Sales and Trading

Military & Athlete Summer Placement

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Placement and duration

Morgan Stanley recognises the experience and dedication of military veterans and athletes. Our Sales & Trading division has a strong track record of successfully supporting talented individuals in transferring the skills gained from these initial career paths into second careers within financial services and our business.

We are offering service leavers and former athletes the opportunity to join a 10-week summer placement program in our Sales & Trading division, where you will rotate across our Institutional Equities and Fixed Income businesses. Rotations will be tailored to you based on your skill set and interests; with opportunities to experience a range of roles, such as Sales, Trading or Structuring. Throughout the placement you will receive regular feedback to support you with identifying where your skill sets are best aligned. Your desk preferences are also regularly taken into consideration throughout the programme as you discover new areas of interest.

The paid placement will run from 14 June 2019 – 23 August 2019.

Morgan Stanley believes capital has the power to create positive change in the world. The biggest and most impactful changes come from people like you. If you want to hear how you can put your talent and ambition to work and be part of a team that creates positive change, join us. 

Training program

The Program begins in June with one week of intensive classroom training. This will include an introduction to Morgan Stanley followed by division-specific training. In addition to the program rotations, you will receive broader exposure across all of Sales & Trading, Bank Resource Management and Research through weekly mini rotations, individual and group project assignments, networking and senior management speaker events. You will be assigned a mentor and a buddy for the duration of the placement by way of support, one of whom will also be from either a military or athletic background.

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  • You will undertake projects aligned to each rotation to broaden your understanding, as well as improve the productivity and efficiency of the desk.  

*Salary is competitive with excellent benefits.

Qualifications/ Skills/ Requirements

To be eligible you must:

  • Either have been in full time employment with the military or an athlete who has competed professionally, semi-professionally, at national or international level
  • Have achieved or be on track to achieve by July 2020 a minimum of 2.1 honours degree or equivalent in any degree discipline
  • Be available to participate in a placement programme between 14 June 2019 – 23 August 2019 


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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 & Deadlines

The deadline to submit applications is Sunday 3 February 2019. Please ensure that your CV details your military or athletic achievements and that our cover letter explains your motivation for wanting to transfer your skills into our Sales & Trading division. Candidates must apply online at Applicants will be required to complete online tests within 48 hours of submitting an application. All interviews will be conducted by current employees working in our Sales & Trading division. Ahead of the final interview stage, there will be an opportunity to speak with employees from either a military or athletic background.

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