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The HWS Update

Alum Connections Lead to Exclusive Opportunities

With the help of Bob Murphy, director of the Salisbury Center for Career Services, and alums Thomas Schmidt ’88 and James Ramage ’81, two HWS students have secured highly competitive internships with J.P. Morgan Chase, currently the third largest banking institution in the United States. Long interested in a career in international banking, Jesse Leiter ’09 created a unique major, combining economics, Mandarin and international relations, and took a unique opportunity to study abroad in Beijing. He approached Murphy for help getting a summer internship, and Murphy, in turn, contacted Schmidt who helped Leiter gain the opportunity to interview for a position in Equity Research. “I hoped the combination of my study of Mandarin, knowledge of global market trends and practical experience gained during a prior internship would increase my chances of getting the internship with J.P. Morgan Chase,” Leiter says. His experience did pay off and, within a few weeks, he received a call back and accepted immediately. “Given the volatility and insecurity plaguing the financial markets in the last quarter, I understand how fortunate I am to be in this position, especially given J.P. Morgan Chase’s global capacity and prestige as one of the world’s premier investment banking firms.” Currently studying abroad in Beijing, Leiter is anxious to return to New York City in May to begin what he calls “an invaluable and incredibly rewarding summer.” Matt Gruppo ’09, an economics major and international relations minor, experienced similar success with the help of Murphy, Schmidt and Ramage. This past fall, Gruppo met with both alums personally and, through their contacts and support, was able to secure an internship in Equity Research with J.P. Morgan Chase for this summer. “I cannot begin to describe my excitement for this fantastic opportunity and challenge,” said Gruppo. “I will be working within a competitive, fast-paced environment and look forward to taking my financial knowledge to an entirely new level.” Gruppo credits Bob Murphy and his alumni contacts for making it possible. “Last semester , as a tour guide, I always took a special amount of time when passing through Trinity Hall to emphasize what a great asset Bob Murphy is to the Colleges and the outstanding alum networks HWS students are able to access,” explained Gruppo. Students interested in reaping similar benefits should contact The Salisbury Center for Career Services to set up an appointment and begin the Pathways Program. Alums who are interested in mentoring an HWS student should contact Bob Murphy at or (315) 781-3514.