Internships may not be starting in Hong Kong for a few months, but most global banks in the city have already selected their 2018 summer analysts.
A (very) small number of these elite students have recently updated their online profiles to reveal themselves as “incoming interns”. If you’re a finance student wanting a Hong Kong-based internship at a large investment bank, here’s who you now need to live up to.
Mingjian Li, Goldman Sachs
Does Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong only hire interns with previous bulge-bracket experience? It seems not. Li got into Goldman’s securities team on the back of several internships in similar fields at smaller Asian firms. She started out in 2015 as a sales and trading summer analyst at CMB International and has since worked for China Galaxy Securities, AMTD Group, and UOB Kay Hian, according to her public profile.
Tony He, HSBC
He finished a BBA degree at HKU last year and is now completing a Masters in International Finance at HEC Paris, according to his profile. This summer he heads back to Hong Kong to intern in HSBC’s global banking and markets team. He worked for both China Investment Securities and Shanxi Securities last year – a further sign that Western banks are increasingly looking favourably on former interns of Chinese institutions.
Jonathan Liu, Credit Suisse
While investment banks in Hong Kong recruit most of their interns from local campuses, Liu is an expectation: he’s studying Economic and Mathematics at Northwestern University in the US. Along with an overseas education (helpful for landing cross-border IB jobs in Asia), Liu has already done three internships. He spent last summer in Standard Chartered’s financial institutions group, while the previous year he worked for Chicago private equity firm Wind Point Partners and for KPMG in Hong Kong.
Arthur Fukuda Lam, Morgan Stanley
Lam is also one of the outlier overseas students: he’s doing a Business Administration degree at University of California, Berkeley. He has a wide range of extracurricular activities on his resume, from the table tennis team to the Undergraduate Finance Association. Lam is also a case competition ace, having placed first in events run by Huawei and PwC. He spent last summer at M&A advisors BDA Partners in Hong Kong and the previous one at private equity firm Leopard Capital…in Cambodia.
Herman Ko, Deutsche Bank
A lack of previous internship experience is not necessarily an impediment to getting into Deutsche. Ko is in his third year of a BBA degree at HKUST Business School, but unlike most aspiring bankers of his age, he hasn’t done an internship yet. He does, however, have an array of finance-related activities on his CV that would have appealed to Deutsche. He’s taken part in Deloitte ‘job shadowing’, HSBC financial dialogue events, and Morgan Stanley early insights days. Ko’s profile also combines two things that banks tend to admire: entrepreneurship and extracurriculars. He is the co-founder of the University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Association.
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