After spending his summer interning with J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. in New York City, senior Dominic Carazza ’15 landed a full time position with the financial industry giant. Carazza served as summer analyst intern with the Diversified Industries group of J.P. Morgan investment banking. Since then, he has been hired and will return after graduation to take a position as an analyst on the Diversified Industries desk, covering industrial, aerospace, defense, automotive, and several other types of companies. In his new role, Carazza will be responsible for helping companies improve their financials, profitability and stability.
“It’s a job that is immensely interesting and ever changing, as every day investment bankers help shape the market on a global scale,” says Carazza. “I love everything about this opportunity-the pace, the challenge, and the significance. HWS has taught me to pursue these passions, and to not settle for a career that I don’t love.”
Carazza initially learned of the internship opportunity through the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education. Even though Carazza was studying abroad in Prague at the time, Career Services helped him prepare for interviews during the recruitment process. “Career Services stayed in touch with me and made sure I was on the right path to get the type of internship that I wanted,” he says.
In addition, Carazza also took part in Hobart and William Smith’s New York City Finance Experience where he met JPMorgan Chase employees and HWS alums Eric Stein ’89 and John Hogan ’88, who were also instrumental in helping him get an interview. Alums Michael Barlow ’11, Adam Green ’12 and Jon Lawless ’13 helped him prepare.
“The Finance Experience was a main catalyst for me, it’s an opportunity unlike any other, and everything started from there,” he says. “The network I accessed through the trip was invaluable as I competed with applicants from bigger schools that financial firms traditionally target,” Carazza says.
An English and Economics double major, Carazza believes his unique pairing of majors allowed his resume to stand out among the stacks of resumes at J.P. Morgan. To Carazza, the freedom and ability HWS gave him to explore his interests with a liberal arts education was a crucial step in his progression to acquire the internship and later, the position.
“HWS developed my critical thinking skills and broadened my perspective-qualities any employer loves to see,” he says. “The ability to communicate effectively, think critically, and to see a problem from multiple perspectives, is what a liberal arts education provides, and employers desire.”
The passion Carazza has experienced at HWS has helped him appreciate the importance of having a job that you love and are passionate about. “Students are starting non-profits, writing novels and plays, creating T.V. shows, and travelling the world,” he says. “The HWS community is one that is filled with passion and fully grasps the concept that when you’re doing what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.”
At HWS, Carazza is president of Delta Chi fraternity, a member of the investment club, an employee with the Office of Admissions, and is regularly involved with intramural sports. He is a recipient of the Lewis H. Elliott Memorial Scholarship.