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Who we are

About Nomura Group

Nomura is an Asia-headquartered financial services group with an integrated global network spanning over 30 countries. By connecting markets East & West, we service the needs of individuals, institutions, corporates and governments through our four business divisions: Retail, Asset Management, Wholesale (Global Markets and Investment Banking), and Merchant Banking.

Driven by the insights of some 28,000 people worldwide, we put our clients at the center of everything we do, delivering unparalleled access to, from and within Asia.

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Our Wholesale operation services local clients through nine locations in the United States, which represents the largest fee pool in global investment banking. Nomura also operates a boutique investment management firm specializing in high-yield investments.

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Headquartered in London with operations in 17 countries, our EMEA business has over 50 years of experience connecting markets East and West. We provide a wide range of solutions across Global Markets and Investment Banking to our corporate, institutional, government and public sector clients.

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Building on the presence we have established across 15 cities, we are laying the foundation to further expand our retail, wealth management and asset management capabilities in the Asia region where we see long-term economic growth.

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In addition to managing 118 trillion retail client assets and 22% of securities accounts in Japan, we are the country’s largest asset manager by assets under management We also provide a broad range of sales and trading as well as underwriting and advisory services to our clients in Wholesale.

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Our Philosophy

Clients at the center of everything we do

Our priority is to customize solutions that align with clients' strategic interests

We believe in long-term partnerships created uniquely for each client

Long history in Asia

Our experience navigating Asia's cultures and customs is unrivaled

We are deeply rooted in Asia with a global footprint, enabling us to operate seamlessly across borders

Integrated global access

With access to over 30 countries and a presence on major stock exchanges, we connect you to markets East and West

Disciplined entrepreneurship

We seek creative solutions for clients with an acute understanding of the risks involved

Our clients are equipped with a diverse and nimble portfolio placing them well ahead of the market


Our Services


Through our retail network spanning 156 locations, we provide a diverse range of products and consulting services to our retail clients in Japan. Our Wealth Management business in Asia offers highly tailored solutions and advice to help our clients achieve their financial goals.

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Asset Management

Nomura Asset Management services corporate, institutions and governments worldwide through its two main businesses: investment trust and investment advisory. Our goal is to provide our clients the best possible investment performance through a broad range of investment products.

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Global Markets provides sales and trading services in bonds, equities, foreign exchange and derivatives for institutional investors globally. Investment Banking provides underwriting, advisory and risk solutions to corporates, financial institutions and public sector organizations around the world.

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Merchant Banking

Through our principal investment business, we primarily provide equity to clients as a solution for business reorganizations and revitalizations, business succession and management buyouts. Our aim is to respond to our clients' growing need for a wider range of solutions.

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What we do

Built to value ideas

Nomura provides investment banking services across the Asia Pacific region. We have a client-centric model and continue to make significant enhancements to our investment banking platform, global distribution, structuring expertise and product capabilities.

We continue to significantly increase our global footprint where we believe we have a competitive advantage and can best serve our clients, employees and shareholders. By putting our clients at the center of everything we do, we provide high value-added solutions and contribute to economic growth as Asia’s global investment bank.

In Asia ex-Japan, we recruit students and graduates mainly for the following divisions:

Global Markets
Investment Banking
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Our corporate infrastructure is what underpins the success of the entire organization. It is internationally renowned and structured to deliver a world-class client service. We rely on it to build and support the business, helping us deliver innovative financial solutions that set Nomura apart in the global marketplace. In our highly competitive and fast-paced industry, strong infrastructure teams are fundamental to our success. Work in these areas with us and you will operate at the forefront of your field, as well as gaining a valuable insight into how Nomura operates on a global scale.

Corporate consists of 10 diverse divisions that all partner with the business to ensure we run smoothly day-to-day, Information Technology, Operations, Finance, Corporate Communications, Audit, Human Resources, Corporate Services, Corporate Strategy, Legal & Compliance, Risk.


Global Markets

Nomura's Global Markets team services financial institutions, corporates, governments, asset managers and hedge funds around the world. We act as market makers, trading in equity and fixed income securities, including currencies, interest rates and credit in cash, derivatives and structured products.

