Internships

Real responsibilities

Whether you are a student looking to enter the financial industry or an aspiring entrepreneur, this is an opportunity to be close to the action.

Internships are structured into 3- and 6-month durations, based in either Beijing (for China) or Singapore (for Southeast Asia). 12-month internships are exclusively for NUS Overseas Colleges applicants.

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Chia Yingwen
Analyst Intern, Summer 2017
First job upon graduation: KPMG

 B.ACBS. (Hons) (Double Degree in Accountancy and Business). Dean’s List and recipient of Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA) Scholarship. Nanyang Technological University

Accounting for results

Yingwen joined as an analyst intern and was promptly placed in charge of the accounting and audit of a group holding company that Quest Ventures was working with.

“I was entrusted with significant responsibility from the start. I was able to apply theory to practice and as such my appreciation of accounting increased dramatically. My internship at Quest Ventures provided me many opportunities to apply theories to actual cases.

He coordinated with the finance departments and consolidated the financial reports of subsidiaries in the group. He optimised old processes and created new ones for the on-going reporting requirements that stakeholders required.

Emphasizing the importance of our relationships with strategic partners, his work with us took him to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Khor Qianyi
Analyst Intern, Winter 2016
First job upon graduation: Quest Ventures

B.Sc. (Hons) in Quantitative Finance. NUS Undergraduate Scholarship. National University of Singapore

Creating impact

Qianyi joined as an analyst intern via the NUS Overseas Colleges programme, and took charge of the proposal, due diligence and eventual award of a Singapore government-backed funding scheme to Quest Ventures.

Quest Ventures’ open environment and varied business lines created an opening for me to push for more focus on impact investing. This eventually materialized in our Environmental, Social & Governance initiative.

She drove the creation of a new business unit for social good, in which a deliberate focus was on impact investment aligned with the United Nations Social Development Goals. She also continued to drive our work in the Greater Mekong Subregion through local and international agencies, and anchored our presence in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Emphasizing the importance of our relationships with strategic partners, her work with us took her to Bangkok, Thailand; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Batam and Jakarta, Indonesia; Seoul, South Korea; Manila, The Philippines; and Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

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Jasmine Toh
Analyst Intern, Winter 2015
First job upon graduation: Quest Ventures

B.Soc.Sci. (Hons with Distinction) in Economics. Dean’s List and recipient of Temasek Foundation Scholarship. National University of Singapore

Driving key initiatives

As an analyst intern via the NUS Overseas Colleges programme, Jasmine was first posted to Beijing, China to be on secondment with a portfolio company, where she took charge of the public relations of the company and managed partners in China and in the US.

Quest Ventures expanded my horizons with new theories to learn, practical skills to acquire, and the importance of EQ. Even as an intern, I took part in many business trips in China, Southeast Asia and the US, and participated in high-level conferences, senior meetings and confabs.

Upon her return to Singapore, she guided new interns, managed the portfolio, administered a Singapore government-backed funding scheme, and managed our co-working space (which had by then anchored Quest Ventures as the largest tenant at JTC LaunchPad @ one-North).

Emphasizing the importance of our relationships with strategic partners, her work with us took her to Bangalore, India; Hangzhou, Zhejiang; Guangzhou, Guangdong; and Tianjin, China; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Bali and Jakarta, Indonesia; and Silicon Valley.

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Valencia Lim
Analyst Intern, Summer 2014
First job upon graduation: Ministry of Trade & Industry

B.Soc.Sci. (Hons with Distinction) in Political Science & University Scholars’ Programme. Dean’s List and recipient of multiple awards, including the NUS Undergraduate (Merit) Scholarship & DUO-Singapore Exchange Fellowship. National University of Singapore

Cross border promotion

Seconded to a Quest Ventures’ portfolio company, Valencia was instrumental in getting the product launch done right, working long hours in the cold winter season to do so, and earning the respect and love of her colleagues at the same time.

My time with Quest Ventures provided the breadth and depth of exposure that I don’t think I would have gotten in any other firm. The strategic work I was trusted to do across marketing, operations and business development in both China and Singapore gave me a strong indication of how exciting – and how tough – the world of entrepreneurship can be!

She analysed the trends in the tourism industry and translated them into actionable strategies for tapping into the wave of cross border activities, which resulted in improved targeting, increased traffic and an uplift in transactions.

In operations, she brought delegations to cities in China and introduced companies in similar fields to them as case studies, also facilitating networking and business expansion opportunities. Her work with us took her to Tianjin and Hangzhou, Zhejiang.

