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New York, Mountbatten InProgramme - Living Costs in New York

There are 6052 comments on the Lonely Planet story from Dec 14, 2005, titled New York, Mountbatten InProgramme - Living Costs in New York. In it, Lonely Planet reports that:

Firstly has anyone been on the Mountbatten Internship programme to either New York or London? and can tell me how good it was? Was it worth the price? And does the Certificate in International Business Practice ...

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Paige

Charleston, SC

#42 Jan 30, 2007
I'm going to apply for the London programme and I actually met a couple of interns while I was in London a few weeks ago. They said they aren't too sure how competitive the process is because Mountbatten seems to be a bit shady on that subject. However, I've spoken with the admissions manager and she assured me that they look at your whole application. She emphasized work and international experience however but I believe they are just looking for well-rounded individuals. BUT, I know the NY programme is older and from what I understand it is a bit more competitive b/c this internship is widely known whereas the London programme is still fairly new. If are you concerned with your application, abilities, and experience, just email the programme and they'll be able to help you more. You really have nothing to lose in applying so it's worth at least doing that. Good luck!
ladymuck wrote:
right.
I have been researching mountbatten for a good 6months now and i have to say this is the most useful site ive been on! I really really really want to apply but i am scared for a number of reasons, please can someone help me out?
1. is it true mountbatten favour people from redbrick uni's? im from an ex poly and i would hate to be discriminated against because of that...
2. do they favour experience over personality and ambition?
3. how competitive is it to get on exactly?
i realise that most of you won't know the answers to these questions but if any of you do then please tell me.I want to do this more than anything in my life but i want it so much that im scared of applying in case i don't get in! crazy logic, i know...someone help me! oh by the way its the new york internship want to apply for! just eep posting the advice, its great to read because there's nothing else about mountbatten like this anywhere!

Since: Jan 07

UK

#43 Jan 30, 2007
Back up there dude...

you just said only come if you love travelling, want a good resume, love to drink and do stupid things?
but then you said the program is a joke and warned us away from mountbatten?!
Are you being deliberately contradictory?

Since: Jan 07

UK

#44 Jan 30, 2007
that last message wa meant for the sept 06 intern from berwyn, IL!

This message is for Paige...Thanks so much!!!!
Dan

Jarrow, UK

#45 Jan 30, 2007
Rohan Narula wrote:
Got my acceptance email today.... subject to clearance be Mountbatten's medical doctor :-p whatever that means ... lol ... anyone from here going for the May 2007 intake in New York? will probably bump into you there ... cheers ...
Congratulations Rohan!

I'm intrigued - I have my interview next Tuesday. What sort of questions did they ask; presumably standard job interview-type questions? How difficult was the questioning and were any particularly awkward/unusual?

Just looking for a heads-up!

Cheers, Dan
Paige

Belleville, MI

#46 Jan 31, 2007
I know this may sound really dumb, but I'm having a hard time with my personal statement. I've had to write a million before but this one has me stumped. Does anyone have any pointers??
Thanks!
1997 NYC intern

London, UK

#47 Jan 31, 2007
Amazing to see that the programme now sparks so much interest! I had a great time and so did everyone else. All I would say is manage your expectations before you go - your job is unlikely to be amazing and you may have to share a room. You will also earn very little. But as you will find, it really doesn't matter at all. I haven't been so poor or happy since! Feel free to ask any specifics.

Since: Jan 07

Mumbai

#48 Jan 31, 2007
Dan wrote:
<quoted text>
Congratulations Rohan!
I'm intrigued - I have my interview next Tuesday. What sort of questions did they ask; presumably standard job interview-type questions? How difficult was the questioning and were any particularly awkward/unusual?
Just looking for a heads-up!
Cheers, Dan
Hey Dan,

I had a 1.5hr long interview with Paul Beresford-Hill, the Director General of Mountbatten.

He asked me about 40-50 questions ranging from - a) Why I want to go to New York; b) How I believe the programme will benefit me c) What I expect to learn from it d) The list is endless!! The questions weren't particularly difficult as such; but they were very carefully framed. Your body language, responses, level of maturity, honesty, etc all count and are carefully observed.

He then went on to more specific questions regarding my future job objectives and educational plans; but hey, here are a few tips for when you're applying -

1) Your personal statement should be top-class. Half way through my interview Paul told me that my Personal Statement was beautifully written! It may sound weird; but the way to do it is simply stick to the truth and write from the heart.

