In the summer of 2013, the Hobart and William Smith Salisbury International Internship Stipend took Kathryn Middleton ’14 from New York to London to India, thanks to an internship with Markit, a leading global financial information services company.
Markit, whose chief operating officer is HWS Trustee Calvin “Chip” Carver Jr. ’81, serves clients in the most significant institutions of the financial marketplace. The company provides independent data, valuations and trade processing across all asset classes in order to enhance transparency, reduce risk and improve operational efficiency.
A computer science major, Middleton worked in the Evaluated Bonds (EVB) product division, which provides the fixed income market with independent pricing data on corporate, government, sovereign and agency bonds across the investment grade and high yield universe. Middleton explored various areas from EVB globally, product releases, and reference data.
In the New York office, Middleton was introduced to the nuances of the EVB process and the glitches that occurred in the development and product delivery process.
“In the beginning of the internship, my main focus was to understand Markit as a company and how it functions between the different products and teams and among the different countries it operates in,” Middleton said. “When I arrived in Noida, I was put in charge of a specific case study to figure out why certain operational incidents had occurred in the EVB process and to develop solutions.”
Because of the internship at Markit, Middleton said she learned how to “translate what the stakeholders want and put it in a way for the programmers to understand, and trying to find solutions to make this process better.”
The last portion of her internship took her to New Delhi, India, where Middleton spent time outside of work traveling to cities like Jaipur and Agra, the site of the Taj Mahal.
Middleton’s internship experience was made possible by the Salisbury Stipend, one of the most ambitious programs in the Colleges’ history. Created by Honorary Trustee Charles H. Salisbury Jr. ’63, P’94, L.H.D.’08, former chair of the HWS Board of Trustees, the fund provides financial support for each for three students interested in pursuing an international internship experience in a location of the student’s choice. By supplementing classroom education with internship experience, students gain a practical understanding of the demands and rewards of future career opportunities, as well as an opportunity to test their skills and realize their potential.
After the internship, Middleton was offered a full-time position as a software developer at Markit in New York, N.Y. as part of Markit’s Collaboration Services team, where she develops code for an automated testing platform. “It’s been an awesome experience working at Markit, and I hope to continue my growth here as a developer,” she says.
When Middleton arrived at HWS, she was unsure of her path. “Coming into Hobart and William Smith Colleges, I was undecided about what I wanted to do and study. One of the reasons I chose HWS was because of the great curriculum that allows you to try classes you usually wouldn’t take. In my first semester, I took ‘Principles of Computer Science’ and loved it. After taking more computer science courses I realized this was a subject I could see myself pursuing in the future,” she says.
In addition to majoring in computer science, Middleton double minored in psychology and music. On campus, she was a teaching fellow for the computer science department, a student caller for the office of advancement, a spinning instructor at Bristol Field House and a member of the Colleges’ woodwind ensemble. Middleton is also the keyboardist for the student rock band, “Call Security,” who recently released its first EP on iTunes.