The best aspects of the internship were the opportunity to work closely with a Vanguard leader, contribute and manage projects that have a real and lasting impact on the business, learn about Vanguard and the industry, explore different roles at the company, and meet and network with Vanguard senior leadership.
One aspect of this program that was difficult for me was the location of my office. Vanguard has a main campus in Malvern with a number of buildings surrounding the main campus in the local area. While many of my peers were located on main campus, my office was ~15min drive from main campus which required me travel to campus for meetings and overviews.
Advice to Potential Interns
Vanguard has an incredibly strong culture of doing the right thing for our clients. The company prides itself on its sterling reputation and as a result has experienced tremendous growth over the past 30 years. The College to Corporate internship program is an opportunity for individuals interested in gaining experience in the financial services industry to get hands on experience with an industry leader. In addition, the internship program is a talent pipeline for Vanguard's full time accelerated development programs.
Advice to Management
One way to improve the organization would be to embrace a global perspective for talent development. Vanguard has international offices and it would increase the appeal of the organization if there were more opportunities to work for the company abroad.