Thesis Internship: Sustainable Finance en FinTech

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This is you

Thinker

You find new ways to solve complex challenges.

Efficient

Regardless the process, you find a way to make it more efficient.

Leader

You are a natural-born leader.

Inventive

You like to find new and better ways to do things.

Are you a driven master student seeking to experience the dynamics and innovation of consulting, whilst exploring the ever-changing complex industry that is Financial Services? Are you interested in shaping future financial institutions through innovation and technology (e.g. Open Banking, Sustainable Finance, FinTech)? And are you motivated to contribute to helping Accenture in creating value and delivering new solutions for its clients? And finally, do you want to learn from the experts and work within a young, dynamic, and vibrant company?

Then look no further, we are looking for you! This graduate / thesis internship within our Strategy & Consulting Financial Services practice will give you the opportunity to  explore the most interesting trends within the industry while developing your professional skills and in-depth knowledge of the Financial Services sector.

Within this internship we have defined 4 broad research themes on which you can focus:

  • FinTech: The future of FinTech and Financial Services
  • Banking: Viability of Banking within uncertain times
  • Insurance: Sustainable transformation in Insurance
  • Capital Markets: Reinventing capital markets with ESG

Your job

Your master thesis research will focus on one of the four research themes described below, covering topics that are currently top of mind for financial services providers such as banks, asset managers and insurers.

During your internship, you will investigate one of the mentioned themes. Additionally, you will use your insights to develop new ideas that enable organization to pivot into the new and create value. Together, we will develop a research question that suits you, the financial services provider, your university, and our FS practice.

Next to your master thesis, Accenture offers you the possibility to develop your professional skills. Graduating at Accenture is more than just getting your degree. For instance, we stimulate you to engage in extra activities such as writing articles, organizing knowledge session or round table events, and networking by meeting with experts in a variety of fields, giving you the opportunity to present the results from your studies. At Accenture, the sky is the limit! 

Description of the four research themes:

FinTech

The FinTech revolution is here: with annual funding of tens of billions and technology giants such as Apple, Google, and Amazon entering the financial services space. As financial technology innovation increases in pace, new ways of providing customer value and operating businesses are shaping a new financial services industry. On the other side, regulatory pressures (e.g. KYC, AML) and changes (e.g. PSD3) may also influence the dynamic. Within this theme you will investigate how FinTechs or regulations are shaping the industry, how incumbents continue to be competitive, or which new business models or regulations may drive disruption.  

Banking

Extensive fiscal and monetary support, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic and  the war in Ukraine, has led to a surge in inflation across the globe.Consequently, central banks respond by increasing interest rates, pressuring banks into a vulnerable position. Hence, new ways to navigate these uncertain times are crucial for banks to stay competitive. Within this theme you will investigate how (Dutch) banks should respond in an uncertain environment with inflation and increasing interest rates to ensure their viability and a sustainable future.

Insurance

As public and legal pressures on sustainability are increasing, insurance companies are engaged in incorporating sustainable practices in their business operations. These activities range as far from ESG reporting to new industry alliances to carbon reduction initiatives such as ‘net-zero 2050’. Within this theme you will investigate how sustainability is shaping the insurance industry, how insurance companies should transform sustainably, or how these companies should navigate the new legal and societal pressures that emerge.

Your team

Our people in Strategy & Consulting are changing businesses every day using deep industry insights, knowledge and innovative ideas. Positioned at the crucial intersection of business, technology and industry, we devise creative new strategies based on trends, insights and data. With an eye for competitive advantage, digital disruption, operating models, risk & compliance, and the future workforce, we take on the challenge of designing and implementing transformative business solutions, using the newest technology.

Our research-based advice and situational analyses enable our clients to act with speed and confidence. Whether we are investigating complex issues or identifying new opportunities, our work always comes down to one thing: unlocking value and creating real, tangible impacts.

Your background

  • Final year of masters (MSc / MA) at a Dutch university
  • Affinity with or academic background in the Financial Sector (e.g. Business Administration, (Innovation) Management, Economics, Econometrics, Finance etc.)
  • You have affinity with latest technological, strategic, and consulting trends;
  • You are a team player with excellent communication and presentation skills;
  • You are fluent in Dutch and English;
  • You work independently and have a hands-on mentality, you are creative and take responsibility, and you have a strong intrinsic motivation to take ownership over your work;
  • You want to pursue a career in Strategy or Consulting

Our offer

Within Accenture we offer you a work environment* with a focus on your personal development, in which you will get a lot of responsibility. You work together with talented colleagues from all over the world on challenging projects for the highest ranked international businesses.

  • You will be guided by a team of experienced consultants;
  • You will receive a compensation and a laptop;
  • You will gain knowledge and expertise of Accenture;
  • You will gain experience within a large international consulting firm;
  • You will expand your professional network.

The graduation internship will be 5 or 6 months, full-time. The location is the Amsterdam office. We'd like to start the internship as of September.

Interested?

Are your ready to join Accenture Strategy & Consulting as a Graduate Intern in the field of digital transformation, technology and innovation? Apply now via the apply button below and upload your CV and motivational letter.

 Questions?

Connect with tinne.kramer@accenture.com

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Application process

Finding and applying for an internship can be both exciting as overwhelming - and we believe it is crucial that you know where you stand during your application, and what the next steps are. Our process is short - but thorough - and we'd like to get to know you, and see if we are a great fit.

Apply

Found a fitting internship? Great! Apply by sending in your CV and cover letter and let's get started. Contact our recruiters in case of questions, they are here to help and guide you.

Assessment

Play a set of neuroscience-based games that objectively measures cognitive and personality traits to assess if you match the job. Remember, there is no right or wrong way to play the games - because every trait makes you a great fit for a specific job.

Interview

During the interview, we'd love to get to know you and see if there is a match with our brand and brand values. We will discuss your ambitions, possible thesis, past experiences and tell you all you want to know about the role and Accenture.

Offer

If we are both happy to proceed after the interviews, we'd like to make you an offer to join Accenture. We hope we can welcome you soon as a new colleague!

Onboarding

We'd like to welcome you to Accenture and are excited that you have accepted our job offer and agreed upon your start date. You will meet all the other new joiners and interns and start your career at Accenture!

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