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Description of UBS

Headquartered in Zurich and Basel, UBS is one of the world's leading financial firms, serving a discerning, international client base with its wealth management, investment banking and asset management businesses. In Switzerland, UBS is the market leader in retail and commercial banking. UBS is present in all major financial centers and has offices in over 50 countries. It employs more than 75,000 people around the world. UBS comprises four business divisions and a Corporate Center, as described below.

Wealth Management & Swiss Bank

UBS's wealth management business caters to high net worth and affluent individuals around the world (except those served by Wealth Management Americas) whether they are investing internationally or in their home country. UBS offers these clients a complete range of tailored advice and investment services. Its Swiss Bank business provides a complete set of banking services for Swiss individual and corporate clients.

Wealth Management Americas

Wealth Management Americas offers sophisticated products and services specifically designed to address the needs of high net worth and affluent individuals. It includes the former Wealth Management US business unit, as well as the domestic Canadian business and the international business booked in the United States.

Global Asset Management

Global Asset Management is one of the world’s leading asset managers, providing investment solutions to private clients, financial intermediaries and institutional investors worldwide. The business division offers diverse investment capabilities and investment styles across all major traditional and alternative asset classes. Specialist equity, fixed income, currency, hedge fund, real estate, infrastructure and private equity investment capabilities can also be combined in multi-asset strategies.

Investment Bank

In the investment banking and securities businesses, UBS provides securities products and research in equities, fixed income, rates, foreign exchange and metals. It also provides advisory services as well as access to the world's capital markets for corporate, institutional, intermediary and alternative asset management clients.

Corporate Center

The Corporate Center ensures that all business divisions operate as a coherent and effective whole with a common set of values and principles in such areas as risk management and control, finance, legal and compliance, marketing and communications, funding, capital and balance sheet management, management of foreign currency earnings, information technology infrastructure and service centers.

Who we are looking for

It’s true that building a career in financial services is a demanding option. You’ll need a strong personality, an ability to learn and think quickly, alongside the determination to excel.

We are looking for graduates with a range of perspectives, experiences and skills - people who can bring something different to our organization. Of course, academic credentials are important, but equally important are demonstrable skills such as problem analysis, judgment and decision making, planning and organizing, communication, drive and commitment, teamwork and innovation.

In return, we offer excellent career opportunities designed to match your ambition and potential.

Researching your desired business division is essential, whether through utilizing the wealth of information online, or by speaking to those already working in the industry.

Our graduates

The key to achieving growth and change is attracting the most talented, qualified and motivated people and giving them every opportunity to succeed.

The pace is quick, but the environment is supportive. Graduates at UBS have to use their judgment every day and are asked to make important decisions that impact themselves, their teams and our clients.

Work-life balance

At UBS, we recognize that employees have lives outside of their work and that there is a close relationship between their home life and their motivation and performance. We understand that work-life balance impacts everyone, regardless of your personal circumstances and commitments.

Learning and Development

Learning and development is a central part of UBS’s culture. We invest significant resources to ensure that the education and training you receive is relevant to your aspirations as well as our business requirements. The firm offers a broad range of opportunities and support to help you in your personal development and to plan your career.

Each business division has a specific approach to development to help employees and managers identify key areas of learning and development, and ensure they are delivered at the appropriate stages of an individual’s career. Our education programs focus on: technical skills, leadership and management and encourage a self-directed approach to learning with individuals taking ownership for their progression and development.  We set extremely high standards for our recruits and reflect these in the way we challenge them through continued education and development.

Summer Internship Program

We offer structured summer internship programs, where you will work alongside some of the brightest and best people, learning about our organization, a specific business division, our clients and the products and services we offer. Throughout, events are run to ensure your experience is packed with learning, training and networking opportunities.

Graduate Training (For UK and Swiss IB grads)

The UBS EXPLORE Graduate Program is a learning journey.  All graduates from across UBS’s businesses and throughout the firm have a common mission to build business-specific proficiencies and firm-wide knowledge.  UBS graduates enter intensive, industry-leading EXPLORE training program at the start of their careers with the firm lasting from 18 – 24 months. These programs provide various cross-divisional and specialist perspectives. They focus on specific business skills as well as personal development.  Graduates will also learn about our organization, core values and the professional standards we aspire to. There are opportunities for graduates to grow both professionally and personally and to create networks to bring our strategy to life.  EXPLORE positions graduates for a successful career at UBS and prepares them for many more learning opportunities

Application procedure

Competency based online application including numerical and logical reasoning tests, competency-based interviews and assessment exercises.

Application details:

All applications must be submitted online at

2009-10 Closing dates for Europe

Full time: Sunday, 1 November 2009

  • Front office summer interns: Sunday, 27 December 2009
  • Logistics summer interns, Industrial Placement and first year programs: Sunday, 17 January 2010

*Please check our website for details. No closing dates for Switzerland.