Alice Can Fan

Alice is studying Actuarial Science and Mathematics and is currently working as a summer maths intern with Arrow Global before beginning her 2nd year of study. 



The early bird catches the worm, but do not give up even if you are late. I started my applications in February and March.

Course: Actuarial Science and Mathematics (3 yrs) [BSc]

Course dates: 2013-2016

How many internships did you apply for before you were successful?

One. RBS insight week.

How do you think the internship has helped you in your degree and future career?

I have been learning Maths for more than 10 years. However, I never felt how real Maths is until the internship, when I use Maths to solve real problems for the first time. During the internship, I learned to use SQL and SAS to manage dataset and build mathematical models. Now I feel like a soldier who has just luckily picked up two very powerful guns.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of applying to an internship and what skills/experience do you think are necessary to be successful in your application?

- Passion. I was always told that it was a bad thing to make your CV emotional, but I have been sceptical about this advice. Don’t be afraid of showing them how much you want the opportunity.

- Allow yourself to be nervous before interview. It is inevitable and interviewers know it.

- Imagine that they are not interviewers, but your audiences. This would help you to be more active.

Is there anything you wish you’d done before the placement to help you prepare for either the application process or the work itself?

I wish I had a look at the free version of SAS for university students before the internship.

What was the highlight of your internship and your biggest achievement within the role?

For one of the models, I felt awesome when the modelling manager said the result is ‘too good to be true’  

Is there any other interesting information about your internship that you’d like to include?

I am not talking about office politics, but food (snacks and deserts) is very welcome in the office.

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