The Work Placement
Some of our leading host organizations have included:
A central aspect of the Mountbatten programme is work placement and practical training. Participants are placed with one of our premier host organizations in the following sectors: Finance, Law, IT, Event Management, HR, Marketing and Communications.
Participants work full-time for their host organization for the full 12 months. Key skills are developed quickly in a demanding professional environment and applicants should be prepared to hit the ground running upon arrival in New York. The experience provides first-hand experience and training in international business practice, industry insight, exposure to senior management and connection to a global network of like-minded peers.
Over half of our placements are provided through large multinational investment banks. Roles exist in areas such as asset management, securities, prime brokerage and client services. Opportunities outside of finance include placements with law firms, media companies, marketing agencies and non-profit organisations. While placements within creative industries are available, all roles are office-based and business related, and are designed to provide international exposure to each industry from a business perspective.
We work with over 40 host organizations in the New York area, selected for their commitment to inter-cultural exchange, diversity of operations and experiential education. Our companies are eager to take on talented professionals for practical training roles in March and August of each year.
Typical roles include:
- Analyst – Debt Capital Markets
- Analyst – Global Markets Sales
- Banker Associate
- Brokerage Associate
- Business & Strategy Analyst
- Client Relationship Executive
- Communications Analyst
- Compliance Analyst
- Digital Marketing Assistant
- Equities Trade Support Manager
- Event Marketing Specialist
- Global Markets Research Analyst
- Hedge Fund Analyst
- HR Analyst
- HR Specialist
- Legal Assistant
- M&A Analyst
- Marketing Executive
- Media Relations Intern
- Operations Specialist
- Project Manager
- Risk Analyst
- And more...
All positions are located within Metropolitan New York: Manhattan (Wall Street, Times Square, Park Avenue, etc.); New Jersey, near a collection of Mountbatten apartments; and some involve a longer daily commute, such as our positions at UBS and RBS global headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut.
Securing a Placement
During the interview with the Mountbatten admissions staff in London, applicants are provided an opportunity to discuss placement preferences and what industries and roles are of most interest.
We take into consideration the applicant's education, work experience and personal experience and use this information to match placements offered in the specific intake's placement cycle.
Candidates are encouraged to be flexible and open to a range of opportunities. It is much more difficult to place a candidate who is only interested in an event management role within a charity than someone who is open to event management in any industry and is also willing to consider opportunities in HR and marketing.
The matching process, often referred to as 'The Placement Process', begins 8 weeks prior to the respective fly date. During this period, the candidate's profile pack (comprising the CV, personal statement, photo and a profile that we write about the applicant) is disseminated to all relevant and appropriate host organizations for review.
If a host organization manager decides they would like to speak with a candidate, we organise a phone interview. After the phone interview, a host organization may decide to offer the training placement. If the candidate accepts, we move to the final stage of the process which involves applying for the candidate's J1 visa and booking the flight. If the candidate is not offered the practical training role, the profile pack is returned and sent on to the next relevant and appropriate company.
This process continues until all placements are completed, which is normally 1 or 2 weeks before the fly date. At the end of the placement cycle, those who are not placed (typically 5 - 10%, depending on the intake) are given the choice of deferring to the next intake or getting a refund of their initial deposit and withdrawing from the Programme. (Please note: Initial deposits are refunded only to those who have not unreasonably turned down a placement or an interview - see Financial Information.)