Finance Internships in Hong Kong

A Place to Grow and Thrive: Interning in Hong Kong’s Finance Sector

Although Hong Kong is no longer the small finishing village and trading port that it was originally named for, the “incense harbor”, Hong Kong’s literal name in native Cantonese, is now a beautiful blend of it’s cultural roots and modern advances. A fast-paced metropolis today, Hong Kong is a world cultural capital as well as a leader in several industries, including finance. For someone looking to experience the best of Eastern culture, while also gaining world-class experience and making connections with key players in the finance sector, Hong Kong is an unrivaled place in which to live and work.

An island off the coast of southwest China, approximately one quarter of Hong Kong’s 1,104 square kilometers has been developed. The remaining, untouched land is largely occupied by nature reserves and parks. Although the weather can be muggy and rainy during some months, Hong Kong has four distinct seasons and temperatures are pleasant all year round.

Hong Kong has been occupied by several different nations in the past; it’s history is diverse and fascinating. Today, Hong Kong is truly a meeting point for the East and West, which is one of many reasons that it is a great place to live and work in as a foreigner. Thanks to it’s strategic location and strong labor force, Hong Kong has been an attractive nation to others for as long as we know. Hong Kong has prevailed through Japanese occupations and a nearly 50-year colonial period under British rule. Today, Hong Kong is formally known as a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China. Since China began it’s leadership in 1997, Hong Kong has done away with many of it’s former British relics. They have been replaced by pro-Chinese sentiment, including the renaming of building and places and installment of Chinese holidays. Currently, Hong Kong is led by a Chief Executive that is elected by a large selection committee mainly consisting of pro-Chinese professional leaders and politicians.

Hong Kong is an affluent island today, with the world’s 6th highest GDP per capita in the world. Thanks to it’s modernity, low tax rates, and a host of other advantages, it is an attractive place to work for people hailing from all over the world. Hong Kong is a regional and global hub for finance and banking, and currently there is a large demand for skilled labor in these areas. Over 15 major financial companies and banks have headquarters in Hong Kong, in addition to many smaller local and global firms. A few of these major companies include the Bank of China Hong Kong, CLP Holdings, Hutchison Whampoa, China Unicom, and Swire Pacific.

Locals and foreigners share a strong work ethic in Hong Kong, and white collar professionals typically work a minimum of 9AM to 5PM from Monday to Friday. Often, those in the finance industry work longer hours and it is also not unusual to put in a half day at the office on Saturdays. Hong Kong has two official languages; English and Chinese, and Chinese is increasingly becoming the language of business. However, for those working in large, international companies, English will be sufficient for conducting your daily work.


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The city it not a cheap one to live in, but the immense infrastructure, convenient and ample public transportation, and high quality of healthcare in Hong Kong all add to the attractive lifestyle that one can expect living there. Hong Kong is home to countless restaurants, many impressive gyms, and shopping options that range from local markets to high-end fashion and design. You can easily find the creature comforts of home in this large city, while also sampling new foods, learning about the primary religions of Buddhism and Taoism, and generally immersing yourself in native Hong Kong and Chinese culture.

Hong Kong’s financial philosophy focuses on growing a fair market through supportive laws and progressive tax policies. As an international financial center, Hong Kong has a large and integrated network of markets and institutions, mostly characterized by a high degree of liquidity. By taking on a financial sector internship, you will have many opportunities to learn about a broad array of services and sub-sectors. For those interns that work hard and are dedicated to the financial world, Hong Kong can be a prime location for networking and connecting with industry leaders. Thanks to the high number of national and international finance corporations in Hong Kong, an intern here will be exposed to a wide diversity of work, people, and philosophies. This is a huge advantage for someone just starting out in the finance world, and can help to bolster your skill-set and shape your future career path. It’s exciting to know that the opportunities are abundant for those that work hard in Hong Kong, even if you’re interning for the first time and have limited experience in the sector.

Thanks to the fast-paced and stimulating environment, the high-quality of life one can enjoy there, and the abundant professional opportunities present, Hong Kong is an ideal place to live abroad and work as an intern. As a foreigner moving to a new region or simply a new country, everyday will feel like an adventure and you’ll never have a shortage of new activities in which to partake, things to learn, or places to explore. The financial capital that it is, Hong Kong plays an important role on the global scene. Working in this industry can open many doors. Not only will you learn on-the-job, but the possibilities of connecting with a professional mentor or finding your future employer are high. Of course, hard work and dedication are necessary, but you will naturally be inspired and stimulated by your surroundings in Hong Kong.

