Seeking a position with a “global approach,” Angel Salas-Espana ’17 will pursue his interests in international relations and economics this summer as a global transactions summer analyst intern at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York City.
“I hope to learn a lot more about international treasury management, and am especially lucky to be interning at Bank of America, which has one of the largest presences around the globe,” says Salas-Espana. “What’s great about Bank of America is they give interns the opportunity to see many different sides of the industry, which is crucial for college undergrads, like myself, to really solidify our interests.”
Through the internship, Salas-Espana explains that he will learn about both the domestic and international sides of the treasury management industry while also gaining knowledge about the sales and products side of the tools that Bank of America possesses to service financial institutions and global corporate clients.
“Bank of America will definitely help me put the skills I learned in my economics and international relations courses to use, and I’m very excited about that,” says Salas-Espana, a double major in economics and international relations.
Salas-Espana, who calls the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education “key” in helping him prepare for the internship, first developed his interest in the global finance sector when he participated in Career Service’s Job Shadow Program and was paired with an alum who works as a development professional.
He also participated in Career Service’s New York City Finance Experience Trip, where he connected with HWS alums in the industry to gain a more realistic picture of working on Wall Street. It was on the trip where he met HWS Trustee Aileen Gleason ’85, managing director of Global Wealth Management for Bank of America, and first learned about the opportunities offered to intern with Bank of America.
“It was great to see how large the HWS network is across the finance industry and how willing and eager they were to help us students out,” Salas-Espana says. “Aileen Gleason is definitely someone to look up to, and I’m very fortunate I had the opportunity to connect with her.
On campus, Salas-Espana has served as secretary of Hobart Student Government, and also received the Technos Award to represent HWS at Technos International Week in Tokyo this past summer. He is also heavily involved with the Arabic department on campus.