The Opportunity

Lasting six weeks, our summer internships aim to give undergraduates in their penultimate year a great insight into life at our firm. You won’t be left making the tea; you’ll get involved in the same sort of work as our graduates, which could mean attending meetings with partners, visiting clients, doing research and everything in between. It’s a great opportunity for us to see if you have what it takes to become one of our future business advisors.

Smith & Williamson felt a lot more personable and less corporate than its competitors, making it a really enjoyable place to work. Joining in the Summer, all of the tax returns are being filed so there’s plenty to be getting on with. And the Salisbury office hold an annual partner’s BBQ which means an afternoon off to socialise with your colleagues.

I wanted the opportunity to experience the many different facets of a career in the finance industry and the internship at Smith & Williamson did just that – from churning through the numbers to being a trusted advisor to clients ranging from wealthy individuals and corporations, to partners or children with trust funds.

My manager was a wonderful mentor, patiently answering any questions I had and making sure I had a variety of work to do which meant that I never got bored. You feel as though you are immediately responsible for these individuals’ tax affairs, with other members of the team relying on you to get the work out in time for internal and external deadlines. The rush close to a deadline quite thrilling; the office has a tangible buzz about it.

Chemical Engineering Student – Cambridge University, PCTS Salisbury

During my time at Smith & Williamson I was part of the forensics team, where the vast majority of work is case based. I spent most of my time in Monitoring and Trustee services which consisted of me doing a lot of research on the current mergers and acquisitions that we were entrusted with, as well as attending many calls and keeping on top of the vast amount of documents received. As part of one of the cases, I enjoyed a two day trip to Paris to the offices of a client we were working with, taking part in meetings and experiencing a completely different professional culture. This would have to be the highlight of my internship.

Overall, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. I made great friends with the other interns in the London office and we regularly meet up over lunch or after hours. The work was interesting and I really enjoyed the level of responsibility I was given. The atmosphere in the office is extremely welcoming and the culture of putting the client first really did shine through.

Geography student - University of Exeter, Forensics London