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Aimed at undergraduates with one year of study remaining, we offer two eight-week programmes during July and August.

Our internships provide first-class training and work experience, enabling you to gain an understanding of what the role of an Actuary, Pensions, Investment or Insurance Consultant at Barnett Waddingham looks like.

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Working with us

We have two summer internship programmes aimed at undergraduates entering their final year of their study. At the end of the programme you may be offered a role on one of our graduate programmes starting the following year.

Option 1: Working across our Employer Consulting, Investment, Actuarial and Public Sector (depending on location) consulting teams, you will be given real responsibility to contribute to client work, research and undertake projects. You will also receive training and a thorough induction at the start of the programme.

Option 2: Working in our Insurance and Longevity Consulting team, you will gain experience across our Life, General Insurance and Longevity teams. You have the opportunity to contribute to client work, undertake research and participate in training to give you a high level understanding of the insurance industry the projects we do.


What to expect on our actuarial and investment consulting internships

On this internship programme you will get a real-life insight into the roles of an Actuary and Investment Consultant. There is a lot to gain by joining our programme including having exposure to our different business areas, working on several projects and experiencing numerous aspects of the work that our BW actuaries and investment consultants carry out. You will get involved with a variety of work including:

  • Calculating member benefits to help to develop your pension knowledge  
  • Data analysis and calculations to help develop your Excel best practice and knowledge 

  • Learn about how a pension is valued, the time value of money and how we calculate members mortality  

  • Producing reports that cover how investments have performed 

  • Assisting with investment manager research 

  • Assisting with investment strategy design work

  • Learning about liability management strategies to reduce risk 

  • Learning about how actuaries support management decision analytics  

What to expect on our insurance and longevity consulting internship

On this summer internship programme you will spend time in our life, general insurance and longevity areas to make sure you have a good overview of the variety of services we offer to our clients. You will get involved with a variety of work including:

  • Learning about insurance, insurers’ processes and financial requirements 

  • Learning about and assisting with a range of actuarial modelling 

  • Carrying out data processing to investigate mortality experience and develop industry-wide tables 

  • Learning about and being given hands-on training on how to programme in a range of software, including R and Excel, whilst testing and developing internal tools to make work more effective and efficient

Future qualifications

For graduates joining our Trainee Consultant programme within our Actuarial Consulting, Public Sector Consulting and Insurance and Longevity Consulting team, we support the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) fellowship qualification. 

For those joining our Investment Consulting team, a choice between the IFoA and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) qualification is possible.

What's in it for me?

Since our programme started we have received excellent feedback from the students who have taken part, many of whom have developed their career with us after university.

Your experience will give you good insight into why our employees enjoy working at BW and why, as a graduate, this is an excellent environment in which to build your career.

BW is proud to be partnering with #10,000 Black Interns, an exciting new programme transforming the horizons and prospects of young black people in the UK.


"I thoroughly enjoyed my internship, It was interesting to see the different contexts the team works in and to experience a nice balance of calculation and creative tasks. Most of the work was directly for clients, and I was able to meet partners and managers from other firms."

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Have a question?

We normally recruit for our internship programme during the summer months of the year before you wish to work with assessment days held in the winter months, however, this is not always the case so please connect with us or follow us on social media to stay up to date. 

 Please feel free to contact our Early Careers Talent Acquisition Advisor here.


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