August 11, 2016

Biggest Internship Surprises: 11 BNY Mellon Interns Weigh In

BNY Mellon Summer Analyst Program interns

BNY Mellon Summer Analyst Program interns


Throughout August, we’re providing a peek at what it’s like to intern at BNY Mellon. In our latest installment, we’re featuring some of our interns’ responses to: “What surprised you the most about your internship?”

Mentors, managers and a supportive culture
The mentoring program was a very pleasant surprise within the internship. BNY Mellon assigns you two mentors within your department – a senior mentor and a peer mentor. If you have any questions or issues that you are not comfortable speaking to your manger about, your mentors are great people to talk to! – Juliana G., Treasury Services, Pittsburgh

I think the biggest surprise about my internship was how helpful and friendly everyone was. Although I expected this to an extent, everyone in the office is always willing to help as long as you are willing to ask the questions. I really found that everyone wants you to succeed and do the best work possible. – Max T., Audit, New York

I’ve been really surprised by the dynamic environment here at BNY Mellon. Working in the Pittsburgh Innovation Center, there is a level of openness, collaboration, and technological innovation that I don’t think is typically associated with banking. I think this goes a long way in combating the boring-banking stereotype, as well as directly competing with the allure of technology companies. – Alexandra B., Technology, Pittsburgh

How much support I got from BNY Mellon and, in particular, my manager on furthering my career development! I expected to work for BNY Mellon and to invest a lot of time into them. However, they also invest a lot of their time and effort in you! – Conor H., Global Client Management, London

I was most surprised with how people from other divisions of the bank were very open to meeting with me. Although almost all of my work was done within my department, I got to talk with employees from other divisions and locations who were happy to offer their time and career advice. – Drew M., Wealth Management, Pittsburgh

How friendly and open everyone is to spend time with me. Even if it is coffee or a chance to speak with someone for 30 minutes, I am always able to learn from each and every employee I come in contact with. I normally meet with someone who works in a line of business that I am unfamiliar with, or someone who may be able to give me insight and advice for my professional development. – Sanura D., Asset Servicing, New York

Training and real world experience
What surprised me the most about my internship is that I’m learning more than anything. I’m constantly doing training and taking courses. That’s a bonus because I’m building on existing knowledge and also developing new skills and abilities. – Valerie O., Finance, Manchester

My internship is within Investment Accounting, so I thought my primary tasks would involve bookkeeping and basic accounting. However, my work has been focused on dealing with real world issues like Money Market Reform.  Working on these topics involves many moving parts, which has helped me to expand my knowledge and practical skills far beyond what I expected. – Chris S., Investment Management, Brooklyn

No coffee runs, plenty of responsibility
Everyone has heard the horror stories about the intern that goes on 20 coffee runs a day, has their office in the copy room because that’s all they do or has that boss that always looks over their shoulder. Well at BNY Mellon, I’m thankful to say it’s nothing like those stories. The thing that surprised me the most about this internship actually was how much freedom I was given. I never went on a single coffee run, made a single copy, and never felt micromanaged. My relationship with my manager has made me enjoy my work environment. – Josh B., Audit, Pittsburgh

I had come into the internship expecting to do the work of an intern. However, the better the work I submitted, the more responsibility I was entrusted with. – Mohammad A., Risk and Compliance, New York

Even though I’m just an intern, I never really feel like one. There was never coffee-grabbing, lunch-getting, copy-making, fax-sending… and if you speak up, people will listen! On our internal company social page, all the interns create their own blogs to document their work over the summer. Suresh Kumar, BNY Mellon’s CIO, commented on one of my blog posts and started a discussion that eventually led to a side project that I took on with two other interns. Put yourself out there – the results will be rewarding. – Charlene L., Technology, Jersey City