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Three Intern at Merrill Lynch

This summer, three Hobart students are interning in private wealth management with Merrill Lynch.  Gregory Clifford ’12 is spending his summer in Boston, Mass., Will Connery ’12 in Syracuse, N.Y, and Larkin Little ’13 in Baltimore, Md.

Clifford ’12 worked through the Salisbury Center for Career Services to connect with alumna Jennifer Ho ’09 and eventually secured an interview with Merrill Lynch, ultimately earning a position as a summer intern. An English major and public policy minor, Clifford plans to pursue a career in this area of financial advising because of the personal connections built with clients.

“You aren’t working with companies, you’re working with people. You convince someone to trust you with their money, and that’s kind of cool,” he adds.

In the past, Clifford has interned at WorkScape in Marlborough, Mass., a company that works to provide solutions for performance management, compensation planning, and benefits administration. He spent three summers working for the company in the marketing, finance and communications departments.

On campus, Clifford is a member of the Hobart Football team and a brother of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, and volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club of Geneva and the Geneva Public Library.

Like Clifford, Connery ’12 is also interning at Merrill Lynch, at the company’s Syracuse office. Along with shadowing employees, Connery is attending meetings and will work on larger financial projects as his internship progresses. Connery discovered this opportunity through alumni Jeffrey Gerson ’85 who helped him decide to pursue an internship in private wealth management.

“Initially I was more interested in financial analysis,” Connery says, “but talking to Jeffrey Gerson made me interested in private wealth management.”

An economics major with a double minor in mathematics and media and society, Connery attended the Wall Street Event in New York City over this past winter break, a program created for students interested in economics and finance. While there, he took tours of offices, saw the inner-workings of daily business, and met financial executives, including a number of HWS alums.

At Hobart, Connery plays on the Statesmen Football team, was on the 2009 Liberty League All-Academic Team, and is also involved in club lacrosse. He intends to pursue a career in the financial world, either continuing his work in private wealth management or exploring his interests in financial analysis and the real estate industry as well.

Little ’13 is spending his summer in Merrill Lynch’s Baltimore headquarters with a specialized team managing the investments of high profile clients. According to Little, as the direct assistant to the vice president, everyday is a new learning experience. He handles diverse tasks, from calling banks to find stocks to present to clients to reviewing the stock market daily with economic forecasts each morning.

Little has been investing since the age of 14, and because of his interest in finance he felt it was important to get an internship at a well known company such as Merrill Lynch. He also noted his experience in his “Principles of Economics” class prepared him for his internship.

Heading into his sophomore year, Little plans to major or minor in economics and pursue German and environmental studies as well.  In addition to his interest in finance, he enjoys playing squash and is involved with the HWS Finance Club.