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Sample cover letter for Internship position at HSBC


Trading analyst


Dear Sir/Madam,

I am very excited to apply to the Sales & Trading summer analyst role at [Bank name] because I am extremely passionate about the financial markets and actively follow the latest trends in the currency markets with profound interest. The rotational aspect of the program is particularly appealing as I am keen to extend my knowledge about the different asset classes especially Foreign Exchange and commodities whilst experience in the Sales and Trading roles will give me great exposure to the markets.

I am currently a penultimate year student, studying [My subject] at [Harvard Business school (I wish :)]. My rigorous academic training at university has provided me with a very strong background in the mathematical techniques required to successfully synthesise and analyse complex financial data. I believe my leverage in these areas coupled my exceptional analytical, problem solving and technical skills will allow me to make a significant positive contribution as a summer intern.

Additionally my experience in a demanding retail environment has developed my communication and interpersonal skills through successful customer dealings and also taught me how to deal with challenging clients and thrive in a fast paced, high-pressured environment of the trading floor. Furthermore I was a committee member of [ABC] charity weeks and as a result of my creative ideas and strategic decisions [ABC] charity week was able to raise $20,000 on campus and placed ABC 4th nationally. This experience proves my ability to work in a team whilst leading other committee members demonstrates my commitment and leadership skills that are essential to succeed in a rapidly changing environment of the financial markets.

My motivation to apply to [Bank] arises due to its outstanding global reputation and its commitment to developing talent that will be instrumental in shaping my personal development. I am further impressed by Morgan Stanley's recent initiative to buy MSSB from Citigroup which highlights the firm's commitment to increase its client base whilst also strengthening its competitive advantage in the industry. I believe my hunger for the financial markets and the opportunity to learn from highly intellectual employees at [Bank] will enable me to thrive on its meritocratic and collaborative culture and allow me to successfully serve its global clients.

Thank you for your time and interest, I have attached my CV and hope to hear from you soon.

Yours faithfully
[My name]

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