Morgan Stanley
Sales and Trading

Business Management Industrial Placement

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Placement and Duration

The Business Management Industrial Placement Internship Program is aimed at undergraduates who are completing a four-year degree with a year out in industry as a requirement for their degree. The one-year internship, which is based in London and begins in June, offers you the opportunity to learn about a variety of product areas, while providing a clear understanding of how the Sales & Trading division operates as a whole. Following an initial period of training and induction, you will be assigned to a particular team where you will spend the remainder of your placement. Interns are treated as full-time members of the team and work alongside experienced professionals at all levels. 

Roles are available across the Sales & Trading division. You can be placed in the COO team, Risk Management or Morgan Stanley Electronic Trading (MSET) desk which will provide you with the opportunity to understand how the business operates as a whole.

Training program

All new Industrial Placement Interns participate in an orientation programme covering the Firm's businesses, the transition from an academic setting to a corporate environment and the chance to establish a network throughout the Firm globally. Interns then attend divisional training where they learn the core skills required to be successful on the job. The curriculum focuses on the Sales & Trading business and the various products, processes and systems required to be successful in the role. In addition, all Interns learn and network with peers, mentors and managers through group projects and other organised events.


Opportunities exist within the following teams:

  • COO Team: The opportunity to work with equities senior management, to analyse data from across the division in order to identify areas of growth, opportunities and challenges facing the equities division and assist with strategy and reviews on clients and country groups. You may either work more holistically with the COO or specialise in driving client business, by working closely with the relationship managers
  • Morgan Stanley Electronic Trading (MSET): MSET allows institutional investors global electronic access to financial markets. MSET helps clients in navigating global financial markets by offering a technology oriented platform that provides direct market access and algorithmic execution for equities, swaps, FX and listed derivatives trading. MSET provides global client coverage and execution consultancy services to build effective solutions for clients. The role will include assisting the coverage teams through both project work, for example by conducting market data analysis, and helping to source solutions in response to specific queries from MSET clients. 
  • Risk Management: This function includes both Counterparty Risk Management and Business Unit Risk Management. The function has oversight over all asset classes and is the first line of defence in protecting the firm. Roles may be in either Counterparty Risk or Business Unit Risk. The role may include reviewing client portfolio risk reports and contributing to projects to review operational best practices, policies and procedures and regulatory initiatives. The resulting work is communicated to a wide audience internally.

Qualifications/ Skills/ Requirements

  • You are an undergraduate studying for a degree in which a year in industry is part of your structured course syllabus.
  • You possess strong analytical, problem-solving, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • You are able to communicate clearly and succinctly and thrive under pressure and ever-changing situations.
  • You analyse and interpret complex information quickly and accurately.
  • Study in a financial discipline is not essential, although you should have a strong aptitude for numbers.
  • You actively generate and share new ideas and are committed to achieving your career goals.


Morgan Stanley London

In 1977, Morgan Stanley opened its European headquarters in London, where it now has over 5,000 staff. Morgan Stanley is one of the preeminent financial services firms in the UK, with longstanding client relationships and a leading role in many landmark transactions. Our professionals value individual intellect as much as teamwork. We offer nimble, innovative services and products tailored to our clients’ needs.

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Application Process and Deadline

The deadline to submit an application is Sunday 22 November 2020. Please note we may also have some additional off-cycle positions available throughout the year, depending on business needs.

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