2) DON'T BE ARROGANT! He mentioned to me that my references indicated that I displayed a touch of arrogance - I managed to squeeze out of that one, tricky though it was.

3) At the end of the interview you will be asked if you have any questions - make sure you ask! Limit your queries to the programme and internship and keep them very relevant. I asked around 5-6 questions and centered them primarily around what the programme has to offer post-completion; details of the Cambridge modules; etc.

4) I have written a book on poetry which has been published; enjoy listening to trance; work at Standard Chartered Bank - Wealth Management department; have graduated with an Economics degree;
eventually want to try my hand at advertising! He loved my diverse profile and figured I would probably fit into most environments. So, I conclude - diversity is important!!

Finally, I think having a fantastic interview helps in pushing your application through. I rocked the interview and Paul said he would recommend me to certain companies ( I won't mention which companies; but I can say that they were very high profile organizations)!

All the best and hope this was useful!! And make sure your English is top-notch; Paul's an Oxford graduate! LOL :-)

Cheers,

Rohan

PS - Has anyone else here been invited and interviewed in person by Paul Beresford-Hill (Director General)?

Since: Jan 07

Mumbai

#49 Jan 31, 2007
magicalgirl wrote:
Hi Guys
I am actually a past intern who went to New York in May 2004-2005. I can't comment on the London programme obviously but from the comments above I can at least say to those of you going out to NY the NY programme is not disorganised. The only contact that you have with the London office is when you are leaving for NY.
To JPW- no not everyone gets invited for an interview.
To Rohan- it was a few weeks after my MB interview that I had the interviews with sponsor companies-this is just procedural so don't worry if you don't hear from them straight away. MB also sent us an email to say when interviews started.
Anywayz guys hope that clears up a few questions. Feel free to question me if you want anymore info.
Hi,

I was just wondering if you could drop in a few details about your interview with your sponsor companies (or atleast what you remember of it :) lol) I really want to know anything about the telephone interview since I am scheduled to start getting calls in a few weeks' time... Thanks!

Rohan
Dan

Jarrow, UK

#50 Jan 31, 2007
Rohan Narula wrote:
<quoted text>
Hey Dan,
I had a 1.5hr long interview with Paul Beresford-Hill, the Director General of Mountbatten.
He asked me about 40-50 questions ranging from - a) Why I want to go to New York; b) How I believe the programme will benefit me c) What I expect to learn from it d) The list is endless!! The questions weren't particularly difficult as such; but they were very carefully framed. Your body language, responses, level of maturity, honesty, etc all count and are carefully observed.
Hi Rohan,

Thanks for the tips!

The Personal Statement was completed and sent-in long ago, so not much I can change on that, although I did have it edited by an English major and an MBA, so hopefully it shouldn't be too bad.

I have to say I'm quite nervous, but I suppose that's a good thing. With regard to the arrogance thing; it strikes me that it may be a trick question to see how you react. I'm not sure how a reference can suggest that you're arrogant, since afterall it is completed by another person. Sounds like you gave the right answer though!

I've been running my own software company since graduating two years ago so I've had a lot of experience with administrative work as well as sales and marketing (and producing the software itself), so hopefully that'll hold well. I've had my software published in many major Computing magazines, and reviewed in the Guardian and Financial Times. I've made some photocopies to take to the interview - did they ask you to produce anything like this, or did you offer anything (i.e. your poetry)?

I graduated with a Computer Science degree from the University of London. In fact that's one of the main reasons for me wanting to take part in the program - I did want to go ahead and do an MBA but I felt it would be too theoretical and academic, so when I heard about Mountbatten where you can do an internship and complete the Cambridge modules I started my application straight away.

Thanks again for your advice Rohan, it's settling my hard beat a little bit!
Aman Mehta

Edgware, UK

#51 Feb 1, 2007
Hey guys

Had my interview on Monday...received an offer on Wednesday....doesn’t sound disorganised to me!

Really excited about the program... I think it has a lot to offer...Rohan are you going in May?

