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Finance Internship

The Asian region is growing at a rapid pace, and new businesses are booming. The region has huge amounts of cash flow and investment due to the economic growth in Asia. Countries in the region tend to have larger financial sectors than other nations with similar levels of income.

A finance internship in Asia is sure to bring one of the most valuable experiences you can gain. With practical hands-on engagement, along with an international environment, it will be an exceptional opportunity to advance yourself in the future.

Your internship through Asia Internship Program will be perfectly suited to match your skill-set and interests. Our extensive network of startups, SMEs and large multinational companies, provides us with the resources to find a finance internship that is best suited for you.

Past AIP Finance interns have been involved and worked on the following projects:

  • Assisting in the implementation of new treasury systems and procedures.
  • Working with general ledger accounts and creating annual/monthly/quarterly schedules.
  • Developing and analyzing budgets for various projects and managing client accounts.
  • Researching and summarizing tax legislation changes and creating new relevant financial products and services for the firm.
  • Developing a client base to sell investment products and services.

Note that all AIP interns are given a personal supervisor who will train, monitor and guide you throughout your international internship experience.

Internship tasks will vary from company to company, as well as intern to intern. These are only examples of tasks that were carried out from previous interns.

AIP Finance Internship Scope

Depending on their internship requirements and the available internship positions in our partner companies, prospective interns may work in any of the following (or other) disciplines during their finance internship with AIP:

  • Corporate Finance: Has to do with the planning, acquisition and financing of resources for businesses. Professionals specializing in this discipline are involved with managing the financial resources of non-financial firms.
  • Investments: This finance discipline involves the estimation of the expected return and risk of an investment, as well as the assessment of alternative investment opportunities. This sector caters to both individuals needing to invest their savings, and businesses needing to invest their excess cash, premium payments, etc.
  • Insurance: Insurance or risk management is all about identifying, evaluating, and managing pure risk situations for both businesses and individuals. Insurance typically covers property, life, health, and so on.
  • Financial Institutions: Deal with the management of certain functions executed by employees of financial firms such as insurance companies, credit unions, commercial banks, savings and loans establishments, and so on.
AIP Finance Internship Benefits

In a competitive industry such as finance, an international finance internship, apart from giving you the chance to apply the theories and concepts you have learnt in school, will endow you with necessary “on-the-job” skills because you will get to perform different real-world finance tasks, such as undertaking due diligence, processing credit applications, assisting with marketing audits, generating and analyzing reports, and liaising with different clients.

The skills you will acquire while performing these and other tasks can turn out to be a critical factor in making your future career successful.

Because the financial sector is a diverse one, an internship provides new entrants into the field with the opportunity to explore their interests, discover the areas where their strengths and weaknesses lie, and decide on the best finance discipline to pursue in their future finance career.

In other words, after having worked in different roles and handled different responsibilities during your internship in Asia, you will gain valuable insight and perspective that will help you narrow down your career options in the field.

An internship with AIP will also go a long way towards helping you make important professional connections and develop your network. When you build and maintain good relationships with the professionals at your internship firm, chances are they will be willing to give you glowing references for future jobs when your internship is over

The Role of Finance in an Economy

The roles played by financial systems in any economy are too numerous to discuss in only a few paragraphs. To mention but a few, the financial institutions of a country, such as development banks, fund infrastructure industries whose capital requirements are high; this helps to fuel the economic growth of the country, which, to an extent, is dependent on the quality of its infrastructural facilities.

Again, because businesses and industries are financed by them, financial systems directly or indirectly create employment which, in turn, increases economic activity and domestic trade.

Also, given that ventures are funded or invested in mostly by financial institutions due to the risks involved in doing so, these institutions bring about an increase in venture capital which then helps to boost economic growth. In fact, no economy can thrive without a sound financial system.

The Demand for Finance Professionals Worldwide

As the financial industry continues to evolve as a result of globalization and other factors, companies are scrambling to acquire new finance talent, and this demand for finance professionals will remain on the increase for the foreseeable future.

Actually, employment for occupations in the financial sector is expected to grow 10 percent by 2026, with more than 773,800 new jobs introduced to the marketplace. [1]

Today, with the increase in the number of business investments, companies are beginning to place more focus on cash optimization. As a result, finance professionals who specialize in investments and treasury are highly sought after by such companies.

Other finance professionals in higher demand because they play vital roles in a company’s growth strategy include financial analysts who analyze a company’s financial and investment data, and also estimate future expenditures and revenues; auditors who evaluate existing internal controls, identify business and financial risks as well as assess compliance with government regulations; budget analysts who assist companies with preparing budget reports, monitoring institutional spending and organizing their finances; and controllers who prepare financial reports and statements that summarize and forecast the activity and financial position of a business.

With a 10-year projected demand growth of 15 percent (faster than average) personal financial advisors are also in high demand because many individuals rely on them to understand the health of their finances and make the right personal investment decisions.  

Finance interns at Baker Tilly

Baker Tilly is an independent accountancy and business services firm with the world’s 8th largest network. They won the highly regarded award for Network of the Year for 2016 from the Accountant and International Accounting Bulletin awards. Baker Tilly prides themselves on providing high-quality accounting, assurance, tax, and specialist business advice to privately held businesses and public interest entities. Our interns have enjoyed working with Baker Tilly and being able to gain valuable knowledge from some of the world’s top professionals in the finance industry.

Our process

1. Apply
Click "Apply Now", fill the form and schedule an interview to discuss your dream internship.
2. Interview
During your interview, one of our AIP representatives will ask you questions about your background, past work experiences, internship preferences and goals.
3. Pay Deposit
If you are officially accepted into AIP, you will be asked to confirm your spot in our program with a deposit fee.
4. Placement
Our experienced placement team will match you with your ideal host company and arrange an online interview for you with them.
5. Final Payment
Once your internship has been accepted by yourself and the host company, you will be invoiced for the final payment which will officially confirm your placement.
6. Prepare
After your payment confirmation: For remote internships: We will put you in contact with your host company so that you can start to work right away on your internship. For all the other AIP programs: We will assist you in the visa application process, as well as arranging airport pickup and accommodation (if applicable).
AIPx might be a suitable option for those that are in a hurry. Via AIPx, we will have a confirmed interview for you within 21 working days (The normal process can take up to 8 weeks).
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