Internships at global banks in Singapore have started or are about to kick off in the next few weeks.
Some of this year’s interns have updated their online profiles and we’ve summarised a selection of the more impressive ones below.
If you want to get an internship in Singapore yourself, here’s what you have to live up to.
Ryan Chang, Societe Generale
Chang joins the financial institutions group at SocGen on the back of two buy-side focused internships. He worked for UOB’s asset management arm in 2015, where he “understudied weekly investment strategy meetings for the asset allocation and sales team”. The following year he went to Eastspring Investments and “jointly devised a novel investment platform, aimed at capturing lost institutional mandates”. The NUS BBA student was also awarded best innovation lab group project during Citi’s Banking 101 Foundational Program for “redesigning and pitching the ideal digital wallet”, according to his online profile.
Lu Hong, HSBC
Hong’s work experience span’s both trading and computing, putting her on track for a career in the growth function of automated trading. She’s been a software developer for the Computing for Voluntary Welfare organisation and an intern for the Institute of High Performance Computing. She spent last summer in the credit derivatives trading unit at OCBC and is now joining HSBC as a sales and trading summer analyst, according to her profile. Hong is studying quantitative finance at NUS. She made the Dean’s List in 2015/2016 and expects to graduate with “honours, highest distinction”.
Lionel Tye, J.P. Morgan
Unlike most interns, Tye is studying overseas – he’s doing an economics degree at LSE and did a spring internship with KPMG in London in 2016, according to the profile that he has posted online. He spends his summer breaks in Singapore, however. He worked for CO Wealth Advisory Group in 2015 and for VC firm Frontier Ventures in 2016. This year Tye has landed his first internship at a big bank – he’s joining J.P. Morgan as an investment banking summer analyst, according to his public profile. He also helped to organise last year’s Asia Investment Banking Conference in Hong Kong.
Cristabelle Lee, Standard Chartered
Lee joined financial sponsors group at Stan Chart last month as an investment banking intern. From December to January she worked as a winter intern in KPMG’s corporate finance team, where she was “involved in the execution of M&A deals for Southeast Asian clients” and built a “comprehensive financial model for a sell-side transaction in the TMT industry”. During the first half of last year the NUS BBA student was a semester Intern at ING, focused on sustainable finance, according to her profile. And until 2015 she was vice-head of operations at NUS Operation Orion, a charity which helps needy communities across Asia.
Belmen Woo, DBS
Woo is an investment banking summer analyst at DBS, his online profile states. Like many interns in Singapore he’s studying business at NUS and has done an exchange programme to a foreign college (in his case the University of Wisconsin-Madison). But Woo’s previous internships haven’t been in banking – he spent last summer at recruitment agency Ignite Talent Asia and the previous one at Aviva Investors, where he “conducted in-depth research from a buy-side perspective and prepared daily asset allocation and FX hedging reports”.
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