community project

    In addition to the business project, you’ll take part in a community fundraising 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.

  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 HR graduate programme.

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

About you

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

If you’re passionate about understanding and supporting people then this would be a great choice of programme.

We’ll be looking out for people who show:

  • An inquisitive mind-set, with the desire to bring new ideas forward
  • The ability to build great working relationships, based in understanding, empathy and trust
  • Strong communication and organisational skills
  • The ability to learn quickly and adapt to new challenges

If that sounds like you, then why not apply?

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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