IEU Experience


Leading financial institutions like Deutsche Bank are constantly looking to recruit IE students for long- and short-term internships, as well as full-time employment. 

The growth of the financial sector worldwide, particularly in recent years, has encouraged an increasing number of students to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. At IE University, our BBA boasts the highest number of enrolled students on campus.

A career in finance is currently the preferred choice for recent graduates. An impressive 29 percent of our class of 2016 is currently working in finance, at such prestigious institutions as J.P. Morgan, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, and Societé General. IE University’s efforts to fortify the importance of the financial sector within the academic agenda has worked to support the ambitions of the IEU student body. Banks are constantly hosting events both on and off campus for our students to attend. Experts and professionals in the industry often hold “Careers in Finance” sessions for IEU students. We also provide a vast amount of resources on our Career Portal, including interview preparation assistance and tests for students looking for opportunities in the financial sector.

Institutions like Deutsche Bank are always looking to recruit IE University students for both internships and full-time employment. Such is the case with Aitor Sodupe Santos, a soon-to-be 5th-year student of the Dual Degree Bachelor BBA/BIR who is currently interning at Deutsche Bank in Barcelona.

We sat down with Aitor to discuss his experience with this prestigious financial institution, the admission process, and what it takes to work for Deutsche Bank.

The Dream Job

What does this internship mean to you?

I’m glad to have this opportunity at a global bank. I’m really interested in investment banking and Deutsche Bank’s international opportunities for graduate students.

IE University offered me a three-month internship. I’m a Dual BBA+BIR student interested in investment banking and consultancy, therefore I thought it would be a good idea to spend this summer working with Deutsche Bank.

How did you find out about this internship?

I discovered this opportunity thanks to IE University’s Talent & Careers department. I applied in February. There were three rounds and a final interview. The first round was a phone interview, and the second one was a group interview at their Madrid headquarters. The third round included answering some personal and ethical questions on a website created for their internship program. Finally, in May I went to Barcelona to for the last interview. I had the interview with the director and vice director of Plaza Cataluña’s Deutsche Bank.

What is the position you are currently covering? What will your tasks and objectives be for the upcoming months?

I am covering an intern position, learning the day-to-day work at Deutsche Bank. My tasks include customer support, archiving, banking, learning internal banking products, payments and internal charges, transfers, and so on.

What do you hope to learn during this internship?

I am interested in the banking sector. I would like to finish my Dual Degree at IE University and try to obtain a position at one of the top firms. Deutsche is one of my options because they offer a graduate rotatory program in London and Madrid. This is what originally attracted me to this three-month internship.

Do you have any tips or advice for future students looking for internships or jobs in the banking world, especially for world-renowned banks such as Deutsche Bank?

I would recommend that students interested in this internship apply early, complete all the steps on time, and have a good knowledge of languages. It is also important to be passionate about the firm you are applying to. Renowned banks like Deutsche Bank are focused on their culture.

Aitor is further proof of how hungry the finance sector is for young and innovative students. With this industry in constant growth, IEU works to adequately prepare students for a successful professional career in the financial world. We want to make sure you’re ready for what you’ll face in the real world.