By leveraging the strength of our intellectual capital, client relationships and technology, we offer best-in-class products across a truly integrated, global cross-asset platform. A recognized leader in Asia with an international network spanning over 30 countries, we are in a unique position to offer a truly East-West service.


Investment Banking

Our Investment Banking Division provides a variety of advisory and capital-raising solutions to corporations, financial institutions, private equity, governments and public-sector organizations around the world. Collaborating across geographies, industries and products, we provide comprehensive and innovative financing, advisory and risk solutions to our clients.


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Investment Banking

Our Investment Banking Division provides a variety of advisory and capital-raising solutions to corporations, financial institutions, governments and public-sector organizations around the world. Our global teams act as geographic, product and industry specialists.

Corporate Finance Advisory: Sector and country coverage professionals are critical in identifying and analyzing deal opportunities and managing client relationships. The ideas generated can have a tremendous impact on a sector.

Global Finance and Capital Raising: Global Finance is a combination of product experts, who are focused on providing tailor-made client solutions in debt or equity financing. The group works closely with Corporate Finance, M&A and Global Markets to originate structure and execute deals across the globe.

We deliver Asia to our clients – accessing deep pools of liquidity and dynamic growth markets, with cross-border collaborations in M&A, DCM, ECM, and solutions businesses.


Global Markets

Nomura's Global Markets Division handles client transactions for financial institutions, corporates, governments and investment funds around the world. We act as market makers, trading in fixed income and equity securities, including currencies, interest rates and credit in cash, derivatives and structured products. We have taken market-leading positions across the globe by leveraging the strength of our talent, client relationships and technology.

By developing strong relationships with our client base through consistent interaction, independent advice and pre-eminent access to Asia, we have built a powerful global franchise across interest rates, currency and credit products. Our client services cover both high-volume flow products and carefully tailored structured solutions. We have adapted to the changing financial landscape to build a client centric focus differentiated by innovation, electronic and service excellence and market-leading derivatives capabilities.


Corporate Infrastructure

Corporate Infrastructure Division is what underpins the success of the entire organization. It is internationally renowned and structured to deliver a world-class client service. We rely on it to build and support the business, helping us deliver innovative financial solutions that set Nomura apart in the global marketplace.

In our highly competitive and fast-paced industry, strong infrastructure teams are fundamental to our success. Work in these areas (Compliance, Finance, Operations or Technology) with us and you will operate at the forefront of your field, as well as gaining a valuable insight into how Nomura operates on a global scale.


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See what opportunities are available to you

Whether you are just entering the industry or an experienced professional looking for your next exciting opportunity, working at Nomura is a unique opportunity to make a difference in the industry in a way that is unprecedented. We have quite a number of roles for which we are currently accepting applications and we invite you to go through our list of global opportunities and send your CV to us.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Programs FAQs
When does the internship start and how long is the duration?

In Asia ex-Japan, we run several internship programs during the year in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore. We may also have non-internship opportunities for students throughout the year, so we would encourage you to check our website regularly for updates.

The duration and timing of our internships is stated in each of the respective postings on our website. Please click here to see our current openings and you will find further details in each of the job descriptions.

Does Nomura provide structured training program at the beginning and during the internship?

First week of the internship will be a firmwide orientation comprised of trainings and overviews of our business structure and strategy. We clearly define all elements of the internship program and what is required for success. Furthermore, you will be provided with on-the-job training throughout the summer and will work closely alongside professionals of all levels. You will also be invited to networking and community affair events which is a great opportunity to connect with others and give back to our society.

Do the internship programs allow rotation across different divisions in the firm?

No, internships are just for one division to ensure a deep dive understanding, extensive training and meaningful work experience.

All investment banks seem to offer similar career paths and training. What makes Nomura different?

Our people (which makes up the culture) is what differentiates Nomura. Nomura will offer you an exciting and stimulating environment where you will find smart, driven individuals from a variety of backgrounds.

What kind of working hours can I expect as an intern?

We enjoy what we do and have a true team spirit and passion for our work. Most interns arrange specific schedules in accordance with the needs of their respective department and are required to be flexible to adjust to it. We do have very strong work ethics at Nomura and continuously strive to raise our standards.

