‘What difference does Lewis make?’
Name: Lewis Gudgeon
Position: Summer Intern in 2014 and 2015; Analyst 2017
Education: BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Warwick University; MPhil in Economics Research, Cambridge University
Q: What are the opportunities for interns at Oxera. And how is it different from other intern opportunities?
A: Oxera is quite unusual because its structure is so flat, which means that as an intern you get an opportunity to meaningfully interact and engage with the most senior people in person and in meetings. This has helped me quickly build knowledge of different areas of economics and apply the skills I learned at university.
Q: So what’s a typical day like for an intern at Oxera?
A: A typical day is spent splitting time between live project work for clients (always under close supervision, with super-quick feedback compared with university), meetings and desk research. It’s often punctuated—or interrupted—by a staff lunch trip out of the office.
Although not strictly tied to one sector, I’ve worked mostly in Financial Services, spending much of my time working on a project for a regulator. This has been amazing experience involving conferences and interviews with regulators from around the world—often multiple countries in one day.
Q: How did you end up at Oxera?
A: I came to Oxera after finishing my final year studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Warwick University. I then went to study a Masters in Economics at Cambridge. In 2013 I had an internship at the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), where I really caught the ‘economics bug’—I decided to do my Masters in Economics and first met Oxera at a careers fair. I then attended an open day at Oxera’s Oxford head office, and chose them above other consultancies because they seemed to operate in the fertile middle ground between the private sector and academia.
Q: What did you learn personally?
A: The focus at Oxera on outputs (quality of work) rather than inputs (quantity of hours worked in investment banking) makes the most sense to me and makes it a genuinely enjoyable place to work. The calibre of the people working there keeps the working environment thought-provoking and lively—you’ll rarely have a conversation with someone without learning something new.
It’s the perfect place to find out if a career in economics is for you.