Quantitative Finance

Summer Associate

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Placement and duration

The intensive 10-week program is designed to help you explore opportunities in MSSM as well as the activities of the various teams within Sales & Trading. You will be assigned to a specific team and work closely with accomplished professionals on a series of substantive projects. MSSM Summer Associates are placed either in a specific group in Trading, Banking or Sales as a Strat, or within a specific project-based team such as Modeling. Throughout the Program, Summer Associates benefit from individual coaching and continuous feedback, enabling you to maximize your opportunities and understand what a long-term career with the Firm entails.

Training program

The Program features market knowledge training, desk placement projects within equity and fixed income products, management presentations, workshops, networking events and regular review meetings. After the initial training period, you will begin on the desk, and at the conclusion of the summer, you will present certain projects to senior executives.

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Throughout the summer, you will assume the responsibilities of a Full-time MSSM Associate, in one of the following roles:

  • Desk Strategists create models and strategies the desk will use to drive trading decisions, analyze and manage the risk of the positions currently on the books. They also create pricing and marking models, and trader-efficiency tools.
  • Market Modelers enhance Morgan Stanley's ability to manage risk and generate profits through mathematical finance to create effective valuation and hedging models. They will also develop and analyze investment and trading strategies.
  • Core Analytics develops domain-specific languages, algorithms, analytic libraries and tools to specify, value, trade and process financial positions.

Qualifications/ Skills/ Requirements

  • You are a PhD/MFE penultimate year student with expertise in Mathematics, Financial Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Quantitative Finance or Computer Science.
  • You have a genuine interest in and understanding of the Asian financial markets.
  • You are fluent in both written and verbal English; Asian language skills are advantageous.
  • You have strong programming skills.
  • You are results-focused, collaborative, and possess the drive to work in an intense, team-oriented environment.


Morgan Stanley London

In 1977, Morgan Stanley opened its European headquarters in London, where it now has over 5,000 staff. Morgan Stanley is one of the preeminent financial services firms in the UK, with longstanding client relationships and a leading role in many landmark transactions. Our professionals value individual intellect as much as teamwork. We offer nimble, innovative services and products tailored to our clients’ needs.

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Application Process & Deadlines

Students must apply online at www.morganstanley.com/campus. Please refer to job advertisement for application deadlines.

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