Early Careers - Baillie Gifford
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Frequently Asked

Salaries, Timings and Location

When do the graduate programmes open for applications?

Our programmes open for applications from 16th August.

When do the graduate programmes close for applications?

The Business Operations and Accountancy programmes close on 7th November 2022, the Shanghai Programme closes on 17th October 2022 and the Investment Research and Technology Solutions programmes close on 21st November 2022.


Investment Research Programme: £55,000 per annum

Business Operations Graduate Programme: £38,500 per annum

Accountancy Graduate Programme: £38,500 per annum

Information Systems Graduate Programme: £42,000 per annum


Software Development Internship: £20,000 per annum pro rata

Technical Infrastructure Internship: £20,000 per annum pro rata

Business Operations Internship: £18,000 per annum pro rata

When is the start date for the graduate programmes?

All our programmes start in September 2023, apart from Accountancy which starts in August 2023.

When do the internship opportunities open for applications?

Applications for all Internships open on 16th August 2022.

When do the internship opportunities close for applications?

All our internship opportunities close on 7th November 2022

When do the internships start and finish?

All Internships run from June to September 2023.

Can I submit a speculative application?

Please visit the Early Careers website to make an application during our recruitment campaign (August to November). Unfortunately, we are not able to hold speculative CVs, therefore all applications must be submitted through the formal application process.

Where are your offices based?

As all of our UK graduate programmes are based in Edinburgh, our head office. If you accept a place, you’ll need to either relocate to Edinburgh or be able to commute to this office.

Can I work in your other international offices?

Currently, the vast majority of our graduate programmes are only located in our head office in Edinburgh. However, depending on your training programme, you may get the opportunity to travel or to apply for a secondment to one of the other offices. Our Shanghai office has an Investment Research graduate programme which starts in the summer of 2023.

Do you reimburse the travel and accommodation costs for interviews?

We will reimburse expenses related to the recruitment process. First stage interviews will be conducted remotely in 2022 and second stage interviews will be held in person at our Edinburgh office. We will reimburse expenses including travel, accommodation, and reasonable food expenses. Please retain any receipts. Guidance will be provided for candidates invited to the second stage.

Will you provide relocation assistance if I have a place on the summer internship programme?

Our internships are based in Edinburgh. To get the most from the learning experience, we encourage regular attendance at the office during your time with us. We understand moving to a new city can be daunting and expensive, so we’ll provide accommodation in central Edinburgh for the duration of your internship. More details will be provided to candidates during the final assessment stage.


Do I need to have studied a particular degree?

We welcome applicants with degrees in any subject for all our graduate programmes. We expect a minimum 2:1 degree across our programmes.

Do I need to have graduated within the last three years?

There’s no time limit on how long ago you gained your degree or postgraduate qualification. We also welcome applicants who have gained postgraduate work experience.

What are the requirements for the internship programme?

You must be in your penultimate year of study to apply for these opportunities.

If I’ve applied previously and was unsuccessful, can I apply again?

Yes, we’re open to candidates reapplying for our graduate programmes. However, if you received feedback from a previous interview process, we encourage you to take this feedback on board to improve your chances of success for any subsequent applications.

Can I apply for more than one programme or internship?

We encourage you to think carefully about which opportunity is right for you and to apply to one programme or internship. Find out as much information as possible and attend some of our events listed on our website, to hear from the programme leaders and current graduate trainees.

Do you sponsor international visa requirements?

We welcome applications for our roles from all suitably qualified candidates. If candidates do not currently have the right to work, we will support an application for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker regime. We can sponsor candidates on a visa for the majority of our roles, however, where a candidate does require sponsorship, they will need to meet the minimum requirements set by the government.

What do I do if I have a special requirement and need help applying for a programme?

Just get in touch. We’ll do everything we can to make our application process accessible for you. So, if you do need our support, please contact us at [email protected] and we’ll be happy to help.

Application Process and More

How long is the process and when are the interviews?

You’ll receive an automated response when you submit your application to confirm that we’ve received it. We aim to get back to you within eight weeks of your application. However, depending on the number of applications we receive, timescales may vary. We begin screening applications in September. Interviews are scheduled and offers are made on an ongoing basis, so we’d encourage you to apply sooner rather than later.

Will I get feedback throughout the application process?

If you attend an interview at Baillie Gifford, you can request feedback following this, regardless of the outcome. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide feedback if you do not make it past the application stage, due to the large volume of candidates.

Who should I contact if I have any technical challenges submitting my application?

If you have any technical issues with our website when submitting your application or registering for one of our events, please email [email protected] for assistance.

Are internships a direct route to the graduate training programmes?

There could be opportunities for you to be awarded a place in the following year’s graduate programme. This would be discussed during your internship.

Are the graduate programmes permanent opportunities?

All of our graduate programmes are permanent opportunities. Therefore, if you accept a role at Baillie Gifford, we will be committed to your long-term career development throughout the programme and beyond.

How many internship places are available?

The number of Business Operations Summer Placements available depends on business need, but last year we had seven opportunities across our operational departments. There are currently five places on our Software Development Internship and a further five on the Technical Infrastructure Internship.