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Summer internship

Our Summer Internships will give you a unique insight into the world of banking. Even more importantly, they’ll give you a real understanding of RBS, our plans, our people and our caring culture.

What you’ll do

You won’t have to wait to start shaping our business. We’ll give you real responsibility and get you involved in live work projects straight away. Be prepared to contribute from day one.

At the same time, you’ll be learning every day – from your manager, from your buddy, from being in a fast-moving and supportive office environment. In your induction, you’ll learn the basics of the financial industry. Then you’ll get down to business, learning how your business area works and how our different teams operate. At the end of it all, you should have an informed idea of where you might fit in.

You’ll develop some vital skills along the way. Working on live business assignments will hone your project management and presentation skills, while all the socialising and meetings will make you a better communicator and networker. Plus you’ll enhance your team-working abilities through the charity fundraising challenges we hold for our interns.

Who are Summer Internships for?

A penultimate-year student from any academic background, you’ll need to be a fast learner with strong analytical skills and a keen eye for detail. What we’re most interested in are your fresh ideas, enthusiasm and commitment to building a successful future in banking.

We offer Summer Internships in a range of areas. You can learn more about them below. Whichever part of the business you join, we guarantee you’ll make an important contribution. Your initiative, ideas and hard work will play a part in building a brighter future for RBS.

Commercial Banking, Services and Support & Control Functions operate from offices throughout the UK, and interns on those programmes could be based in various geographical locations. 


Markets is where we sell, structure and trade financial products like rates, credit, foreign exchange, equity derivatives and prime services. We also have strong non-market desks in areas such as collateral trading and counterparty exposure management. This internship will see you work on our Trading, Structuring, Sales and Research & Strategy desks.

Capital Markets

Capital Markets helps RBS clients optimise their capital structure, either by raising financing in the debt capital markets or via a range of investment banking products. A Summer Internship here will show you life in our market-leading Corporate Debt Capital Markets; Financial Institutions Group; Corporate Advisory; and Corporate Coverage & Client Management teams.

Global Transaction Services

In this area, our team use their expert knowledge of cash flow, risk and multiple currency deals to help clients move their money around the world. This is also where we manage the products and initiatives involved. A Summer Internship will give you a valuable insight into both aspects of Global Transaction Services.

Global Restructuring Group

Global Restructuring Group works with clients facing debt challenges to put in place innovative rescue and recovery strategies. A Summer Internship will give you exposure to all kinds of restructuring activities.

Commercial Banking

Commercial Banking provides commercial banking services to businesses. An internship here is a great way to see how our market-leading teams operate and how we influence and encourage enterprise. Expect business-specific workshops, spotlight sessions with senior stakeholders, an assessed group presentation and much, much more

Private Banking

As an intern in our Private Banking division, you’ll learn all about providing private banking and investment management services to high-net-worth clients. And as well as excellent technical training gained with one of two heritage brands (Adam & Company and Coutts), you’ll get the chance to attend a insight sessions and networking events.

Ulster Bank

Part of RBS since 2000, Ulster Bank meets the retail, corporate and private banking needs of 1.9 million customers in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. As an intern with a focus on either Retail or Corporate banking, you’ll earn valuable insights into the strengths that set us apart – our debt expertise, sector knowledge, product range and the international reach that comes with being part of RBS.

Operations & Specialist

Services support RBS and its international brands in a huge variety of areas – from maintaining our branch networks to keeping technology systems operating, protecting our customers from fraud, to processing millions of payments. They’re also the brains behind innovative mobile products, new working practices and exciting improvement strategies. As an intern, you’ll enjoy real variety in your projects as you work across a range of business areas.

Technology & Transformation

Our Technology & Transformation team is at the heart of our international operation, providing tech infrastructure and state-of-the-art tools for all parts of our business. As an intern, you’ll be assigned to a specific business area within Technology. This will allow you to understand that area inside out and give you a real understanding of how the international business works together.


The management of risk is absolutely vital to RBS’s stability. Today it underpins our reputation, performance and future success more than ever before. As an intern in Risk, you’ll gain experience of our business-critical functions and develop important professional skills as you do so.

Conduct & Regulatory Affairs

Conduct and Regulatory Affairs is critical to the day-to-day operations of the Bank, and has responsibility for the strategy and successful execution of the bank's approach to managing its Conduct and Compliance agenda, as well as management of all Regulatory matters, including interaction with key regulatory bodies and adherence to regulatory legislation. As an intern in Conduct & Regulatory Affairs, you’ll gain experience of these functions and develop essential professional skills at the same time.

Internal Audit

Internal Audit gives key stakeholders, our executive management, the Board and our regulators the assurance that RBS’s evolution is on track. As an intern, you’ll experience work throughout the audit life cycle, from supporting the development of the audit plan and completing audits to producing recommendations and reporting to the business.


Involved in a diverse portfolio of businesses around the globe, Finance is at the very heart of everything we do at RBS. As an intern, you’ll get a great insight into the vital role they play while enjoying a broad overview of how the bank works as a whole.

Human Resources

RBS is an incredibly varied place to begin your career in HR. As an intern you could be involved in anything from analysing data and providing compensation recommendations to designing assessment methods and recruiting our future leaders. Or you could find yourself partnering with the business to help shape and drive our people and organisational strategies.