Graduate and Internship FAQs

Your questions answered

Here are some of the questions we’re most frequently asked about Aberdeen’s graduate and internship programmes.

If you can’t find the answer to your question here, we can answer important queries emailed to entrylevel.recruitment@aberdeen-asset.com

General

About the recruitment process

Offers and beyond

General

Where can I find out more information about the company?

You’ll find more information about who we are and what we do in about us

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I have not been an Intern with Aberdeen. Can I still apply for a Graduate position?

In order to qualify for our graduate programme, you must first complete an internship with us. All of our graduate roles are filled by candidates who have completed internships with us, and therefore this is the only way to apply to the programme. We do accept applications from graduates for the UK summer internships, but for the US you must be a current student. Please click here for all other vacancies.

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About the recruitment process

How long will the intern recruitment process take?

Applications for internships open in September and offers will be made before the end of January for UK internships and will be made before March for the Americas.

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What is the interview process?

For full details of the interview process, see our application process

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Who will be conducting the intern interviews?

A Manager and a member of the HR or recruitment team.

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Will I have to do any tests at the interview?

You may be asked to complete a personality development profile during your internship; we don’t use testing during the internship interview process.

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When will the internship interviews take place?

We aim to hold interviews between October and January for the UK and between December and February for the Americas. As we usually receive a high number of applications we ask you to wait until we contact you to confirm whether you’ve been selected for interview.

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Will Aberdeen reimburse my interview travel expenses?

For candidates applying to UK internships reasonable travel expenses to interviews will be reimbursed, via standard class public transport up to a maximum of £150 per candidate per interview. For candidates applying to the UK internships who based outside the country we can arrange telephone interviews. For the Americas, we are unable to reimburse interview travel expenses.

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Will I receive feedback on my application?

We don’t give feedback on initial applications, but if you’re selected for interview we can provide feedback on your performance.

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What should I do if I have any additional needs or adjustments which need to be made in order to enable me to get the best out of any stage of the recruitment process?

Please Contact Us if you have a disability which requires any adjustments to be made to any stage of the recruitment process. Aberdeen will be pleased to discuss your needs and ensure that these are accommodated.

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Offers and beyond

If offered a position, when could I expect to start?

UK graduates usually start in January and September, Americas graduates start in June. UK internships are eight weeks and start in May or July each year. Our Americas internships are ten weeks and start in June each year.

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I'd like to go travelling for a year before I start. Can I apply now then defer my start date?

Unfortunately we can’t defer your start date, but you’re welcome to re-apply for the next intake.

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Will there be an opportunity to work overseas?

Interns will not have the opportunity to travel internationally. However our graduates do get the opportunity to complete at least one four month rotation overseas.

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What type of training will be given?

All our graduate recruits are given on-going training and development. For more details, see learning and development.

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When would I be eligible to receive a bonus?

Our discretionary bonus scheme is for permanent staff (graduate and apprentices but not interns) and is paid in December.

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