Human resources

A practical introduction to the various HR teams at M&G.

What is the Human Resources Internship Scheme?

The Human Resources (HR) Internship Scheme will give you a practical introduction to the various HR teams at M&G, and is designed to develop individuals who are passionate about pursuing a career in HR.

You’ll rotate between different HR teams, with the opportunity to tailor your internship if your interests lie within a particular HR area (team workload permitting).

Where you’ll be working

Over the course of 8 weeks, you’ll rotate between some of the following teams:

Generalist teams: The Generalist teams provide general HR support to the business and are split by client groups. We’re the first port of call for enquiries and liaise with the specialist teams where necessary.

The role provides a lot of variety and a typical day can include anything from a candidate interview to a performance management meeting, a discussion about a restructure, a query around immigration, a discussion about career progression to mediating in a conflict or dealing with a dismissal.

Our role as business partners is to act as a sounding board for the business and our aim is to help them make informed decisions about people management. To do so, we challenge where appropriate and encourage best practice.

Learning & Talent Development (L&TD): The L&TD team supports our employees in their personal and professional development. We provide a wide range of resources and a comprehensive development offering, to help people build the skills and experience they need to achieve their career goals. We do this through: in-house training, mentoring, coaching, external training, qualifications, team building, e-Learning, management development and structured programmes.

Our roles are to ensure the quality of everything we offer is excellent, and that we provide expert advice to our employees. Being placed in the L&TD team, will give you the opportunity to work with individuals and teams from the business on their personal and team development, and to see some in-house training in action.

Reward: The Reward team provides reward support across the business, working closely with the HR generalist teams. We’re responsible for the design and delivery of an effective reward strategy that facilitates the achievement of business objectives.

We work with the business to ensure that our reward strategy supports the attraction, motivation and retention of talented individuals. Areas covered include: salary, short and long-term incentives (design and management), benefits, pension, remuneration committee, governance and regulation.

Recruitment: Recruiting the best talent is vital to our continued success and we have two teams to support these activities.

The Graduate & Apprentice team recruits over 70 new trainees each year who are either recent school or university students. This team attracts diverse and high-quality students through campus events and online marketing, design and the selection process and manage the trainees once they start their employment.

The Experienced Hire team provides end-to-end resourcing support for teams looking to hire candidates at more experienced and senior levels. Team members work directly with the business to discuss their resourcing needs, find candidates and provide advice and candidate relationship management throughout the recruitment process.

What to expect

You‘ll work closely with senior management and colleagues to expand your range of skills and competencies, with the opportunity to arrange meetings with colleagues across all teams to find out more about their tasks.

You’ll learn on the job by working on day-to-day tasks and specific projects, being expected to make a genuine contribution to M&G’s success from week 1.

Work that previous interns have been involved in includes:

  • Performing competitor analysis and making recommendations to the HR management team
  • Conducting research and presenting the findings
  • Reviewing and creating content for our careers website
  • Mapping current diversity and inclusion activities, conducting a critical review with recommendations     

What we offer

You’ll take part in a training programme which includes insights sessions on asset management and our business units. These are designed to be suitable for those without industry knowledge, and will provide an understanding of the whole spectrum of our business areas.

Interns are also invited to networking and social events, and provided with a buddy from our graduate cohort who will act as an informal support contact.

We’re unable to provide sponsorship for internships and placements. However, if you're in full-time education in the UK under the Tier 4 (General) category, current regulations may permit you to take on temporary employment during holiday periods or as part of your studies.

Who we’re looking for

We’re looking for interns with a curious and driven approach to their work and an interest in Human Resources (HR). You’ll have strong attention to detail and the ability to think laterally to solve problems, as well as excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

We’re looking for interns from a diverse range of backgrounds and actively recruit from all degree disciplines.

You’ll be in your penultimate year of study, be predicted a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree from any discipline and have 300 UCAS points or equivalent.

The scheme at a glance

  • Qualifications required: Predicted 2:1 degree/300 UCAS points
  • Application window: 3 August 2017 to 5 January 2018
  • Current status: Closed
  • Start date of scheme: Summer 2018
  • Duration: 8 weeks
  • Location: Governor's House, London EC4R 0HH

Rotations during my HR Internship allowed me to explore the full lifecycle of human resources. I worked across multiple teams, including the Graduate & Apprentice Team, the HR Generalists, and Real Estate HR. The collaborative environment meant working on projects across teams was encouraged, giving me more exposure to the whole department and helping me to really discover areas that I found most rewarding.

Helen Oakes,  HR intern