Spend ten weeks working on a live development project with us.
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Running from June to August, our Application Development Summer Placement has two key strands.
Following a week’s induction, you and your fellow intern will work together as a team on a live technical project for the firm. What’s important is that you’ll have responsibility for the full lifecycle - from taking the initial brief to project planning, programming, testing and delivery. At every stage, you’ll meet with our experienced technical and business leads, who will support you throughout the process.
Running alongside your project, you will have a range of development opportunities with other teams in the department. So in the first weeks when you are gathering requirements, you will spend time learning from our Business Analysts. Then you’ll meet with Project Managers to learn more about our Agile working environment and see how other teams put Agile methods into practice. There will also be exposure to quality analysis and development procedures, plus the chance to see first-hand the work of testers and developers. So as you spend time with the experts, you will be able to apply what you learn directly to your technical project.
Now in your penultimate year of study for a software development related degree, you’re fascinated by emerging technology and keen to explore its potential. You’re just as keen to find out how that technology can be used to drive a leading investment management business.
So when you apply, we want you to tell us about any websites or apps you’ve built, blogs you’ve written or technical forums you’ve contributed to. Show us your problem solving approach to technical challenges too. We want to hear about your experiences and how your strengths play out in real situations - perhaps from a part-time job or a society you’ve been part of while studying.
We’re looking for well-rounded individuals who have a positive approach to new challenges, enjoy the buzz of collaboration but are happy to work independently. As the Technical Project will be a web-based application, you will need to know your way around web technologies.
“Asking for help is encouraged here. My team are supportive and always there to help me. Every week is full of new things to learn and there’s a clear structure to keep you on track.”
Complete a short online application form covering your educational history, and some competency skills. We will review your application to find out more about you and assess whether you have the ability, attributes and curiosity to take on a placement.
If you are successful in the first phase, we will invite you to our offices in Edinburgh for an interview with one of our Application Development professionals and a member of the HR team. They will look at your application with you and discuss the academic and professional choices you have made so far. They will also ask you to answer competency-based questions that assess your abilities and experience.
I found out about Baillie Gifford through word of mouth as one of my friends joined the firm though the graduate training programme. I did a bit of research, and the company’s Shared Beliefs, in particular their customer-focused approach, really resonated with me. As I currently have a part-time job in the leisure industry, I understand the importance of putting customers first. The application process was very straightforward and relaxed, which really suited my personality and allowed me to show who I really am.
I’ve worked as a lifeguard since I was sixteen so, understandably, I had some apprehension about my first office-based role. It’s a very different environment! But I was soon at ease as everyone is so welcoming and I was encouraged to ask lots of questions. It’s been interesting to meet people from different departments within the firm and get a better understanding of the business. So far, I’ve met with an Investment Manager, a Senior Trader in the Trading Department and the manager of Settlements Central Support. With the Trading department I was even able to help put a real trade through, which was very exciting.
Currently I’m working on a project for the Client Department Support team. Our task has been to create an events management system from scratch, where ticket availability can be posted, people can express interest and then tickets can be allocated. It’s really satisfying to work on a real, live project from beginning to end.
As part of the project we’re piloting a new web application template that has been developed internally and using Angular for the front end, which is a whole new language for me. It’s been a learning curve, but we’re given a lot of resources to support our development, such as access to online courses and internal workshops. I’m also inspired by our Tech Lead, who joined as a graduate trainee just three years ago and is already managing projects.
The firm’s approach to the assessment process was open and accommodating. For example, my first-round interview was scheduled in December, but I had already returned home for Christmas – thankfully, the interview team was happy to conduct the interview via a video call. I enjoyed the recruitment process as the interviewers were enthusiastic and encouraging.
From the start I was keen to try a different kind of working environment. Previously, I had completed an internship at a small charity that employed about ten people, so I wanted to work in a larger organisation, interacting with different teams and departments. So far, it has been rewarding and the open, friendly culture I experienced throughout the interview process has proven to be a reality here at the firm.
Even though I’m just one person within a large organisation, I still feel like I have an important part to play in the business. There’s a real sense that we’re all “in it together”. When my Project Lead was on holiday, so many people came over to offer help. There’s plenty of input from other teams if we need it. We have been working closely with the Client Department Support team, who are the internal clients for our internship project, Application Platform Development and the UI/UX team. Although I like the theoretical aspects of my degree, I have enjoyed creating an application that will improve someone’s life by simplifying their everyday tasks.
I have been putting the Agile Project Management skills I learnt at university, such as stand-ups, sprints and retrospectives, into practice. They allow us to prioritise the most important parts of the project, so deadlines are easier to meet. A real highlight for me so far has been spotting that one of the elements we are trialling wasn’t working. I brought this to the attention of one of the specialist teams, who were then able to fix the problem. I found it very satisfying when a member of the team said it was a good catch and that not everyone would have spotted it!