Why You Should Apply for a Citigroup Internship

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If you're currently a student or a recent college graduate looking to gain experience in the financial services sector, you should consider applying for a Citigroup internship. With approximately 200 million customers, Citigroup does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citigroup is undoubtedly a financial services industry juggernaut. If you want financial service experience and want to be part of a global company, consider Citigroup (often referred to as Citi).

Each year the company selects some of the world's brightest students and outstanding candidates to participate in their summer internship program. The overview below will provide you with all the information you need about these internships and how you can go about applying.

Available Internships in the US and Abroad

Internships are available in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The great thing about a Citigroup internship is that the company is so big you can pursue a variety of fields in the financial services sector. The list below looks at the top (but all) areas interns may work in. 

  • Investment Banking
  • Operations 
  • Information Technology
  • Consumer Banking
  • Finance
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Corporate Banking
  • Infrastructure Technology
  • Global Consumer Bank

Eligibility and Requirements

To qualify for a Citigroup internship, you need to be a college junior, senior, graduate student, or a recent graduate. Because internships are available in a number of fields, Citigroup accepts students who have studied a wide range of subjects or completed previous internships in a wide range of areas

Specifically, Citigroup seeks students who have educational and work experience in the following fields:

  • Accounting
  • Commerce
  • Finance
  • Economics
  • Business

In addition to those fields, students who are majoring in law, mathematics, physics, engineering, technology, or human resources are encouraged to apply. It's worth noting that interpersonal traits play a key role when Citigroup makes its final selection. Citigroup looks for students who are excellent team players, highly motivated and have strong numerical and communication skills. Applicants should also have a desire to succeed, integrity, and a passion for the financial industry.

Internship Compensation and Benefits

Citi has a history of offering a competitive salary for internships, but payment will vary depending on the field, location and the intern's background. The duties interns have tended to be comparable to those of full-time associates in entry-level positions. Interns may be able to take part in mentoring programs, professional development activities, and social events.

Citi also has a well-developed diversity initiative that affords people from all walks of life the opportunity to be truly successful in their careers. The Citi Employee Network Program has 130 chapters for employees from the following backgrounds: 

  • Asian Heritage
  • Black Heritage
  • disABILITY (caregivers and people with disabilities)
  • Generations
  • Hispanic/Latino Heritage
  • Military Veterans
  • Parents
  • Pride (lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders)
  • Roots/Multicultural
  • Women

Application Process and Deadlines

If you want to enter the world of financial services, then visit Citi online to apply for an internship. Deadlines vary, so check the company website periodically or at the beginning of the fall semester if you're seeking a summer internship. Keep in mind that (due to demand) many financial internships have early deadlines, and recruiting on college campuses for finance jobs begins earlier than many other industries. Don't be surprised if you see a September deadline for a summer internship.