The story of this year's summer interns
Since the beginning of June, we have had the opportunity to work for Quesnay in lovely surroundings at Søndre Tåsen Gård. The company culture impressed us right from the start. It was hard work and fast-paced from day one, but Quesnay makes sure to boost productivity through social activities such as eating ice cream in the garden, barbequing for lunch, drinking beer after work on Fridays and doing boot camps in the garden together with sporty colleagues.
Written by Jesper Robertsson Lund and Ona Grinderud Nordbø.
Steep learning curve
At Quesnay one just has to dive right in. The learning curve has been steep, and we leave Quesnay with many new experiences. We have been part of client meetings, had the responsibility for research and analysis on new initiatives, been part of starting up new projects, worked with the communications and product descriptions and contributed to the planning and execution of both internal and external events. The varied tasks have allowed us to work closely with different parts of the organization and given us a good overview of how the company is run.
How was your first impression of the company?
Ona: The week I started, Securities Disrupted ’19 took place which meant having to hit the ground running. It was so much fun being part of the crazy last few days before the conference, and also be a part of the conference execution. Quesnay seemed to me as a company with lots of exciting initiatives. The organization and the teams are diverse and well composed in terms of educational background which I believe is a strength. Also, there is always room for bringing forth ideas and suggestions which is a trait I appreciate. Quesnay seem to have a lot of exciting projects going on and even bigger plans for the future.
How did you find Quesnay?
Jesper: For me, coming across Quesnay was a lucky coincidence. It all started with helping my girlfriend, who lives in Norway, to find an interesting internship. After having read the job listing and being impressed by the company’s drive and culture, I had succeeded in finding an interesting job. Personally, I am interested in working as a consultant and Quesnay seemed like a unique opportunity to work in a small, yet innovative consulting firm. Therefore, suddenly I was the one applying for this internship instead. After the recruiting process, it was clear that I was going to spend the summer in Oslo working for Quesnay. And it turned out to be a great summer.
Freedom with responsibility
To be an intern at Quesnay has been very interesting. We have had both freedom and responsibility from day one, and have learned a lot during the few, but intense weeks. We have gotten to know the banking and finance industry better and learned about the many legislations in which they have to comply to. Also, we have gained a greater understanding of the challenges both new and established companies face due to increasing compliance demands. Even though we knew very little about regtech when we first started, we now understand that this is a field that will grow to be even more important in the coming years.