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About Us

Our purpose as a firm is to make financial lives better through the power of every connection. We make life better in other ways, too, being ranked #3 on Fortune’s ‘Change the World’ list of companies driving social change as part of core business strategy. And our commitment to creating satisfying, tailored graduate programs in a friendly environment proves we’re just as focused on the well-being of the individuals who work for us.

“We’ve directed $66B over the last five years towards clients connected to clean energy, energy efficiency, water conservation and sustainable transportation.”

Working from offices in more than 35 countries, our people partner with leading corporate and institutional investors – including almost all of the Fortune 500 – to provide a full suite of financial products and services. We’re proud to be a global leader in corporate and investment banking, sales and trading. And even prouder of ensuring our success is shared with our clients and communities.

Our Asia Pacific team is spread across in 12 markets, connecting Asia to the world and the world to Asia. Our regional footprint covers 12 currencies, more than a dozen languages and five time zones, placing us firmly among the region’s leading financial services companies.

Our Opportunities

We offer a variety of opportunities including insight programs, summer internships, industrial placements/attachments and full-time roles. So wherever you’re up to with your studies – and whatever your skills and ambitions – we can help you build a career on your own terms.

Studying for your first university degree? Our Banking Connections insight program offers a shorter, broader view of our businesses. Rather than being placed in a specific team, you’ll enjoy a tailored program that will help you develop new skills and learn enough about our different opportunities to apply for an internship.

Summer internships typically last 10-12 weeks and attract students in their penultimate year of university who want to start working full time the following year. They’re our primary source of hiring for our full-time graduate programs and a great way to get a taste of what it’ll be like – as well as hone your skills through structured performance evaluations, training, development and social opportunities.

We also offer fixed-term placements such as industrial placements/attachments throughout the year that vary in length depending on business need.

Full-time Analyst and Associate programs are designed for candidates who are ready to start work upon university graduation. The program format varies by business but all offer formal, ongoing training and development opportunities, structured performance evaluations, mentoring support and networking opportunities to supplement your on-the-job learning.

Opportunities for STEM Students

If you have a background in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), you may naturally be gravitating towards one of our tech roles. But did you know we welcome STEM candidates across our banking programmes, too?

On the flip side, we also welcome business students to apply for our Global Technology programme, as not all roles require coding knowledge. All we ask is that you think digitally and thrive on creating the kind of technological innovations that drive our business – and industry – forward.

Global Technology

This 50,000-strong team (and counting) has 3,000 patents pending and delivers technology services that form the backbone of our retail, commercial and institutional businesses.

Global Investment Banking

Investment Banking is part of a team responsible for structuring and underwriting equity and debt transactions that help large corporate and government clients grow.

Global Markets

Working at the centre of the world’s debt and equity markets, the Global Markets team provides sales and trading services, liquidity, hedging strategies, analytics and pricing to more than 9,000 institutional clients.

Global Research

One of the world’s most respected research organizations, the Global Research team provides market insights, research, global trading and financing that helps investors and asset managers achieve their goals.

Employee Profile

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

What persuaded you to work for Bank of America/Bank of America Merrill Lynch?

I was a summer analyst in our Hong Kong Corporate Banking team. During the 10-week internship, I had the opportunity to meet and work with colleagues and seniors from various lines of business and understand the daily job of a corporate banker. Halfway through the internship, I asked for the opportunity to work for different bankers within the team to increase my exposure to the different client sectors, and my manager immediately arranged a rotation for me to achieve this goal. It was then that I realized that here our views and personal development are highly valued by the bank regardless of your level.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Working in the syndicated and leveraged finance team, the most enjoyable aspect of my job is the opportunity to learn and challenge myself every day. Despite having joined this team only a short time ago, I already had the opportunity to learn about different financing solutions and credit facilities (ranging from investment-grade corporate refinancing and complex event-driven financing for different clients). It has been a very steep learning curve and most importantly, the team has provided a lot of support and guidance to me to get up to speed.
I believe that experience on the job is the best way for students to decide if this is truly what they want to do after graduation.

How does the bank support your development?

The bank provides a number of training and mobility opportunities for junior employees to develop and navigate their career. In my first 3 years as an analyst in the Corporate Banking team, I had the opportunity to learn from various coverage bankers on relationship management and build my own relationships with the junior contacts from various corporate clients. As my career progressed, I have had the opportunity to solidify my knowledge in the loan financing area, especially in the more complex and structured transactions, which eventually resulted in my move to my current team.

