We have run an internship scheme for many years, and often hire from this talent pool. For much of Enders Analysis’ history the company was run almost exclusively by senior analysts. However, the company found, in part through the internship programme, the enormous reward in hiring young professionals in terms of fresh perspective and knowledge, as well as more efficiently distributing tasks so that our senior analysts could focus on providing subscribers with insightful thought leadership on an increasing range of issues and industries.
What started as an informal offering to the children of friends and family has morphed into a more sophisticated and carefully run programme, with open access to all. We have never advertised our internship scheme anywhere but our website, and yet the number of applicants continues to grow. The need to formalise the process was spurred on by this increasing demand: in 2016 we took on 18 interns! The full time staff of Enders Analysis is around 25, of which just over 50% are under 30, so we are a very youthful organisation even before counting the interns.
16 in 2015
Before arriving, several members of the team will discuss the best projects to include interns on so that they are distributed evenly throughout the team and their skills are put to best use. We will ask them for a phone or in-person interview to get to know them, their interests and academic focus, their strengths and weaknesses, general curiosity and personality type, as well as areas that will need additional training, particularly excel proficiency, confidence in using large data sets, analytical reasoning. We sometimes recommend that interns study excel formulas and techniques before starting their internship.
Enders Analysis is a tightly-knit, family company with an open and generous culture. We make it a point to include interns in all company activities, from annual progress meetings and celebratory lunches, to cultural excursions in local galleries or black tie outings to Glyndebourne, team bonding drinks at the pub and birthday parties (everyone gets a cake!). We value our interns incredibly highly, and many strong and lasting friendships have been made through the programme.