Moving to a new country can be daunting at the outset. You’ll not only have to learn about the basics of living and thriving in a new culture and place, but you’ll also be juggling the workload of a new, quick-moving job. However, for those that are adventurous and ambitious, the rewards you’ll experience from interning and living overseas will feel endless. Experiencing a new culture, connecting with locals, and taking in the stimulation of wondrous sights will all become part of your daily routine. On top of these delights, you’ll work hard in a resume-boosting job that proves your adaptability, maturity, and skills. If all of this sounds exciting and inspiring to you, then don’t discount a finance internship in Hong Kong, otherwise you’ll certainly be missing out.

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  1. Victor Liang on November 26, 2015 at 3:41 am

    Hey, I’m Victor Liang, a third year student at Northeastern University. I’m wondering if you guys have companies that hire actuarial interns because that is the field that I am interested in. I passed the first actuarial examination and will go onto the second in December.

    • Lexie on December 1, 2015 at 7:07 pm

      Hi Victor,

      Thank you for your comment. We have had actuarial interns in the past, but it is a very competitive field for internships. Whether or not we could accept you to our program would depend on your background experience and the needs of our partner companies at any given time. I would encourage you to apply to our program and let our admissions team evaluate your profile. They will be able to let you know if we could accept you for the career field you are looking for. The application can be found by following this link:

      As we are an official partner of Northeastern University, you would benefit from a 12%-15% discount off our internship programs.

      Looking forward to your application!


  2. supriya on February 6, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Very good idea you’ve shared here, from here I can be a very valuable new experience. all things that are here will I make the source of reference, thank you friends.

    • Kaylea on February 8, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      Hi Supriya,
      We are glad to hear that you found it useful!

  3. SD on September 12, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Could you please send me more information about the program and potential firms? Thanks.

    • Kaylea on September 13, 2017 at 2:17 pm

      Hi Sohrab,
      Thanks for your message and your interest in our finance program. I’ll send you an email today with more information regarding our top locations for finance internships as well as some examples of past placements.

  4. Eliza on October 11, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    Hi Kaylea ,
    I am interested in Financial sales internship, would you please provide more details like how to apply and if the jobs are still available , thank you very much !

    • Kaylea on October 13, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      Hi Eliza,
      Thanks for your message. Sure, I’m happy to send you more information! Our program runs year round, there are still a few spots available for the end of this year and into 2018. Keep an eye out for an email from me.

  5. Elsie on November 2, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Dear Kaylea

    I am a graduate and interested in internship in international taxation

    • Kaylea on November 7, 2017 at 8:04 am

      Hi Elsie,
      Thanks for your message and your interest in our program in Hong Kong. We offer a wide range of different finance based internships – I’ll send you some more information today.

  6. BC on December 14, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    I am interested in finance internships in Hong Kong, Tokyo, London, and New York in 2018. Would you please send me over relevant information regarding past and potential host companies at these four cities? Thank you.

    • Kaylea on December 15, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      Hi BC,
      Thanks for your message and your interest in our programs in finance. I’m happy to send you some more information regarding the cities you mentioned – keep an eye out for an email from me.

  7. Jan on January 14, 2018 at 7:28 am

    Do offer fiance internships for High School Students (16 year old).

    • Kaylea on January 19, 2018 at 3:09 pm

      Hi Jan,
      Thanks for your message and your interest in our program. In order to be considered for a finance internship, you must be a university student or graduate of university with a background in finance. We do have options for those who haven’t started university yet, I’ll send you an email with some more information!

  8. andrea on March 1, 2018 at 6:32 am

    Hi! can I get mor info about the financial internship placements and past jobs interns have gotten?

    • Gabrielle Trasatti on March 1, 2018 at 2:06 pm

      Hi Andrea, thanks for your comment! Yes, we just sent you an email with additional information. Best regards

  9. John on March 4, 2018 at 4:39 am

    What past firms have hosted interns in Hong Kong in the finance/banking industry and what firms are likely for Summer 2018?

    • Gabrielle Trasatti on March 6, 2018 at 5:25 pm

      Hi John, thanks for your message! I’ve sent you an email about the available finance opportunities in Hong Kong for this summer. Best regards

  10. John on March 5, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    Can I get more info on past placements in finance?

    • Gabrielle Trasatti on March 6, 2018 at 5:26 pm

      Hi John, yes! I’ve recently sent you an email about our finance placements. Warm regards

  11. Alex on June 6, 2018 at 5:24 am

    Hi can i have the list of potential finance and consulting opportunities in different location?Thank you!

    • Gabrielle Trasatti on June 6, 2018 at 9:21 pm

      Hi Alex, thanks for your comment! We have over 2,000 host organizations across all our 15 program destinations. We don’t have a static list of companies where we place interns as our partnerships are constantly growing and each placement is customized to a participant’s specific professional profile. However, we place interns in a large variety of companies and organizations, ranging from MNCs to SMEs and leading startups. If you’d like me to send you some example companies to your email, please let me know. Warm regards

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