Mathematics, Placements and Internships
As a mathematics student you have two options for securing some employment experience as part of your degree: one year industrial placement or a summer internship. One year placement are taken after you have successfully completed your second year of study and are 9-12 month in duration. Upon completion you then return to finish your studies. Summer internships are taken in the summer between the 2nd and 3rd year and typically last between 4-12 weeks.
Where placement/internship students work
Mathematics students work in a wide-variety of roles across the full spectrum of industries: Finance & banking, IT, pharmaceutical, retail, local government, automotive and charities. Below are just some of the companies that previous placement and internship students have worked in:
What roles placement/internship students do
Students undertake a variety of roles during their placement year/summer internship from working in the Studio Entertainment Finance Team at Disney to being part of the Global Business Services Team at IBM and have the opportunity to contribute to high-end projects such as assisting with the budget-planning for a blockbuster movie. Having the chance to put their mathematics skills into practice in an industry setting is invaluable and many of our students are offered graduate roles – allowing them to focus exclusively on their final year of study upon return to City, University of London. Typical roles titles have included: Data Analyst, Business Analyst, Pricing Analyst, Trainee Accountant, Finance Assistant, Internal Auditor, Investment Analyst, Project Manager and Banking Consultant.
Skills our students gain on placement/internship
Whilst out on a placement/internship our students have the chance to develop many of their own numerical and transferable skills as well as learn new ones they can take with them into a future graduate role. These can include analytical skills, acute attention to detail, the ability to construct logical arguments and present complex solutions, problem-solving, investigative skills, working successfully as part of a team, financial forecasting, data analysis and improved Excel skills.