Does Nomura offer any off cycle internship programs?

We offer various internship and other opportunities for students throughout the year. Please click on ‘Search & Apply’ button to view a full list of current opportunities.

How many summer interns are being recruited for the current year?

While we do have hiring targets, intern intake varies across divisions each year. We may hire more or less than the targeted number depending on the fit of the candidates each year.

How many full time conversions are made in each division after the summer program?

This varies across locations and divisions and depends on the performance of individual interns. Our summer intern program is a key pipeline for us as we rely predominately on intern conversion for our full time program hires.

Is the internship paid?

Yes, you will be paid during the internship. Our remuneration is competitive and is reviewed annually to ensure it remains competitive.

Application Process FAQs
Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible for our summer internship in 2021, you must be in penultimate year of study (i.e. graduating no earlier than January 2022, and no later than July 2022).

When can I start applying for the 2021 internship opportunities?

Our system has now been opened for applications. The application deadlines various for different divisions. Please refer to the respective job description.

Can I apply for internship/ graduate program in more than one division?

You can only apply for one program per recruitment cycle across all divisions and regions.

Can I apply for summer internship/ graduate program outside of Asia?

Yes, you can apply for programs in other regions. However, you can only apply for one program per recruitment cycle across all divisions and regions. Therefore it is important to understand which business area would best match your skill set and interests. We will expect you to be able to discuss your choice, and show both enthusiasm for, and knowledge of the role. If you are unsuccessful in an application, you are unable to reapply to that vacancy during the same application year.

I have applied before. Can I reapply?

Yes, you can reapply for our program however you will need to go through the selection and assessment process.

I haven't completed a previous internship, should I still apply?

Internships offer great exposure but any form of work experience demonstrates work ethics and time management so it should all be included in your resume. Nomura looks for well-rounded individuals and so, evidence of academic excellence, work experience and extra-curricular interests, all combined together to help in our assessment.

I have applied for a number of internships and would like to experience different firms. If I accept an internship with another bank, does that reduce my chances of working with Nomura?

Yes, if you wish to work for Nomura upon graduation we encourage you to intern with us. The majority of our full time roles are filled via internships.

Can I apply for an internship or graduate position via email or post?

We only accept online applications. Please visit us at

My degree is not finance related. Can I still apply?

While we do look for strong business acumen and a real interest in finance industry, it is not mandatory and we do accept applications from other disciplines.

How much financial knowledge experience is expected?

We expect our applicants to have a good general knowledge regarding what is happening in the financial markets around the world. Additionally, some divisions also look for strong understanding of economics.

I'm an overseas/ international student. Can I still apply?

For Hong Kong based internship, we will consider all qualified candidates, regardless of citizenship and visa status. For internships based in our Singapore and Sydney office, you must be a local citizen or permanent resident to apply.

What requirements and screening process are used during the selection process?

Shortlisted candidates undertake a structured selection process, which will include a combination of the following: phone and / or video interviews. Final round assessment may comprise of a combination of interviews, case study and written test. The process may vary between hiring divisions.

How can I stand out during the interview process?

It is important for you to thoroughly research our firm and industry sector. Ask questions and be honest in your answers. It is also beneficial to assess your own strengths and weaknesses. More importantly – Be yourself.

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Application Process

You will need to apply through our online application form. We will also ask you to upload a CV and cover letter. We accept applications from all degree disciplines - although you will need a minimum 2.1 degree (or equivalent). While your degree subject doesn't matter, you must be numerate, have an interest in finance and a desire to work in the investment banking industry.

Filling in the form

The application form is your chance to make a strong first impression. Before completing it, make sure that you:

  • Research the business area that you feel best corresponds to your skill set and interests, and your motivation for applying to this area.
  • Tailor your cover letter to Nomura. Be original.
  • Check your grammar and spelling carefully before you submit your application.
  • Have good examples of our core competencies, such as leadership, academic achievement, national and school-specific awards and work experience.

Once you have submitted your application, it will be reviewed by Campus Recruitment team and the business and, if you are shortlisted, you will be invited to attend a first round interview.

