APPLY NOW! 2018 Standard Chartered Bank International Graduate (IG) Programme

The Standard Chartered International Graduate Programme is the bank’s way to attract the most sought after graduates in the world and cultivate their talents through a year-long, immersive, collaborative, global experience. In other words, Standard Chartered Bank want to show you the world, so that you can make your mark on it.


For Standard Chartered Bank Graduate roles, you must have an undergraduate degree and be eligible to work permanently in the country that you are applying to. If you are applying for a role in the UAE, they may consider applications from nationals of Middle East and North African countries.

For Standard Chartered Bank Internships, you must be in your second to last year of study to apply. They will accept applications from final year students who are required to complete mandatory National or Military Service after graduation.  To apply for an Internship position, you must have the legal right to work in the country for which you are applying for the full duration of the internship (student visas or holiday work passes are allowed, provided they are valid for the duration of the internship). They are unable to apply for work permits for any Internship.

As English is the business language of Standard Chartered across the world, you need to be able to speak business-level English to apply for Standard Chartered Bank opportunities. Being able to speak more than one language is also an advantage.

Required IG Programme Structure

The IG Programme is 12 months in length, including 10 months of required rotations, 5 weeks of induction and up to 2 weeks of annual leave. Deployment into permanent roles will begin in June.

Global Structure – All Streams

Rotation Structure by Stream

Transaction Banking
Retail Banking
Wealth Management
Commercial Banking
Corporate & Institutional Banking Clients and Corporate Finance
Financial Markets


IGs must complete all mandatory rotations before moving into their permanent roles. The deployment process starts in June.

IGs are expected to follow through on the commitment to the business stream or function they choose when they joined the Bank.

IGs may be promoted to global Grade 7 on deployment if they have successfully completed all the programmatic elements of the IG Programme by 31 July 2018. These elements will be described in detail at the IIP. IGs should be in their permanent roles no later than September 1, after which time IGs will be move to respective business cost centers.

Application Process

There are a few steps to the application process.
Below should help you understand what you’ll need to prepare for each stage:

  1. Short application form

    When you complete the online form, you’ll need to include:

    • References
    • Educational experience
    • Work or volunteering experience and dates
    • A personal statement:
      • What you’ll bring to the role
      • Why SCB is your preferred choice. What makes us different?
      • Skills and experiences from your studies that you’ll bring to your role with Standard Chartered
      • Specifics of your work, volunteering or community experience that you’ll bring to your role with Standard Chartered
  2. Online strengths assessment

    This is a personality test that helps both you and us assess whether you’re a good fit for the role. There are no right or wrong answers to these questions, just be yourself and answer truthfully.

  3. Numerical and abstract reasoning tests

    The aptitude tests help us match your ability to the right role. The tests will get progressively more challenging based on your answers and should only take 12-15 minutes.

  4. Video interview

  5. The first time we meet you will be via an online video interview. We’ll talk about your application and your strengths.
  6. Face-to-face interview

    The first time we meet in person will be with the graduate team at your local Standard Chartered offices.

  7. Face-to-face business interview

    When you’re through to the final stage, you’ll interview with the people you’ll be working with. They’ll already be working in the stream you applied for.

Application Resources

Practice cases

Interview tips

Because we believe in diversity, we won’t ask everyone the same question. Instead, we’ll get to know you to understand if you’re the right fit for us and we’re the right fit for you.

Things you’ll need to prepare for your interview:

  • Remind yourself of what’s in your application, we’ll start with questions about your experience
    Always be yourself – we want get to know who you are
  • Tell us exactly why you want to work with us
    Be confident. Tell us your passions, what you hope to achieve from the role and what you’ll do afterwards
  • Demonstrate what you (and only you) will bring to the role
    This is your opportunity to stand out. Tell us a story or an experience that challenged you and how you overcame that challenge. This doesn’t have to be finance related.
  • Questions you’d like to ask us
    Ask us anything. We love hearing your questions about the role and the company.

Reading material

To prepare for your application and interview, get to know what the Standard Chartered Graduate scheme stands for and where you can apply your skills:


To prepare for my interview I recorded myself giving my elevator pitch. The first one was painful to watch but by the tenth time I’d refined it well.

– Successful IG 2016

Ready to apply? Please be reminded that you are limited to 1 application, for 1 stream.

Not sure which stream is the best fit for you?

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