I want to start this entry by saying how unbearably hot and humid the weather in Hong Kong is already. I know I shouldn’t be complaining coming from Canada but the thought of having to wear a suit to an event right now makes me cringe. The only good things about this weather are the boat trips, island hikes, beach outings and of course patio beers! The end of the third term is near, only a couple more months to go before the start of the summer term and internships.
So after months of writing dozens of cover letters, revising my CV, networking with numerous professionals, talking to friends back home, sending random LinkedIn emails, and going through some interviews, I am happy to say I have finally decided on a summer internship that will hopefully further my career and expose me to new opportunities in the financial sector.
First, I am likely to be working part time over the next couple of months at an investment brokerage firm with a focus on commodities options trading. I will still have classes until the end of June (and actually a weekend class during the summer as well) but I think I will be going into the office during the evening shift when all three of the major markets are open. I think this will be a great opportunity to be immersed in this environment and learn about deal executions and investment strategies. It will be a high-paced environment which will be welcome as this was something I wanted after my pre-MBA work experience. I will get a taste of how a trading brokerage runs and I will try to absorb as much as I can while I am there.
Then, the beginning of July is when I officially start my summer internship at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx) in their primary markets divisions which handles IPO transactions and listing. I am really excited about this role and I think the experience will be unbelievable. With Hong Kong being the global leader for funds raised through IPOs over the last few years, this is a valuable chance for me to work for one of the leading stock exchanges in the world. Even though this internship was not my first choice, I am grateful for this opportunity and I think the networks and knowledge I will gain will be unparalleled. This job took quite a bit of networking so I am happy I will be one of HKEx’s summer interns this year.
It is nice to have some direction and know where I will be this summer. After my internship, I will take off to Barcelona for exchange to start the final term of my MBA. I already have a few Euro trips in mind and it will be wonderful to meet new classmates and see new places.
Until then, I finally have the worry of “Will I find a good summer internship?” out of my mind and it feels great!! Some of my classmates are really close as well and in their last round interviews. Having known them for the better part of nine months, I know they have all got what it takes, now it’s just simply execution!