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James Wright – How my Global Internship boosted my career prospects

Find out what former RBI student intern James Wright has been up to since graduating and why his GEO internship boosted his career prospects!

James Wright

Degree programme and graduation year: Economics, 2016


GEO internship completed: Reserve Bank of India (RBI), 2015


What did you do on your internship?

I spent six weeks working at the RBI’s College of Agricultural Banking in Pune, India with students from Newcastle and Boston University. The work consisted of structured lectures on the Indian economy and the work of the RBI, field trips to banks, NGOs and rural self-help groups, and a 14,000 word report I completed with an intern from Boston. We conducted an investigation into the Indian Microfinance sector and how the RBI could best support it to aid development.


What did you get from doing the internship? Did you develop or acquire any particular skills?

The RBI internship represented a fantastic opportunity for me. The immersive experience of working and living with Indian colleagues and our American fellow interns gave me a wider world view (and plenty of great stories!).


What jobs of significance have you held since graduating? What is your current job title?

I have recently started working as an Assistant Economist at HM Treasury, where I’m based in the European Economics and Policy team.


Do you think the internship made you more employable and how did the experience help you in your professional career?

The internship has been a great advantage since graduating. It’s a unique and interesting addition to my CV and has provided countless answers to competency questions in interviews.

The experience of working on policy-orientated issues in an international setting has also proved very useful experience. This, alongside the experience of producing a professional project and presenting it to senior members of CAB faculty has been a great help in adjusting to life in the Civil Service.

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