A standout intern at J.P. Morgan last summer, Alison Ware ’16 will join the company’s New York City headquarters as a first-year analyst in the Investment Bank’s Investment Grade Finance group beginning in June. Ware distinguished herself among a pool of interns from some of the nation’s top business and finance schools, earning her a full-time offer on the last day of her internship.
“The entire summer was like an interview,” says the economics and international relations double major. “I was constantly working to prove myself and show how dedicated and passionate I was about my work, and by the end of the internship they approached me about staying on full-time.”
As a first-year analyst, she will work either on the bond or the loan desk, helping to provide companies with access to the debt markets to fund a variety of corporate activities.
Ware’s journey to Wall Street began when she attended the NYC Finance Experience Trip hosted by the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education during her junior year. The trip provided her with networking skills and allowed her to meet Eric Stein ’89, head of North American Investment Banking for J.P. Morgan.
Ware says Stein served as a mentor, helped her land the internship and ultimately the full-time position.
The Salisbury Center was also instrumental in connecting her with technical finance training that was necessary to excel. She was connected with former investment banker at J.P. Morgan, Michael Barlow ’11, who now works in business development and finance at Atom Tickets in Los Angeles. Barlow provided her with practice models and hosted conference calls with her to cover finance skills.
Ware says her liberal arts education was advantageous to her performance.
“One of the reasons I did so well in the internship was because I had such great interpersonal, communications and writing skills that I had gained at HWS,” says Ware. “I was able to demonstrate my critical thinking skills and an ability to think outside of the box to solve problems.”
Ware will join more than 45 alums currently working at J.P. Morgan, including four current HWS students who have been accepted as 2016 summer analyst interns.
On campus, Ware is captain of the HWS Alpine Ski Team, an economics teaching fellow, Writing Colleague, spin instructor at the field house, member of the Laurel Society, and a student-worker for the Salisbury Center.
If you are a student at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and are interested in an internship, please contact Director of Career Services Brandi Ferrara at email@example.com.