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Sheffield High students win paid internships with HSBC

Three Sheffield High School students have just been awarded paid internships with the multinational bank HSBC. Emily Haimeed, Sophia Rodriguez and Amaka Uchegbu will be working with the bank during July and August at a variety of locations throughout the UK.

Each year, HSBC works with the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) to recruit ten pre-university interns who are offered the chance to complete a period of paid work experience with the bank before starting university. The aim of the programme is to help students to gain vital knowledge of the corporate world, develop their people skills and build links for potential graduate opportunities. If the students do well, they are likely to be offered further internships with the bank while they are at university.

On hearing the news, Sophia said: “I couldn’t be more grateful to be offered a place on such a prestigious internship against such high competition from girls throughout the GDST. It will be an excellent opportunity for me to gain an insight into the finance sector and will hopefully open up many more doors for me in the future, should I choose to pursue this career path.”

Sophia spoke of her hopes that the internship would help her to move into a career in finance. She is currently looking to study maths at university and has already had an offer to read maths at Imperial College. “Internships are so competitive these days,” she added, “and I’m sure that maths fits in well with finance!”

“I’m interested in politics with a view to a career in law,” said Amaka, “and I’m also interested in the legal aspects of business and in how banks work,” she added. “This will be very useful experience for whatever career path I follow.”

Amaka is looking to study politics at university, but is also very interested to discover more about the financial services sector. She is expecting to take up a place at Yale University in Connecticut in the autumn with a view to a career in politics.

All three students recognise that these opportunities offer them a big advantage in their search for a job when they leave university and one of them described the opportunities oiffered by the bank as being extremely useful for those without connections.

No school among the the Trust’s 26 schools has previously had three students receiving internships in one year and the school is extremely proud of this achievement. The students will undertake their internships between 1 July and 16 August.

HSBC Scholarships

HSBC has been working closely with the Girl’s Day School Trust for a number of years, offering scholarships to pupils both on entry to the senior school and also in the Sixth Form. These scholarships cover 100% of the fees. Up to two scholarships are available for entry into Year 7 and there are four HSBC scholarships for entry to the Sixth Form for able girls from state schools who would not normally be able to take up a place.

HSBC scholarship places are awarded on academic merit and are also means-tested. Eligibility for a scholarship is decided on the basis of performance in the school’s entrance / scholarship examination (normally candidates will be within the top 30% of the ability range), a reference from the pupil’s present school and an interview. For Sixth Form scholarships, candidates’ predicted GCSE grades are also considered.

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