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Chloe Chuah
Associate Intern, Winter 2014
First job upon graduation: Accenture

LL.M. with Distinction, University of Pennsylvania Law School
M.Sc. in Finance and Strategy, Sciences Po Paris
B.A. First Class Honors in Interdisciplinary Studies in History, Law, Economics, Political Science. Graduated Cum Laude (Top 5%). Sciences Po Paris

Executing difficult projects

As a winter associate intern, Chloe assisted a foreign hardware startup targeting the China market with its negotiation with a manufacturer in Qingdao, Shandong, China. She led negotiations and helped the startup navigate rules, both spoken and unspoken, to successfully conclude a partnership that was beneficial to all parties.

It was an amazing 4 months with Quest Ventures in China. Every day was different and the multitude of projects I worked on provided me with many perspectives on how business is done in China and in venture capital.

Based in Beijing, Chloe actively took part in tech conferences in the city and represented Quest Ventures at many events. She also undertook due diligence and planned and executed projects in cities such as Xi’an, Shaanxi, and Hangzhou, Zhejiang.

Chloe created the framework for the fund’s engagement with a non-governmental organisation and structured it in compliance with local laws and to the satisfaction of all parties – colleagues and external parties including entrepreneurs, corporations and partners throughout China, the United States and Southeast Asia.

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Anna Hsieh
Public Relations Intern, Summer 2013
First job upon graduation: Financial Times

B.A. in Journalism, Tsinghua University
Top scholar Taiwan cohort

Crafting our message

Anna took our marketing channels and optimised them with a combination of social networks and traditional media. She worked with both large and small event organisers for visibility creation which resulted in Quest Ventures and our portfolio participating in many major technology conferences in China.

Once I have proven myself in small projects, the autonomy given to me for major engagements was amazing and reflective of the trust given to everyone regardless of their full-time or intern status. I engaged with major media outlets and partners, and had the opportunity to travel within China while doing so. I grew professional considerably during the internship.

Working with foreign media and national media such as China Central Television, Quest Ventures’ perspectives on venture capital were highlighted in many instances.

As the top Taiwanese scholar, Anna was invited to participate at cross-border conferences promoting ties between Taiwan and Mainland China, during which technology, innovation and startups were key themes highlighted as major forms of collaboration, dating back to the days of semi-conductor manufacturing.

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See Wei Jie
Analyst Intern, Winter 2012
First job upon graduation: ExxonMobil

Bachelors in Business Management (Honors), Finance. Graduated Summa Cum Laude. Dean’s List and recipient of multiple scholarships, including Best Student for Business Law. Singapore Management University

Creating thought leadership

Wei Jie felt that Quest Ventures had many primary and secondary sources of data that were retained internally for analysis but which could also be added with our perspective and released to the public to demonstrate our thought-leadership.

I chose to focus deeply into one area and was given autonomy to craft the research. With regular inputs from the partners and frequent interactions with the ecosystem, it became clear to all of us that this report would become the catalyst for tech startups. On hindsight, my internship with Quest Ventures in China was the best internship decision I took.

He was instrumental in the preparation of such a report on the Chinese startup incubation scene. This report was completed outstandingly, resulted in a public launch, and shaped the company’s strategy for working with incubators.

Looking for data to formulate what would become the Zhongguancun Chuangyedajie (Zhongguancun Innovation Street), the Beijing municipal government included Quest Ventures as a member of the steering committee for innovation and entrepreneurship efforts. Beijing’s efforts were subsequently quickly emulated by the rest of the country.

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Clarissa Chua
Analyst Intern, Summer 2012
First job upon graduation: Jones Lang Lasalle

B.Sc. in Real Estate (Honors) with Minor in Technopreneurship, National University of Singapore

No Quest Ventures without her

As a year-long analyst intern via the NUS Overseas Colleges programme, Clarissa was put through a two-phase training programme with the first half handling projects related to international (non-China) investments, and the second half on internal (China) projects.

This was an unforgettable journey. On my second week at work, I was already representing the company in a delegation to Caofeidian, Hebei. Looking back, I wasn’t sure how I survived given the many tasks assigned to me. Yet despite the busy schedule, we found time for fun and build long-lasting relationships with colleagues. Team-building getaways such as trips to the Great Wall were just awesome!

She took on responsibilities such as deal-sourcing, case analyses and preliminary due diligence. As the first intern we hired, she was instrumental in shaping HR policies on hiring and staff benefits.

She was key to the setting up of our new office and incubation/ co-working space which resulted in Quest Ventures becoming the first venture capital firm to move into Zhongguancun, the Silicon Valley of China, during a period when most other VCs were situated in the financial or central business districts.

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