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Sample cover letter for Internship position at HSBC


Commercial Banking



As a second year student at the __, I am writing to express my interest to work for HSBC, preferably in the Hong Kong office. The resources and opportunities that HSBC provides have impressed me. After talking to an investment banker in the HSBC branch in Hong Kong, I have decided to apply for an internship to build more skills for banking and to add value to the team.

I am a lifelong learner. After getting into university, although intended to solely major in business administration, I took classes to learn statistics, probabilities, and even programming because I want to acquire different skills that I need to adapt to this constantly changing world. I took close to the maximum amount of units last semester in my university and was still able to maintain a __ GPA, showcasing my ability to multitask and stay on top of things under pressure. In order to achieve this, I have to prioritize events according to my own initiatives. Similarly, I will always keep in mind the department’s goals and initiatives while making decisions.

Apart from academics, I am working on two research projects, the Edible Schoolyard project, and the Open Innovation and Open Business Models on Electric Vehicles (EV) Markets. These two research projects have given me an opportunity to analyze long lists of data to come up with conclusions. Besides analyzing skills, I have also learned how to skillfully talk to and interview different people, including food educators, EV designers, EV users, and so on. These research opportunities have trained me to think logically, stay calm under pressure, and quickly analyze others’ personalities to adjust my talking style.

I have also been involved with the Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC) as a Legislative Director, where I analyze and write bills, such as the Tech Fee Bill. When needed, I have also reached out to other senators for support in order to ensure that our bills are successfully passed. This position has shaped me as a leader, since I have trained other interns, and helped improve my interpersonal skills by having me build connection with other staff members and senators in different parties.

Given my skills learned in classes, research, extracurricular activities, and my ability to adapt to changing environment, I would appreciate your consideration for a summer internship in 2015 from May to August. I have the education background, academic achievement, experience, and passion to work in a rapidly changing environment and am ready to learn.

Thank you for your time in assessing my qualifications. I would welcome the opportunity to interview with your company whenever possible.


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