During the summer of 2015, Juliana Law was a Summer Intern for a HSBC Global Banking and Markets subsidiary in Hong Kong.
CCD: What did you do in that position? What were your responsibilities?
Juliana: I interned with Brokerage Outsourcing Securities Services. I was involved in various projects and helped produce Solution Outline Documents, a strategy paper for the team, and communicated with different parties to facilitate development, testings, and implementation of various aspects in all projects.
CCD: How did you find the position? What helped you get it? What resources (at BU or elsewhere) did you use?
Juliana: I searched on Google and on company websites targeting summer programs for sophomores in Hong Kong. I sought help from the Feld Career Center on polishing my resume and cover letters before I applied to those programs through the company career website.
CCD: What was the best thing about the experience? What was the worst?
Juliana: I love the global and diverse working environment of the multinational bank, where I got to work with people from all over the world. They were not only intelligent and ambitious, but also hard working and respectful. Teamwork is highly valued at the office and the level of trust and support I received encouraged me to go above and beyond in order to meet the high expectations. The work was demanding, but rewarding.
There was nothing significantly bad about my internship; I truly enjoyed my time at my team.
CCD: What is one thing you’ve learned that will benefit any future internships or other hands-on experiences?
Juliana: I learned to spend more time interacting with different people outside of my team. Being in a large division and on a huge floor gave me exposure to many impressive people, and I wish I had spent the time to communicate with them to learn what they are doing.
CCD: What are the top 3 skills you’ve learned from this experience?
Juliana: Communication, time-management, and respect.
CCD: What advice would you give to another student about making the most of a summer experience?
Juliana: Definitely find a job or research project, anything that can give you a glimpse into what it is like being in a full-time position. Work life is very different from school life, and it is something worth experiencing before deciding which path to go after graduation.
CCD: What are the benefits of the type of summer experience you did?
Juliana: An international experience is very eye opening, and I highly encourage it as well, as experiencing different cultures can make one more mature, well-rounded, receptive, and liberal-minded. Interning at a large corporation also requires better teamwork, communication skills and people skills, which are transferable skills that will continue to benefit my future career.
CCD: What’s next for you?
Juliana: I love working in a corporate environment as I like the vast diversity in the people and work. I would love to intern at another bank or financial institution, where I can try a different line of business and experience different company’s cultures before applying to full time positions.