Our Summer Internship Opportunity

Applications for 2020 positions are now closed


Date : 22nd June – 28th August 2020

Location: London

Our 10 week, paid, summer internship offers penultimate year students the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the Asset Management Industry. You will be aligned to one business area and enabled to work with colleagues on live projects that will have a real business impact. If successful you will be given the opportunity to return as a Graduate in 2021.

What we offer?

  • Opportunity for you to deepen your understanding of the asset management industry and our different business areas through classroom style knowledge sharing sessions
  • Opportunity for you to build your professional network through social events
  • Opportunity to learn via hands-on experience on live business projects
  • Skills Training on basic business skills that will be useful in your future career (hopefully with us!)
  • Performance feedback; you will agree stretching goals with your manager to help you get the most out of your time with us.

This programme is designed for undergraduates who on completion of the internship, will still have their final year of study to complete.

The Equities team invest in shares in the stock market. They research individual companies by assessing their fundamentals using a bottom-up approach, looking in-depth at a company. They are stock pickers. The teams regularly meet with company management teams, internal and external analysts, and carry out their own stock specific analysis to decide whether a company is under or overvalued. We are long-term shareholders and integrate environmental, social and governance issues into our investment decisions.

The Credit team invest in bonds which are loans that are borrowed for a defined period of time. They act as lenders to companies across a range of markets. Credit is a broad and diverse asset class, meaning that many investments are evaluated from both a bottom up and a top down perspective (examine various economic factors, that affect the overall market). Portfolio managers and analysts evaluate each opportunity based on macro-economic, fundamental, valuation and technical attributes in order to assess where price has deviated from fair value.

Our team takes a top down approach to investing and follows the economics and politics across both developed and emerging economies. In doing so we hope to uncover long term investable trends such as an improving growth outlook for an economy which will impact central bank policy or equity inflows. The team aims look through short-term market noise to come up with a central economic scenario (our house view) and strategically allocate our assets in long term positions on that basis. At the we can react and protect our portfolio. In a constantly changing world this team strives to find a steady path which will provide the best return for our clients. Debating this path both internally as a team and collaboratively with the fixed income and equity teams makes this area a diverse and stimulating place to work on a daily basis.

We offer investment solutions targeting secure long income, highly diversified portfolios targeting income and growth, as well as specialist funds targeting tactical, higher growth outcomes. We invest in specific sectors, in single countries, regionally or globally, and invest across the real estate spectrum, both directly and indirectly, and in equity and real estate debt. We offer management services targeting benchmark relative, cash relative or absolute returns. We also provide investors with access to alternative income asset classes, through a multi-strategy solution as well as single asset class strategies. These include investments in areas such as infrastructure (both debt and equity), real estate financing, structured finance and corporate private placements.

The Global Client Solutions (GCS) division is responsible for the distribution of our investment capabilities, as well as developing, growing and protecting our client relationships. Our clients are all investors – pension schemes, insurance companies and financial intermediaries, such as banks, plus their advisors and investment consultants. Working in GCS will provide you with an understanding of how Asset Managers bring their investment expertise to market, how we develop client relationships, and give you exposure to one of the most quickly-evolving areas of the Asset Management industry.

We provide bespoke portfolio solutions to meet investors’ needs. The team gives asset allocation and structuring advice across the full spectrum of global asset classes. The new solutions function will work closely with the real assets, equities, multi-asset and macro and credit teams to manage and develop distinctive solutions for both internal and external clients. Our investment desks share a common investment goal which is to deliver the specific and meaningful outcomes that matter most to today’s investor. Our innovative multi-strategy range, launched in 2014, brings together our full global investment capabilities across a broad range of disciplines. These strategies do not seek to beat any specific benchmark, but instead aim to provide a more certain investment outcome for clients.

Aviva Investors was an incredibly welcoming place to work where everyone is willing to make time to help you learn, develop and pursue your interests. I learnt a huge amount and gained fantastic exposure to various parts of the business whilst feeling like a genuinely valued member of the team.
Karan, Summer Intern 2019 - Global Client Solutions

About You

Our people come from a wide range of backgrounds, allowing them to bring diversity of ideas and unique perspectives to our investment decision-making process. You do not need a specific degree to be an Aviva Investors Summer Intern.

We look for potential; if you have the following qualities, we would love to see your application:

  • Curiosity; people who have an insatiable hunger to learn, discover and question the world around them.
  • Innovative; people who can think differently and create unique solutions to meet our clients’ needs
  • Initiative; self-starters who can solve problems
  • Collaborative; people who can communicate well and share ideas with colleagues
  • Data Driven; people who can assess vast quantities of information to make investment decisions

You must be available to work 22nd June – 28th August 2020 and in your penultimate year of study.

The Assessment Process

Stage one:  The Application

You will be asked to select which business area you are interested in, upload your CV and fill in a few basic questions such as your contact details – it’s that easy!

Stage two:  Online Testing

You will be invited to complete 3 online tests designed to assess your abilities. You will have 7 days to complete these and can be done at any time during those 7 days.

Stage three:  Video Interview

Our Video Interview is a great chance for us to get to know more about you and your aspirations.

Stage four:  Assessment Centre

This is our final stage. Making it to this stage means we think you’ve got what we are after. You will be invited to our offices for a dynamic day during which we will assess your potential through a number of different assessments and also give you the opportunity to meet members of the business area you have applied to. 

Diversity and inclusion

More than 1,500 people work across the globe, bringing it all together for today’s investor. True integrated advantage starts with our culture.

When everyone feels part of a unified team, in an environment of fairness, inclusion and positivity, we all achieve more. Integrated advantage is created when everyone feels stronger together - with no barriers to their ability to contribute, collaborate and succeed.   

You will be assessed against the Aviva values: care more, kill complexity, never rest and create legacy.

Being given a long-term project to complete over the 10 weeks was a beneficial and enjoyable feature of the internship. It enabled me to really engage with my work, add value to the company and come away with some tangible achievements from my time at Aviva Investors.
Rufus, Summer Intern 2019 - Real Assets