Anna Sayers Greenhill Internship Square

Anna Sayers

Can you tell us a little bit about your role at Greenhill? What are some of your typical responsibilities?

The day-to-day work consists of a variety of aspects – from researching companies to generating presentations, there’s always a new challenge to tackle. As an intern, I was most surprised by the plethora of opportunities to work with senior members, allowing me to gain a true insight into a number of different projects.

Why did you want to pursue a career corporate finance?

When I first applied for jobs I was primarily drawn towards sales and trading as it is a more typical career for science and engineering subjects. However, after attending a Women in Banking event at Greenhill, I was particularly surprised by how much I enjoyed working on a case study with Greenhill people. Following this, I did some more research into the industry and decided to apply for the internship.

Why did you decide to join Greenhill?

One of the things that made Greenhill stand out for me was the culture. During the internship I was astounded by how friendly, welcoming, and above all, how patient and willing to help everyone was. Coming from a science background, the work at first seemed very daunting, however, with the supervision and guidance of my mentor and colleagues, I soon found my way. Moreover, the responsibility and exposure afforded to interns and analysts is unparalleled – during the brief period of the internship I was involved in over five different projects and even pitched my own ideas to senior members in a final project. After finishing the internship, I left with thrice the knowledge I had arrived with and couldn’t wait to get back to start full-time!

How did the internship equip you for the role as a full-time analyst?

You’re given responsibilities and work from the get-go, meaning the learning curve is extraordinarily steep. While this may sound daunting, you’re surrounded by talented individuals who are incredibly willing to share their experience and help you when you get stuck, enabling you to find your feet and eventually start swimming on your own. This approach enables you to develop your own ways to handle the different challenges, and has helped me prepare for the full-time position.

What is the biggest learning curve you’ve faced during your Greenhill career and how did you overcome it?

The hardest aspect of the internship for me was overcoming my shyness in order to benefit fully. As a relatively quiet person, I initially struggled to find the confidence to ask for help, however the supportive environment at Greenhill allowed me to develop an improved ability to ask questions and learn from the best.

What exciting work have you been involved in?

I was fortunate enough to work in great depth on an advisory presentation for a leading business services company. As part of the project, I was charged with an in-depth analysis of the company relative to its peers to identify both quantitative and qualitative strengths and weaknesses of the firm relative to its peers. This involved an extensive comparison between the FTSE 100 companies, requiring a comprehensive financial analysis of all the clients peers, culminating in a presentation which I was fortunate enough to sit in on. On top of this, I was involved in a number of shorter term projects that broadened my understanding of other industries.

What advice would you give someone joining the internship programme at Greenhill?

I would advise anyone joining the internship scheme to make the most of the opportunity. It’s a short internship so make sure you ask lots of questions and get involved with as much as possible, as not only will it allow you to get a good idea of what Greenhill is about, but you’ll also walk away with a much better understanding of the industry as a whole!