Guys if you have any questions then let me know

Aman

Since: Jan 07

UK

#52 Feb 1, 2007
Hi Aman,
Congratulations!!!
Dan and Rohan have kinda got me scared about how much i actually have to offer...I don't have my own company nor have a written a book!
I am however well-rounded and determined. But i do come from a fashion and retail background.
Do you have any advice about how to secure an interview and is there anything in your opinion you think i should do that would bump up my chances?
Absolutely any advice is appreciated!
Paige

Charleston, SC

#53 Feb 1, 2007
Congratulations Aman and Rohan! Sounds like y'all have done great so far! Ladymuck, don't worry about not being the most STELLAR candidate. Just show the programme what you have to offer and it's very doubtful they'll compare you to other expectional candidates like the ones mentioned above. I'm nervous as well although I know I'll be competitive but I know people that will be applying will be nothing short of amazing. Just show them all you've got and that'll be good enough! On another note, I've heard that motivation and tons of enthusiam is KEY!! Just show them that you want this internship more than anything! I'm in the application process right now and really don't know a whole lot, but just remember to be excited!
Aman Mehta

Edgware, UK

#54 Feb 1, 2007
Lady Muck and Paige
Don’t worry relax. We are all different, we all have different skills, and we all have different experiences to offer different companies so just be your self. Paige you are right they are looking for enthusiasm…. Some one who really wants this, and some one who is going to be able to represent Mountbatten, because for them you are an investment for future candidates.
The interview is really relaxing. But remember it is a 2 way process so make sure u ask as many ‘appropriate’ questions as you want. They want to find out if you are right for them as much as you want to find out if the program is right for you.
Hope this info helps…
If you have any more questions just email me…
Axm301@googlemail.com
Aman

Since: Jan 07

Mumbai

#55 Feb 1, 2007
Aman Mehta wrote:
Hey guys
Had my interview on Monday...received an offer on Wednesday....doesn’t sound disorganised to me!
Really excited about the program... I think it has a lot to offer...Rohan are you going in May?
Guys if you have any questions then let me know
Aman
Hey Aman,

Yeah, I'm due for May 07... Just waiting for my sponsorship interview call... Hope to bump into you there!:)

Cheers,

Ro
Kara Nichols

Maldon, UK

#57 Feb 1, 2007
Hey Guys,

I have my interview for NY internship on Monday and I am nervous, but I think it is more excitment than anything!
Fingers crossed I will get the opportunity to go! Here's my email so_kara@hotmail.com or kara@ors.org.uk. It would be good to get in touch with people who will be out there the same time...If I get to go that is....

Kara :-)

Since: Jan 07

Mumbai

#58 Feb 2, 2007
Kara Nichols wrote:
Hey Guys,
I have my interview for NY internship on Monday and I am nervous, but I think it is more excitment than anything!
Fingers crossed I will get the opportunity to go! Here's my email so_kara@hotmail.com or kara@ors.org.uk. It would be good to get in touch with people who will be out there the same time...If I get to go that is....
Kara :-)
Hey Kara,

All the best!!:) I hope you get through. Are you applying for the May or September intake?

Cheers,

Ro
Ashley

Watford, UK

#59 Feb 2, 2007
Hey,

I am applying to go to London on the August 07 intake. bit concerned about some of the comments,

Intern from Berwyn (and any other current interns out there!)- where abouts do you work and how is the job? you said it takes a lot if your time, do you do extra hours? also I hear there are different accommodations, can you tell me a bit about them?
Thanks
Paige

Charleston, SC

#60 Feb 2, 2007
Ashley,
I see that you're in the UK at the moment. Are you in grad school or just visiting? I'm applying for the London Aug 07 intake and I've spoken with a couple of former interns and current ones ( I was in London for my postgrad commencement a few weeks ago). They told me it was really on what you expect from the program and what you'd like to gain. I'll be more than happy to share their information with you if you'd like. You can reach me at jpwalston@gmail.com.
Marc

Cannock, UK

#61 Feb 2, 2007
Heya. Im still deciding whether to go for the intern in NY Sept 07. The main thing thats putting me off is the type of job you may get, because you cannot reject the job. Bit concerned with all the problems people are having with the programme! If anyone who has done the New York intern and can help me with few more questions please email me sparkycohen18@hotmail.com . ill be very grateful. thanks
Kara Nichols

UK

#62 Feb 3, 2007
Rohan Narula wrote:
<quoted text>
Hey Kara,
All the best!!:) I hope you get through. Are you applying for the May or September intake?
Cheers,
Ro
Cheers Ro!! I hope I get through too fingers crossed everyone!! I've applied for the May intake. Are you going in May?

Kara :-)

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