This 10-week programme is your opportunity to work across the whole software development lifecycle as you learn about our pioneering Information Systems department and Baillie Gifford as a firm. Discover how leading-edge technology can drive business forward in the fast-evolving investment management industry.Read more
Spend between 8–12 weeks immersing yourself in one of the diverse operational functions that underpin our business. Gain real-world experience, work on live projects and boost your future prospects.Read more
Our office is based in central Edinburgh and all of our internships and placements will be based here. Interviews will be carried out in Edinburgh too.
Applications for the Application Development Summer Internship and Technical Infrastructure Placement open in mid-August 2019. Our Business Operations Summer Placements open for applications in November 2019.
Application Development and Technical Infrastructure close on the 29th November 2019. While our Business Operations Summer Placements close for applications on the 31st December 2019.
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While they are not a direct route into our graduate training programmes, you will receive guidance on our recruitment process.
Application Development Summer Internship - £20,000 pro rata
Technical Infrastructure 12-15 Month Placement - £20,000 pa plus bonus
Business Operations Summer Placements - £18,000 pro rata
The number of Business Operations Summer Placements available depends on business need, but last year we had ten opportunities across our operational departments. There are currently two places on our Application Development Internship and a further two on the Technical Infrastructure Placement.
Our Technical Infrastructure Placement starts in the summer of 2020 and runs for 12–15 months. For our Business Operations Summer Placements the length depends on the department, but they typically run from June until August. Our Application Development Internship also runs from June to August.
I applied to a number of different summer internships but what really stood out with Baillie Gifford was their Corporate Social Responsibility agenda. I was interested to see what the firm could offer beyond the usual perception of a financial services organisation. The culture here is all about continuous development. There’s a lot of e-learning and the opportunity for interns to complete courses and go to conferences. It’s also a very inclusive environment and I’ve been fortunate enough to attend a multicultural meeting after the firmwide ‘multicultural awareness week’.
I opted for a placement in HR and am working with the Talent Development team on their company-wide “Aspiring Managers” programme. It’s about helping those who have the potential to be managers to develop their skills in areas such as self-awareness and emotional intelligence. I’ll be interviewing colleagues to see where they’d like to develop, and which resources could help them do this. It’s been a fascinating process, as I’ve got a real interest in human development and learning about how people interact with each other.
Everyone is very friendly and welcoming. A typical day is getting into the office for nine and checking my emails, before starting on my project work. I can use the on-site library in the office for my research, which is great. I was given a book called “Drive” by Daniel Pink, all about motivation, so I’ve been dipping into that too. At lunch, there’s a great restaurant here which is a good place to meet and share ideas with colleagues.
Edinburgh is a very appealing city and has a very relaxed atmosphere. Already a student at the University, I wanted to see what the city was like outside of term. I love spending time in the library and frequenting the Meadows with friends – a great green space in the heart of Edinburgh. Since starting my placement, I can really see myself both living and working here in the future.
I had received placement offers from other firms, but it was Baillie Gifford that stood out. The people I met throughout the application process were friendly and informal, which gave me a glimpse of the culture I’d be joining. The rotational scheme also appealed to me. It would give me the opportunity to see the whole process from a variety of angles, letting me explore different potential career options and discover where I’d be best suited.
Baillie Gifford is quite different from university. You’re not just handed the information – here you have to work out what the problem is and find the solution. But it’s not daunting as there’s always someone more experienced with you. Everyone is happy to answer questions or show you how things work. I like this way of working as it’s rewarding when you solve a problem yourself, and yet you don’t feel worried when you can’t find the right answer.
There are many different applications and technologies to learn, and they are all linked together in different ways. It can be challenging to remember it all and how they work together. Not to mention that everyone in the firm has different levels of permissions for the systems they use. It’s a learning curve to get up to speed with that level of knowledge, but we always sit next to someone with more experience. Asking questions isn’t just acceptable; it’s actively encouraged. It’s how we learn.
Living and working in Edinburgh has been a real perk of the position. Edinburgh is the perfect size, as it’s big enough to have everything you’d expect from a capital city, but small enough to get around easily. One of my favourite things about the role is that it only takes me 20 minutes to walk to work every morning. Plus, the office is so central, you can enjoy the city after work.
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.