Can you tell us a little bit about your role at Greenhill? What are some of your typical responsibilities?
As an intern at Greenhill, I had the opportunity to work on a diverse range of projects over the summer. Examples of tasks that I helped out with included working on pitch books, helping colleagues with market research and performing financial analysis. Regardless of the level of experience you have in investment banking, you learn a lot and get the chance to work with great people!
Why did you want to pursue a career corporate finance?
The world of corporate finance is dynamic and fast-paced, offering new challenges every day. Transaction work gives you the opportunity to utilise your mind in interesting ways to solve some of the most pressing strategic concerns facing the world’s largest companies. Moreover, working in corporate finance allows you to see the tangible impact of your work on the day-to-day operations of large businesses, made more profound when considering Greenhill’s high-profile client list.
Why did you decide to join Greenhill?
Not only is Greenhill a highly reputable firm, its lean structure as an elite boutique gives analysts and interns incomparable exposure to deal work. Above all, however, it is the culture and talent at Greenhill that ultimately led me to join the firm; the people are intelligent, friendly and extremely supportive, providing the ideal working environment.
How did the internship equip you for the role as a full-time analyst?
At Greenhill, interns are treated as first-year analysts. From the very first day, the team got me involved in a range of projects, providing me with a very rewarding, and very accurate, impression of what a career in corporate finance would be like. Greenhill also provided us with a training day prior to joining, meaning I was able to quickly pick up on work over my summer.
What is the biggest learning curve you’ve faced during your Greenhill career and how did you overcome it?
As an eager intern, it can be tempting to charge full-speed ahead when given your first piece of work, conscious of “not bothering” senior analysts. However, at Greenhill, there is no such thing as too many questions. I quickly learnt that asking for help is vital to optimise your performance as an intern. You are surrounded by some of the best minds in banking, so ask as many questions as possible!
What advice would you give someone joining the internship programme at Greenhill?
Greenhill is truly a great place to be. The work is fascinating, the people are talented and you learn something new every day you are here. However, above all, the best part about Greenhill is undeniably the culture. Try and meet as many Greenhill people as possible while you are here – from fellow analysts to support staff to MDs alike. Truly get a gauge of the culture to figure out if Greenhill is the right place for you.