Trainee Placement

Some of our leading host organizations have included:

AESC Bank of New York Mellon Barclays BGC BlackRock British Airways Citi Credit Suisse Cuttita Deutsche Bank Goldman Sachs ING Institutional Investor J.P.Morgan Liquidnet Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Prospect Capital RBS Thompson Reuters

The Placement

A central aspect of the Mountbatten programme is work based learning with 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 undertake full-time training with their host organization. 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.

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Host Organizations

Many of our placements are provided through large multinational investment banks. Placements 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 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 host organizations are eager to take on talented professionals for practical training in March and August of each year.

Typical training placements 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
  • Paralegal
  • Project Manager
  • Risk Analyst
  • And more...


Placements are located within Metropolitan New York: Manhattan (Wall Street, Times Square, Park Avenue, etc.); New Jersey, near the Mountbatten apartments; and some involve a longer daily commute.

Securing a Placement

During the interview with the Mountbatten admissions staff, applicants are provided an opportunity to discuss placement preferences.

We take into consideration the applicant's education, work experience and personal experience and use this information to match with training placements available in the specific intake.

Candidates are encouraged to be flexible and open to a range of opportunities. For example, it is much more difficult to place a candidate who is only interested in event management within a charity compared to 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, they move to the final stage of the process which involves applying for their J-1 visa and booking their flight. If the candidate is not offered the placement, their profile pack is sent on to the next relevant and appropriate host organization.

This process continues until all placements are completed. At the end of the placement cycle, those who are not placed (typically 5 - 10%, depending on the intake) may receive a refund of their Initial Deposit and withdraw from the Programme or they may be invited to defer to the next intake. (Please note: Initial Deposits are refunded only to those who have not unreasonably turned down a placement or an interview - see Financial Information.)