Morgan Stanley
Firm Strategy and Execution

Corporate Strategy & Development Summer Associate

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placement and duration

The 10-week Corporate Strategy & Development Summer Associate program takes place at Morgan Stanley’s Asia Pacific headquarters in Hong Kong. Summer Associates will have the opportunity to support the Firm’s senior management in the development and execution of critical corporate initiatives and business decisions. They can expect to develop advanced problem-solving skills, strategic thinking, and a deeper understanding of Morgan Stanley’s businesses in the region as well as the broader financial services industry.

training program

This intensive 10-week program begins with a Firm-wide orientation to Morgan Stanley’s businesses. Your training will continue throughout the summer with on-the-job training and one-on-one sessions run by senior executives. Similarly, you will have many opportunities to interact with peers and senior colleagues through a series of networking, social, charity and mentoring events.


As a Corporate Strategy & Development Summer Associate, you will help drive the analysis and strategic thinking behind key decisions and discussions around the Firm’s top priorities. You will have different responsibilities subject to the projects you may be involved in, which typically include:

  • Evaluating market trends, emerging challenges/opportunities, and regulatory developments to develop strategic insights and implications for Morgan Stanley businesses  

  • Conducting analyses such as financial modeling or company valuation to support the execution of the Firm’s strategic initiatives such as, acquisitions or divestures

  • Partner with team members from different business units / functions to help drive forward business initiatives

  • Prepare presentations and accompanying supplementary materials for external and internal conferences for the Firm’s senior management

Qualifications/ Skills/ Requirements

  • You are a first-year MBA student with outstanding academic standing and professional achievement in prior work experiences 
  • You have a track record of leadership in an academic, professional, or extra-curricular setting
  • You have exceptional analytical and quantitative problem-solving skills, and have the ability to review and synthesize complex information and form independent judgments
  • You have a strong work ethic and work effectively in a team environment
  • You have outstanding communication skills and are able to convey complex ideas effectively and confidently, both verbally and in writing, to a senior audience
  • You have excellent interpersonal skills, and are able to form effective working relationships with people at all levels
  •  You have the ability to manage multiple projects, meet competing deadlines, and handle high-pressure situations
  • You are culturally sensitive, adaptable, with a high level of maturity and sharp attention to detail
  • You strive for excellence and exhibit the highest ethical standards
  • Fluency in English is required; fluency in Mandarin is preferred


Morgan Stanley Hong Kong

The Hong Kong office is Morgan Stanley’s regional headquarters for the Asia Pacific region. Since first operating in Hong Kong in 1987, Morgan Stanley has expanded to offer its complete range of products and services to clients across the region, including institutional securities, corporate finance and advisory, private wealth management and investment management.

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Application Process and Deadline

The deadline for applications is Sunday, February 16, 2020. To apply please submit your CV and Cover Letter online at If shortlisted, you will be invited to interview with some of our senior executives within Firm Management.

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