Commodities Strategy Summer Associate

Commodities Strategy Summer Associate

Application Information


  • Support one of Wall Street’s best commodities research teams
  • Learn how to think like a trader
  • Have a real responsibility right away

Join the team supporting one of Wall Street’s best commodities research teams. Liaise with sales, trading desks and other research groups. Learn how we advise leading institutional investors and corporate clients around the globe on strategic energy and base metals investment decisions.


What to expect

Expect to gain valuable experience, while also having a genuine impact on our business. Working closely with a senior analyst, you’ll exercise your ability to think like a trader or portfolio manager, contributing ideas to investment theses and reports.

In your ten weeks with us, you’ll gain a sound understanding of commodities markets, as well as the economic forces that influence them. Day-to-day, you could be involved in a wide range of activities, including:

  • Diving deep into the fundamentals of key commodity markets and commodity-intensive countries
  • Working on a collaborative basis with other energy and metals related asset classes
  • Studying the linkages between key commodity markets and rates and foreign exchange
  • Working on custom projects and conduct empirical studies using public databases and Barclays’ proprietary data, models and analytics
  • Developing and publishing Barclays Research periodicals for clients

How you'll develop

Throughout the summer, our support will help you deliver your best work. In our team-driven environment, you’ll find that mentoring happens naturally and friendships are easy to form. Senior and junior mentors will guide your progress, and networking and social events will provide a fully rounded experience. Halfway through, you’ll get constructive feedback on your performance. By the time the summer’s over, you’ll walk away with a solid understanding of our business, our culture and your potential place within it. If you perform very well and meet our hiring criteria, you could have a full-time role waiting for you after graduation. 

Who thrives here

First and foremost, you should be a Masters or PhD student in a technical discipline such as Finance, Econometrics, Economics or Operations Research. You’ll need strong quantitative skills, including statistics and time series analysis.

In addition, we’ll expect you to be a strong team player, with the ability to think creatively and present your ideas clearly. Finally, you’ll be comfortable working in a programming environment, such as Matlab, SAS, Eviews and Excel VBA.