Student opportunities

We offer a range of options for students who are currently at university, whether you are in your first, penultimate or final year of your undergraduate or postgraduate course.

You could join one of our global internship programmes, explore local, market-specific opportunities or apply for one of our entry-level roles. In some locations we also run schemes for school or college students.

Global internships

Our internship opportunities will give you first-hand experience of what a career at HSBC is like. Lasting between one and sixteen weeks, there’s a variety of internships that will help you explore what you may want to do long term. We’re looking for the future talent of our business – those who want to add their voice, motivation and dedication to our teams and learn crucial skills in a fast-moving, customer-focused environment.

We’re looking for students with the curiosity to approach challenges in new ways and the motivation to hit the ground running. The selection process will give you the chance to experience what it’ll be like to work in your chosen business area and, at the same time, help us to decide whether you will be the right fit. You can find more detail on how the selection process works, on our Application hints and tips page.

We select people on a first-come, first-served basis – so if you’re interested, apply as early as possible before the positions are filled. If you complete your global internship successfully, you’ll have the opportunity to automatically be considered for a place on one of our global graduate programmes. If you’re interested in joining one of our graduate programmes after you finish university, visit our Graduate opportunities page to find out more.

Local programmes

In addition to our global internships, in some countries and territories we also offer local, market-specific programmes for university students. Please note that these local programmes do not lead directly to a place on one of our global internships or graduate programmes – although you’ll be free to apply if you wish to.

Entry-level roles

Alternatively, you may want to move straight into a full-time job. If you’d like to work in a customer service role in one of our branches or contact centres, want to join one of our operational teams around the world or would like to explore the many other opportunities we offer, use our job-finder tool further down this page.

School or college students

HSBC doesn’t currently offer global work experience programmes, although in some countries and territories we run locally advertised schemes. In the UK, these include our UK Foundation and Degree Apprenticeships and our UK Work Experience Programme.

Global Banking and Markets

We provide tailored financial solutions to major governments, corporates and institutions worldwide. Our relationship managers and product specialists draw on HSBC’s wide geographic reach and deep local knowledge to develop services that meet clients’ individual needs.

Commercial Banking

Our business covers the developed and developing markets that matter most to our customers. Our teams connect businesses to opportunities, helping them to thrive and grow.

Global Private Banking

We are a global community around the world, who help high-net-worth individuals and their families to grow, manage and preserve their wealth. We work closely with our other global businesses to provide seamless advice and support that meets the full range of our customers’ personal and commercial needs.

Retail Banking and Wealth Management

Our job is focused on finding innovative products and services to meet our customers’ financial needs. Whether it’s through our branches, self-service terminals, telephone services or digital banking, we are dedicated to building long-term relationships with our diverse customers based in every corner of the world.

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