Internships and insight weeks are short-term periods of work experience designed primarily for first and second year university students, and they are a great addition to your CV.
The list below contains some of the schemes open to first year students. Please note deadlines vary, so check each link for further details.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch Insight week and Female Futures one day programme.
Bank of England Six week internships providing the opportunity to support a team on a specific project across all areas of the Bank.
Barclays Spring Programme week of work shadowing, workshops and interactive skills session to give an insight into a career in the financial world.
BNP Paribas A one week insight into corporate and investment banking. Learn about what different areas do and where you might best fit into our organisation.
Citi A Spring insight week, 3 day investment banking programme and Women of Tomorrow programme.
Credit Suisse A five day Spring Insight Program will give you an in-depth view of how the investment banking industry works.
Deloitte A two day residential course including business games, skills session and networking to give you a feel for what it is like to work at Deloitte.
Deutsche Bank A one-week introduction to a career in financial services and with Deutsche Bank. Packed with skills sessions, job shadowing and networking opportunities.
Ernst & Young A three day leadership academy, a two day discover EY programme and numerous insight days.
Fresh Look Banking Insight into careers in investment banking for first year female students.
Goldman Sachs Divisional Spring Internship gives a two week insight into the firm and career opportunities. Programs include Finance, Global Investment Research, Internal Audit, Investment Management, Operations, Securities and Services.
HSBC An Insight Programme introducing the bank and different business areas across global banking and markets.
ICAP Industry Insight Programme offering the opportunity to learn about the firm and to see first-hand what the next possible step in your career with ICAP might be like.
J.P. Morgan Offers two spring week programs: one relating to Investment Banking and CIB Risk business areas, the other Sales, Trading and Research.
KPMG A two-day insight into life at KPMG, their work and whether it is the place where you would like to start your graduate career.
Lloyds Banking Group Make the most of your strengths & interests, and explore where they can take you, on a paid summer internship programme.
Morgan Stanley Week long Spring Insight Programme gives an overview of the firm's different business areas.
Nomura Three day programme over Easter to gain insight into the world of investment banking. The two week Women's Immersion Program is an additional scheme for female students looking into opportunities in banking.
PwC Apply for summer internships, graduate work placements and talent academies.
Redington Experience a day in the life of an investment analyst at their October insight days for women.
SEO First year fast track programmes in Investment Banking or Professional Services (covering Audit, Consulting and Tax) for ethnic minority students.
Swiss Re Three month summer internship in the USA available to undergraduates in their first year onwards.
UBS The UBS Insights program gives students a valuable insight into UBS including their key business areas, strategy, culture and values.
IT and Technology
BNP Paribas Technology Spring Insight is an opportunity to discover what technology in corporate and investment banking is really like.
CityView A careers event designed to introduce female students who are interested in working in technology to the exciting career opportunities in investment banks.
Goldman Sachs Divisional spring internship offers a two week insight into the firm and opportunities in technology within financial services.
Google One week Android Camp in the summer to get to know the company and career paths as well as learn about Android development. Placements can be outside of London.
GCHQ Maths and technology opportunities available including research and development of cryptographic and network security algorithms.
IBM A three to four day event offering undergraduates the opportunity to gain an insight into what it's like to work as an IBM consultant, including interactive exercises and technology presentations.
Metaswitch Networks Technology internship open to all undergraduates - including first years.
Target IT This one day event in autumn is for female undergraduates and gives an insight into technology careers with leading employers.
Addleshaw Goddard Open days providing an opportunity to find out more about law and experience the firm's culture first-hand.
Allen & Overy Insight into life at the firm and the work you will do as a trainee solicitor for first year students.
Baker McKenzie A two day summer programme designed to give first year university students a real insight to life as a commercial lawyer at a global law firm and the work that is done at Baker & McKenzie. Look out for 2018 application dates.
Berwin Leighton Paisner An introduction to law in the spring holidays consisting of a series of talks and workshops, which provide information on life at a major law firm, as well as an opportunity to shadow current trainees.
Clifford Chance First Year Insight Workshops concentrate the experience of a Vacation Scheme into a single day and are a great first step towards securing a Training Contract.
CMS Cameron McKenna Open day with skills sessions to find more about their work, culture and training programme.
DLA Piper Spend the day meeting trainees, associates, partners and graduate recruitment and finding out about the different areas of law.
Herbert Smith Freehills Two day workshop at London office to give first year university students an insight into the firm and an opportunity to meet lawyers and trainees.
Hogan Lovells One week spring vacation scheme to give first year law students insight into commercial law and working in a global legal practice.
Linklaters A two day insight programme for first year law students designed to give a real insight into a career in a global law firm, while also equipping you with the skills and guidance needed to take the next step.
Simmons & Simmons A two day insight workshop, designed to equip you with a range of key skills and commercial knowledge, to help you make your first steps towards your career in law.
Slaughter and May An insight into the legal profession in general and more specifically the work of a City law firm.
Target - Inside City Law Two day event for ethnic minority students. Network representatives from City law firms and experience legal case studies to gain insight into the legal sector.
SEO London First year fast track interactive two day training programme to learn about corporate law.
Barnardo's Volunteer internships in areas such as retail, policy and research, fundraising, marketing and digital media. Suitable for students from all years and all degree disciplines
BP IST Discovery Week in Canary Wharf runs for five days providing first-year students the opportunity to experience our trading and commercial business and the career possibilities available.
Civil Service Fast Stream The Early Diversity Internship programme is a week long placement in a government department including network sessions, skills workshops and work shadowing.
Daimler Three month internship in Milton Keynes at Mercedes-Benz UK head office.
Disney Three month summer internship at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida on the J1 Cultural Exchange program. Wide range of roles available from merchandise to attractions.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car Enterprise internships are available at over 400 offices across the UK give an insight into marketing, sales, customer service and business management.
Renishaw Placements are open to students from all years, especially those from Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Electronic Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Placements are outside of London.
Siemens For students on engineering or business degrees, summer internships are open to first and second year undergraduates.
Unilever Spring programme for first year students in the following areas: Finance, Sales, Business and Technology, Supply Chain, and HR.