For Courtney Cytryn ’14, who has her eyes set on the world of finance, this summer presented the perfect opportunity to explore the vast and complex field – Cytryn interned as an analyst for Merrill Lynch.
With the help of Lew Ross, P ’09 and staff members in the Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development, Cytryn, a double major in economics and political science, was able to secure an internship close to home in Princeton, N.J.
During her time at Merrill Lynch, Cytryn analyzed stocks, mutual funds and exchange-traded funds for two financial advisors. She also worked to analyze and trace the performance of specific sectors including consumer staples and stocks that were predicted to have high dividend returns in the future. The internship also included a visit to Merrill Lynch headquarters in Hopewell, N.J., and a tour of the global sales desk at Black Rock.
In addition to her stock analysis work, Cytryn assisted Merrill Lynch financial advisors in conversations with prospective clients. “I had to utilize the marketing skills that I’ve been using through my involvement on campus,” explains Cytryn. “One of the reasons I chose to attend HWS was because I knew it was a place where I could be actively involved.”
During her sophomore year, Cytryn participated in the Wall Street Experience trip, the NYC Public Relations Experience trip and the Bloomberg Experience trip. Cytryn cites these experiences as transformative. “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.”
Cytryn’s time at Merrill Lynch sparked a strong desire to learn more about how the complex and fascinating industry of finance operates. “The past few years have shown how much our economy and daily lives are affected by what occurs on Wall Street and in global markets,” Cytryn posits.
On campus, Cytryn is the William Smith representative for the Honor’s Committee, the public relations and advertising coordinator for the Seneca 7 Race, a career ambassador for the Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development, and is a member of the Centennial Center’s Leadership Program “HWS Leads: Minds Wide Open.” She has also served as an orientation mentor for incoming students and a tour guide for prospective students in addition to working in the Office of Admissions. This spring, she will study abroad in London, where she hopes to obtain another finance internship.
In the photo above, Courtney Cytryn ’14 stands with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisors Katherin Romero and Lew Ross P’ 09 in the company’s Princeton, N.J., office.