Our people are central to our success. Having the brightest minds developing highly sophisticated trading and risk management technology sets our business apart and allows us to serve some of the most advanced investors in the world. Financial services technology is at the leading edge, presenting exciting career opportunities for smart and inquisitive students, but how can bright, young talent kick-off a career in such a specialized industry? To capture and inspire exceptional talent, TS Imagine proudly runs a hands-on intern program, showcasing the breadth and excitement of the industry to ambitious graduates.
Gabriel Gibb | Associate, Professional Services, EMEA
Our most recent interns, Nicholas and Timur, both joined us from Imperial College London where they are going into the third year of their Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering degrees, respectively. They spent 11 weeks working with TS Imagine’s Professional Services team in London this summer under the supervision of myself and Simarjit Johal (Regional Team Lead).
Here, they present an account of their time with the company.
Starting the internship, I had very little knowledge of finance, but TS Imagine appealed to me as a fast-growing business where I could apply my skills and work on exciting projects. While I had done some programming, I had never done anything beyond writing single-use scripts for processing data in class, let alone working on a global software development team with libraries containing thousands of lines of code.
When I joined, I immediately felt welcomed by the team. We were tasked with building a dashboard to visualize stress test results under the close guidance of the team. The scope of the project had major implications, as it was the first dashboard using the new risk engine for our buy-side clients.
What immediately struck me was the global footprint of the business. After we had finished our proof of concept, I had the opportunity to present it in a monthly sales call to colleagues in New York, Cleveland and Montreal, and a few weeks later, I presented to our Hong Kong office.
All this work culminated into a final presentation to the CEO, President, COO, Global Head of Professional Services and the Global Head of Sales. I felt proud to present a product that we worked so hard on, especially to an audience comprised of senior leadership. Ultimately it was a great send-off, and I am delighted to have been involved in the creation of a new product which expands on the current risk offering.
I chose TS Imagine’s intern program with the primary goal of developing my programming skills and gaining a better understanding of what it takes to transform a great idea into a real-life solution. This experience has helped me gain a further understanding of finance and has encouraged me to convey my thoughts and ideas.
As much of our project involved code development, it was important to learn good practices such as version control. I had the freedom to expand beyond the original scope and implement my own ideas with the guidance of the TS Imagine team.
My experience at TS Imagine has been memorable due to the companies’ dedication to our learning through interaction with team members with a range of experiences, from analysts to the CEO. Everyone at the firm was very welcoming, supportive and knowledgeable so I’m glad I was able to experience the fruitful culture that it had to offer.
Whether it was improving my understanding of how the various teams support one another or concluding the internship by presenting my work to the C-suite, I have taken much away from my opportunities here. I also enjoyed interning alongside Nicholas who was exceptional at generating ideas and decomposing the project into practical segments.