For me, spending time at the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEx) as a summer intern was a real eye-opener. The practical experience I gained, such as handling client communications, providing administrative support for the listing ceremonies and visiting the Qianhai Mercantile Exchange, gave me a good overview of many different roles in finance. I was able to apply my finance knowledge and skills towards my projects at HKEx, and thus gained a much better understanding of market operations. I was also able to gain valuable insights into financial markets through attending seminars and presentations conducted by the management committee of the company. This internship was a great experience, giving me exposure across vertical markets, and the opportunity has strengthened my enthusiasm for pursuing a finance career.