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How to Get an Internship in Finance

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 their expertise during a panel titled “How to Get an Internship in Finance” on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.

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 obtaining an internship.

“The panel is deisgned to expose students to a variety of internships that HWS students have done while also showing them what they can do with a career in finance and what the interview process is like,” says Brandi Ferrara, director of career services. “We hope to inspire and help students to prepare for internships and also give them clarity about what they could possibly get out of a particular internship and how it might or might not fit in with their goals.”

Each of the six students held a finance-related internship this past summer. They are:

Jerimiah Booream-Phelps ’12, who as a sophomore interned at Telsey Advisory Group doing Equity research, and then interned with Deutsche Bank. Having applied to many internships, he hopes to pass on what he has learned from his own experiences and the advice given to him that helped him secure his internship with Deutsche Bank this past summer. Booream-Phelps, an economics and environmental studies double major, is a Student Trustee, a member of Campus Greens and Vice President of Phi Sigma Kappa. He is also a representative for the Economics Department and the President’s Climate Task Force.

Sean Breen ’12, who spent his summer interning at HSBC, one of the largest banking and financial services organizations in the world. Reflecting on his own experiences, he will inform his fellow students about what their expectations should be when they embark on the internship process. Breen, an economics and Latin American Studies double major, is a member of the Finance Society and involved with Habitat for Humanity.

Greg Ciciola ’12, who interned at Russell Investments, an investment firm in Washington, D.C. that serves more than 2,300 clients in more than 35 countries. Having had his hockey teammates to lean on for guidance, motivation and advice about the internship process, he feels that he learns best through peer education and he hopes to offer his fellow students the benefit of his experience. Ciciola, an economics major, is a forward on the Varsity ice hockey team, involved in the Finance Society, and a member of Hockey Helpers.

Michael Garland ’12, who spent two consecutive summers at J.P. Morgan and was subsequently hired by the company to work there as an analyst on the energy derivatives desk after graduation. Garland will pass on his advice just as Hobart alum Michael Barlow ’11 did for him when Garland was applying for the J.P. Morgan internship last spring. Garland is an economics and English double major.

Kiersten Hamilton ’12, who spent her summer interning at Bank of America Merill Lynch. Hamilton, an economics and Asian studies double major, is a member of the William Smith field hockey team.

Meghan Malia ’12, who interned this past summer at Markit, a global financial information services company. Malia, a mathematics major, has previously worked for Fidelity investments and is a member of William Smith Club Ice Hockey. She has tutored elementary school children at an afterschool program at Trinity Church.

The panel is hosted by the Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development.