Students Tell: How I Got Finance & Consulting Internships
A group of Hamilton upperclassmen gathered on Feb. 11 to discuss their internship experiences as a part of the “How I Got My Internship” panel series. Each member of the four-person group secured their respective internship through different means, and offered their peers helpful advice on how to get through the process. Two moderators led the informal Q&A session with the panelists who also took questions from the audience at the end.
Nick Mayer ’20, an economics major, was recently accepted in Deutsche Bank’s Corporate Finance Summer Analyst Internship Program for the summer of 2019. He said networking early on at Hamilton was key to securing the internship.
“It’s never too early to start talking to people,” said Mayer. “Deutsche Bank came to campus my freshman year and I got to meet them. I was there whenever they came to campus and they started to recognize me and looked out for me. It’s important to start building a network early on because you never know what opportunities might be available for you down the line.”
Literature major, Julia Reynolds ’19 served as an intermediary distribution intern for State Street Global Advisors, the investment management division of State Street Corporation based in Boston, over the summer of 2018. When it comes to the interview process, she said it’s important to talk about how what it means to be a Hamilton student.
“It’s good to be able to talk about your experiences at Hamilton,” said Reynolds. “Some of the key communications skills you learn here can really make you stand out.”
Hunter Reynolds ’19, an economics major, interned at VDC Research, a technology market intelligence and consulting firm based in Massachusetts, last summer. He served as an enterprise mobility and connected devices research analyst. Reynolds advised that students should always utilize the resources at Hamilton to find available internships all over the world.
“The Career Center is always open to helping students,” said Reynolds. “From writing resumes and cover letters to helping you network and find opportunities, they’re a really valuable resource you should all be using.”
Hamilton offers numerous options for internships, including summer internship funding sources, that provide important ways to explore careers. College funding allows students to take internships in which they otherwise might not be able to afford to participate.
Economics major Karthik Ravishankar ’19 spoke about serving as an analyst for Alvarez and Marsal, a global professional services firm based in New York City, over the past summer. He said he tried to learn as much as possible as he fulfilled a hybrid role for the company through restructuring and traditional investment banking mergers and acquisitions.
“It’s important to be super aware of everything from the moment you walk in the door so you understand what the job entails and the type of environment it’s trying to create,” said Ravishankar. “Just work hard and show people that you care.”