You will typically have 2 or 3 first round interviews with junior business representatives. Interviews are generally competency-based. Successful candidates will be shortlisted for further interviews with senior business representatives (Executive/Managing Director). Interviews may contain competency based questions but you should also expect technical questions and be prepared to explain your interests and motivations. Interviews may be conducted face to face or via telephone or video conference. You may also be interviewed in a language other than English, depending on the location and business you have applied for.

You should be prepared to answer questions relating to our competencies:

  • Trusted Partner
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Teamwork – Collaboration
  • Teamwork – Influence
  • Integrity
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Interview Tips

There is no need to be nervous at interview - we want you to do well and to show us your potential and what you can do. Preparation is essential and well prepared candidates are more confident, provide more thorough and focused answers and are therefore more likely to be successful.

Use our step by step guide to ensure you take the time to prepare wisely; the key is to ensure your preparation is carefully planned and focused.

Step 1 - Focus: structure and prepare

Preparing for, and being interviewed is similar to sitting an exam; you won’t have time to cover everything, instead you will need to identify the key points and focus on the relevant material.

Firstly, you should congratulate yourself in being selected for interview stage and have confidence in your ability. Then, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. What will the interviewers want to know?
    • An interview is not an opportunity to divulge everything you know- instead you need to focus on what is relevant to the company and the position you’re applying for
    • To identify what is most relevant, you will need to fully understand the role, it’s requirements and the key skills and competencies required
  2. How are you going to sell yourself?
    • What is your unique selling point? I.e. what sets you apart from the competition?
    • How do you want the interviewers to remember you after the interview – what key points do you want them to recall?
  3. How will you be assessed?
    • You can’t start your preparation until you know what you are preparing for
    • Read the interview format thoroughly to identify how you will be assessed (i.e. Interviews, case study exercises, and tests). If you’re unsure – ask.
  4. What are the core competencies required for the role?
    • Your interview performance and ultimately if you are successful or not, will be dependent on how you perform against core competencies
    • Identify what are the key competencies required for the role and for the company
    • What examples do you have to demonstrate each competency? Have you considered examples outside academia (i.e. sports, music, drama, volunteering, charity, mentoring, societies or other extracurricular activities)
    • What achievements are you most proud of and why – which competency do they demonstrate?

Step 2 – Interview questions: types and examples

Interviewers will use a variety of questions to assess your ability against each competency. Ensure you are familiar with each type of question and how to structure your answers accordingly.

Types of interview questions may include:

  • Competency based questions
    • These require you to provide a real life example to explain how you behaved in a certain situation. Past behaviour is used as an indicator to assess potential future performance
    • Delivering a structured answer is crucial - research the STAR method to guide you
    • Top Tip: Ensure your examples are varied and recent (the more recent the past behaviour; the greater the indication of future ability)
  • Technical questions
    • Practice! There are many online resources or books available with practice questions
    • Questions may include basic accounting, valuation, brain teasers and mental arithmetic
    • Top tip: Brain teasers – the key is not the answer; it is the how you derive at the answer. The interviewer is assessing your ability to formulate a logical and methodical response
  • CV, cover letter and application questions
    • Ensure you have thoroughly re-read each document and identify any obvious questions
    • Top tip: Practice articulating your experience in a concise and structured manner out loud (it doesn’t always sound the same as when you practice in your head).
  • Industry related questions
    • Interviewers will assess your interest, understanding and industry knowledge
    • Top tip: Form an opinion – digest the information you read and form your own judgment. Use facts and statistics to back up your conclusions

Examples of interview questions

  1. Tell me about yourself

    This is one of the most popular interview questions. It allows the interviewer to assess how you react in an unstructured situation and you answer provides an insight to what you think is most important.

    Tip – focus on what will be of most interest to the interviewers. Ensure your answer is structured, brief and highlights your most important achievements. Follow up questions may include:

    • Why did you choose your place of study?
    • What courses have you most / least enjoyed and why?
    • Talk me through your internship experiences
    • What are you interests and hobbies (outside academic)?
    • What are the most important things to you in a job?
  2. Why banking?

