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HSBC Product Management and Web3 Remote Externship

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Business Development
Gain product management skills by ideating and developing a fintech product.


In this externship program, students will learn strategic consulting skills to analyze and evaluate challenges from non-profit organizations using consulting frameworks, in an overall effort to help them solve their important problems. Selected individuals will be paired with a specific non-profit organization and dive into their strategic problems, such as development, impact assessment, process improvements, talent engagement, communication, and strategic positioning. Throughout this externship program, professionals from PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) will provide mentorship and coaching.

The Experience

  • Learn about the strategy consulting process and how to help create value for a non-profit client based on their vision and mission
  • Research and develop an understanding of a given field
  • Analyze complex problems ranging from fundraising and development, stakeholder management, impact measurement, as well as use consulting frameworks to help identify problem areas and propose solutions
  • Learn to gather, analyze, and visualize data to inform problem areas and possible solutions
  • Create and deliver a compelling presentation to a non-profit client that incorporates valuable insights, trends, and recommendations


  • Ambitious undergraduate students with an interest in consulting, strategy, and non-profits. This program is for students who would like to understand the consulting profession while generating ideas to help impact non-profit organizations.

Seeking aspiring founders, hackers, and product managers to help design and build the bank of the future, in collaboration with HSBC. 

This remote externship program has been designed by Paragon One in collaboration with HSBC to offer talented students an opportunity to develop and showcase their strategic problem solving, product management, and critical thinking skills by designing the Web3 bank of the future.

HSBC is investing in and deploying technology to improve customer experience, make the bank more efficient and enable its growth priorities. The Global Ventures, Digital Innovation & Partnership group seeks to improve upon HSBC’s approach to innovation by building on foundational capabilities, further scaling existing projects, and applying VC-like commercial discipline to the bank's technology investments.

The Global Ventures, Innovation, and Partnerships team helps to accelerate the development of digital products and services in the bank's key markets, spread across four services:

  • Open: Testing and developing new ideas
  • Catalyst: Supporting projects and ideas to scale
  • Invest: Investing in early-stage technology
  • Accel: Demonstrating new ways of working

During the program, students will conduct research about potential banking solutions using Web3 technology and design a product demonstrating how technology can help HSBC build the bank of the future for its customers.

The Experience

Through the externship, you will have a chance to research, ideate, and develop a product plan with mockups of a banking solution based on Web3 technology. 

Your mission is to reimagine what customers will want next, or how we can improve the way a bank operates, and then prototype these new solutions.

Externs will bridge the gap between technology and business because they understand both the business value of the technology and the technology itself. Breaking down the monolithic structure of banks will enable HSBC to re-imagine its capabilities and processes to deliver innovative products and experiences.

This unique opportunity focuses on the discovery portion of product development. Your goal as an extern will be to understand HSBC’s needs as a bank, familiarize yourself with blockchain / Web3 technology, and ultimately propose new products or strategic initiatives for HSBC.

  • Develop an understanding of different verticals/business units within the consumer banking sector, specifically within HSBC
  • Research blockchain technology and the fintech space to understand the potential benefits and applications for innovative disruptive solutions
  • Learn and implement the product development cycle including persona development, ideation, competitive research, user journeys, and product requirement planning
  • Plan and present a novel solution that disrupts traditional finance and banking using Web3, DeFi, or some other innovative technology solution


We are seeking ambitious bootcamp, undergrad and graduate students and recent grads with a passion for Web3, product, and finance. This program is perfect for students who would be excited to imagine the bank of the future leveraging Web3. This is a global program and applications are open to students from all over the world.


  • Familiarity with Web3 (experience building / using OR strong interest)
  • Familiarity with banking (coursework in econ/finance OR general experience in/understanding of financial industry)
  • Interest in product development OR starting your own company/crypto protocol
  • A passion for solving challenging problems and delivering great user experiences
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • A willingness to work in a fast-paced environment


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Externship Currently Closed
New applications are not currently being accepted.

Externship Currently Closed
New applications are not currently being accepted.

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HSBC was born from one simple idea – a local bank serving international needs. In March 1865, HSBC opened its doors for business in Hong Kong, helping to finance trade between Europe and Asia. Today, HSBC serves around 40 million personal, wealth, and corporate customers worldwide in 64 countries and territories. Inspired by its purpose - Opening up a world of opportunity - HSBC uses its unique expertise, capabilities, breadth, and perspectives to open up new kinds of opportunity for its customers. The bank is bringing together the people, ideas, and capital that nurtures progress and growth, helping to create a better world – for customers, employees, investors, communities, and the planet. The bank has weathered change in all forms – revolutions, economic crises, new technologies – and adapted to survive. The resulting corporate character enables HSBC to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

HSBC is not accepting or considering any applications for this Externship through other channels. Any effort to apply or reach out to HSBC separately will adversely affect a student’s application.