Students Share Finance Internship Advice
Posted on Friday, October 12, 2012
Entering into the financial industry can be tough, but six Hobart and William Smith students are making it a little easier for their fellow students by offering insight during a panel titled "How to Get an Internship in Finance" on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Trinity 305.
Providing insight into possible careers in finance and their firsthand accounts of their internships at several prominent financial institutions, the panelists will offer advice in landing a coveted seat in the financial industry. The students have said they will discuss: what they wish they'd known when they applied, what mistakes interns should avoid, and what might give internship candidates an edge.
All good advice that will give them a better understanding of what an internship entails, says Stephanie Annear, assistant director for the Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development.
Annear stresses that the panel is open for everyone. "Often our most successful students in finance have a major that sets them apart from the competition," she says. "In finance there are jobs for analytical students, good communicators, students with strong sales skills - competencies that students can develop in every major or club at HWS."
The panelists include: Jonathon Lawless '13, who interned at J.P. Morgan; Courtney Cytryn '14, who interned at Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Harry Radovich '13, who worked at Dealerweb and Crusader Capital Management; Christopher Swan '13, who worked abroad at The Royal Bank of Scotland; Kylie Hart '13, who interned with Pershing / BNY Mellon; and Ryan Corcoran '13, who worked at General Electric Company.
Cytryn, a double major in economics and political science, said the internship allowed her to discover her career path.
"These opportunities of getting to meet and talk to people in the field helped me realize I wanted to pursue a career in finance," she says. "Meeting women who have been successful in the financial services industry has been inspiring."
Radovich, an economics major and international relations minor, also had positive internships. "I have been extremely happy with my experiences," says Radovich. "Business and marketing are the fields in which I would like to work after graduation, and through the internships I learned skills that will be essential for employment after college."
The Office of Career Services guides students explore their possibilities. "We want students to know that there are many options and help them open doors to less well-known careers. This panel is just a first step for anyone who has ever thought, maybe finance is for me. If that's you, come and learn more!"