Do you work in a global team?

Definitely. Driven by the global geographical footprint of our client and thus the cross-border nature of a large number of our deals, I have the chance to work closely with colleagues across Asia, Europe, North America and Latin America as we structure and design the best solution to cater to our clients’ needs.

What advice would you give to students?

I highly recommend students to make use of the various internship opportunities at the bank to prepare for their career. I believe that experience on the job is the best way for students to decide if this is truly what they want to do after graduation. It is only through the interaction with the team and actual experience in the field that students can get a better grasp of the job. As a lot of aspects of banking are not easily gleaned from textbooks or lectures and an internship can help a student determine if they it is a good fit for them.

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How to Apply

To get started with the recruitment process, candidates are required to make an online application via the Bank of America Merrill Lynch application system. Our online application consists of two stages: an application and competency questions, plus a digital interview.

For our Associate level – MBA program applications, please attach your resume and cover letter in one document, and ensure you apply under the name of the educational institution you are currently attending.

Applications for the Banking Connections pre-internship program for Hong Kong and Singapore must also be made online via our events page and include a resume and cover letter.

Industrial attachment recruiting takes place at various times depending on business need and the program typically runs for six months from January to June. More information can be found on our website.

The recruiting process varies depending on the program, location and division of your interest. We encourage you to refer to specific job descriptions for further details and confirmation of deadline dates. We recruit on a rolling basis and strongly encourage you to apply early.

The following details the main application deadlines for APAC programs:

Applications open early August 2019

Events on campus and in our office are posted on our Events page.

Application Deadlines:

Pre-Internship Programs

  • Banking Connections (Hong Kong & Singapore): 1 March 2020

Internship Programs

  • Analyst: 13 October 2019
  • Associate: 17 November 2019

Industrial Attachments
Please also check application dates with your University Careers Service

Full Time Programs

  • Analyst & Associate: 13 October 2019

FAQ and Tips

What are the requirements to be considered for campus opportunities?

Each program has individual requirements. However, to be considered for any program, you must be currently enrolled in a college/university or advanced degree program. If you are not currently enrolled, you can visit for current experienced hire opportunities.

When do internships take place?

Summer internships usually run for 10 weeks between June and August for most locations within Asia Pacific.

Can I defer an offer?

No, Bank of America Merrill Lynch does not offer you the chance to defer.

Do I need coding skills to join your Global Technology team?

Not necessarily. We also welcome students from other majors to join our infrastructure and cybersecurity teams

If I applied last year, can I apply again this year?

Yes, you may submit two applications per year in APAC. If you are declined for the summer program, you can reapply for the Full-time program the following year.

When will I hear from the bank following submission of my application?

We receive a very high volume of applications and endeavor to contact candidates as soon as possible once a decision has been made. You may receive a notification by email or one of our recruiters will contact you to update you on your application. At any point during the process you can log into your account and view the status of your application. Please be aware that email notifications sent from our application system may sometimes go straight to spam folders.

Will I be considered if I don’t currently have work authorization for the country I would like to work in?

All candidates will be considered for summer internships and/or full-time positions however, the bank reserves its right to discontinue, change or modify its procedures and practices with regard to visa sponsorship as its business needs and, as applicable laws dictate per location. Currently, for opportunities in Hong Kong and Singapore, the bank will assist in work sponsorship. For more details or to enquire with regards to a specific country please contact [email protected]

Environmental, Social and Governance

As a firm, we’re committed to growing responsibly and sustainably – ensuring our policies and practices, products and programs align to our purpose of helping people live better financial lives. We believe that part of being a responsible company is helping our communities thrive, and in Asia Pacific we focus our efforts on supporting women and children in need. Through our grants and volunteering, we support non-government organizations that share our goals. We also help drive environmental sustainability initiatives and support the arts to encourage cultural exchange and awareness.

  • In 2018, we helped over 570,000 people directly or indirectly through grants and volunteering.
  • In 2018, our Asia Pacific employees logged over 27,100 volunteer hours.
  • More than US$7.5 million in philanthropic giving to Asia Pacific in 2018
  • We have made a US$125 billion commitment to sustainable business, helping advance the transition to a low-carbon economy through lending, investing, capital raising, advisory services and financial solutions for clients worldwide.

Our Events

We are coming to meet you and we are looking for graduates and summer interns for a wide range of disciplines who can demonstrate energy, drive to succeed and a strong desire to make a difference – is that you?

In case you can’t meet us on campus, we also have online webinars where you can join us virtually.

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