Internships may not be starting in Singapore for several months, but many firms have already selected their 2018 summer analysts.
A (very) small number of these elite Singaporean students have recently updated their online profiles to reveal themselves as “incoming interns”. If you're a finance student wanting an internship, here's who you now need to live up to.
Israel Kirk Tan, J.P. Morgan
Tan graduated summa cum laude with a BSc in Economics from SMU in 2016 and is now completing a Financial Engineering Masters at Imperial College London. He has done eight internships dating back to 2014, including at Citi and Temasek. His two most recent stints were at hedge funds in Singapore: Thirdrock Group (2017) and Dymon Asia Capital (2016). He is an incoming global markets summer analyst at J.P. Morgan and is “actively seeking opportunities on the trading floor”, according to his profile.
Michelle Suh, Nomura
Suh is currently studying for a BBA (majoring in finance) at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, but will return to Asia this summer for her internship in Nomura’s global markets team. Like many aspiring finance professionals, she first interned at an Asian firm (Korea’s Woori Bank) and then moved to a Western institution (Suh worked in equity research for Allianz Global Investors last year). Her profile also shows the importance of attending networking events as a finance student. In 2016 alone, Suh went to the McKinsey & Co Undergraduate Women’s Summit, the Prudential Peak Leadership Conference, and the BlackRock Find Your Future Forum.
Ray Han, GIC
Han will be a fixed income analyst in GIC’s investment management division this summer. Since starting his BBA at NUS in 2015, he has clocked up six other internships across a range of sectors: EY (in the infrastructure team), Aberdeen Asset Management (equities), AIA (wealth planning), Visionnaires Capital (corporate finance), CNBC (accounting), and UOB (middle-office). Han boosted his CV further in 2016 when he was selected for Citi Banking 101, a two-week programme which introduces elite students to senior Citi bankers. And his leadership credentials? For the past 20 months Han has been director of equity research for the NUS Investment Society. Typically for an intern in Singapore, Han included a student exchange as part of his degree: he spent some of last year at the University of St.Gallen in Switzerland.
Johnathan Lee, Goldman Sachs
Lee starts a 10-week programme in Goldman’s global commodities division in May, following on from his upcoming spring internship within the financial institutions group at ING. He boasts the kind of extracurricular activities that banks love to see on student CVs. Last year he was chosen to take part in the Singapore Economic Development Board’s Emerging Leaders Programme and he spent 10 months as vice project director of the NUS Students’ Business Club. During his first year at college, Lee was the team lead for the Deutsche Bank Access Asia Conference.
Rachael Ang, Macquarie
Last summer Ang was an equity research intern at Julius Baer; this summer she will be working in Macquarie’s investment banking division. An English and Economics major at Amherst College in Massachusetts, Ang’s extracurriculars are impressive. She is vice president of the Consulting Club and spends more than 20 hours a week training and competing as part of the university’s squash team. Ang has also been a volunteer teacher for the Salvation Army.
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