    We look for people who have a strong interest in investment banking. Interview Questions will determine how motivated you are and your rationale behind your decisions.

    • Why do you want to work in investment banking?
    • What do you think an Analyst does on a typical day?
    • Why are you interested in this division?
    • Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?
    • Explain the financial crisis
    • If I gave you a million dollars today, how would you invest your money?
    • Which business publications do you read and why?
  3. Why Nomura?

    We want to employ graduates who are passionate about joining Nomura and representing our brand.

    • Why do you want to work for Nomura?
    • What differentiates us from our competitors?
    • What is the share price of Nomura today?
    • What do you hope to get out of a job?
    • What other banks are you interviewing with?
  4. Why you?

    Your interviewer’s want to understand what sets you apart from the competition - sell yourself.

    • Why should we hire you?
    • What skills have you got that make you suited to the role?
    • What are your strengths/development areas?
    • What is your greatest achievement and why?
  5. General – competency questions

    Show us proof that you are the kind of graduate we are looking for. Give concrete examples from any aspect of your life that show where you have personally made a difference.

    • Tell me about a time when you were creative
    • Tell me about a time when you had to manage conflicting priorities
    • Tell me about when you have missed an important deadline
    • What has been your biggest failure, professional or personal - and what did you learn?
    • Describe an occasion when you have had difficulties working in a team
    • What is the biggest risk you have ever taken?
    • How would you deal with a difficult client that puts you under pressure?
    • If a client told you that they wanted to improve their portfolio performance in the next 12 months, what would you suggest as potential strategies

Step 3 - Research

There are a number of readily available resources to help you prepare. Make sure you fully utilise all resources available to you. These may include:

  • Online resources: Company website, press releases, annual reports, research publications, social media and online forums
  • School career services and recruitment events
  • Networks – academic Staff, alumni, peers, family and friends – even if they do not have a financial services background, they can help you practice questions

Step 4 – Your questions

An interview is a two way process. It is an opportunity for you to assess if the company, role and culture is right for you. You will be given time to ask questions at the end of the interview, so you should ensure you use this time wisely.

  • Plan questions to ask in advance - ensure they are relevant, well-thought-out and to the point
  • Show you’ve done your research and use the opportunity to demonstrate your interest

Step 5 – Plan the interview day

Preparing as much as possible in advance of your interview day will remove many of the inevitable nerves associated with the process.

  • Before the interview:
    • Dress professionally. Plan you outfit the day before and ensure you wear corporate attire
    • Be Punctual. Plan your route and account for delays in public transport
    • Aim to arrive 15 minutes before your interview start time. Contact us if problems arise and ensure you have noted the name and contact details of who to contact should this happen
    • Take a notebook, a pen (that works) and a calculator. Take a copy of your CV and application form
    • Remember: Be polite to everyone you meet, your interview begins as soon as you walk through the door of the building ore recent the past behaviour; the greater the indication of future ability)
  • During the Interview:
    • Ensure your mobile phone is turned off
    • Greet your interviewer(s) with a firm handshake. Remember their name(s)
    • Maintain eye contact with your interviewer(s) and be aware of your body language – sit upright, don’t fidget and smile!
    • Listen carefully to questions you are asked. If you are unclear about anything, ask for clarification
    • Be honest. Back up your answers with real examples. If you exaggerate or lie it will show up in pre-employment checks
    • Relax - whether you are successful or not, the interview is a valuable learning experience. Make sure you get something out of it.
    • Close the interview – thank your interviewer for their time. If you’ve enjoyed the experience and you look forward to hearing about the next steps – tell us
  • After your Interview:
    • Be responsive. Following the interview, go back to your recruiter and continue to build a relationship
    • If you are offered a position it is unprofessional to renege (to accept and then later decline). This could be the first impression you create in the industry - you never know what the future holds
  • If your interview is virtual:
    • Stay in a private room with minimal disturbance
    • Be aware of the background that interviewers may see
    • Position your camera at eye level and ensure sufficient lighting
    • Log in in advance and have a trial where possible
    • Have your mobile phone next to you in case there is technical issue
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