What is a Spring Week?
A spring week is a short programme, held by a company, where students have the opportunity to gain a comprehensive insight into a particular industry. They are mainly targeted for first year and second year university students.
The programme varies depending on the company but usually involves:
Presentations about the firm and industry
Social and networking events
The experience and knowledge developed during the spring week can be invaluable, especially to boost your CV, build your network and learn about an industry. It also allows for a great opportunity to see if a company is a good fit for you.
Whilst not all spring weeks are paid, few companies do offer paid opportunities. However, employers also use spring weeks to identify future talent early on. Most companies offer the chance for students to undergo an interview at the end of the spring week for a place on the company’s summer internship or industrial placement. This is how students ‘convert’ their spring weeks to summer internships.
Who can apply?
Most spring weeks are specifically directed towards first- and second-year university students. There are usually no requirements for what degree you are undertaking so all students are welcome to apply.
When does it occur?
They occur on an annual basis during Easter break and tend to last for 2-5 days, depending on the company and programme structure.
Who offers Spring Weeks?
Spring weeks are primarily offered by investment banks and professional services firms. However, companies from other industries, including law and engineering, have also started running the programme.
Most banks or professional services companies give students the option to choose a division or area of business when applying. This ensures your spring week programme is focussed towards your specific area of interest.
Companies, in particular investment banks, do tend to stagger their spring weeks, so you could technically participate in more than one to help you get a feel for where you might fit in best.
When to apply?
Applications typically open in late August or early September and close in December or early January.
What is involved in the application process?
The application process varies from company to company, but the typical stages include:
Filling an online application – this will often require a submission of your CV and sometimes a cover letter
Online tests – this can include numeracy, verbal reasoning and logic tests
Phone or video interview with HR and possibly an employee from the division you’re applying to
OUR TOP TIPS
TO MAKE THE MOST OF A SPRING WEEK
BE ENGAGING AND PREPARE TO ASK QUESTIONS
Use this opportunity to show curiosity by asking as many questions as possible - this will be the best way to learn the ins and outs of the business. As you only have a few days at the company, it's best to soak up as much information as you can.
MAINTAIN A PROFESSIONAL IMAGE
This may be obvious but ensure you dress smart, arrive early everyday and be professional. This doesn't mean you have to restrict your personality, but the way you portray yourself to others in a professional environment is very important.
Write down information you have gathered throughout the course of the spring week. This may include names of people you have met, relevant projects or reading recommendations from seniors.
Hint: Always carry a notebook and pen
NETWORK WITH YOUR PEERS AND SENIORS
You will get the chance to network with other interns and various people at different levels of the firm. This is a great way to establish connections at an early stage in your career. It may not seem to matter too much at the time, but you never know what opportunities will arise in the future from the network you build.