Taking them one step closer to fulfilling their career aspirations in finance, four HWS students have secured highly coveted summer internships with J.P. Morgan, one of the world’s leading financial firms.
This summer, Margaret Cameron ’17, Justin Partyka ’16 and Grant Soucy ’17 will join J.P. Morgan at its New York City headquarters, while Nate Gliedman ’17 will join J.P. Morgan’s Chicago office as a summer analyst.
“I’m really looking forward to continuing to learn as much as I can,” says Partyka, who also held an internship with J.P. Morgan last year and connected with Eric Stein ’89, head of North American investment banking for J.P. Morgan. “It’s exciting to live up to the legacy of success of HWS students at J.P. Morgan, and to connect with the many alums who work there.”
After completing the internship, Partyka, a double major in physics and economics, will head to Dartmouth College where he will finish his final undergraduate year in HWS’ joint engineering program with Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering. On campus, Partyka was a member of the NASA-HWS Spectroscopy team and competed in the Early Leaders Case Competition, a business competition hosted by the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester.
For their internships, Cameron and Soucy will be summer analysts for J.P. Morgan’s investment banking division. A double major in economics and international relations, Cameron says she is looking forward to building her analytical skills.
“I hope to gain a lot of industry knowledge,” Cameron says. “I hope to better understand how investment banks advise their clients, and also gain more of a working knowledge of evaluation models.”
Cameron, a member of the William Smith rowing team, says she’s prepared for the internship by working with Assistant Professor of Economics Christina Houseworth to enhance her mathematical skills.
During his internship, Soucy will work with both junior level analysts and senior level managing directors to support major deals and transactions by completing financial analysis and models, conducting research, and helping with pitches.
“The investment banking and finance industry careers can seem intimidating for a liberal arts student, but if you’re able to show the initiative to learn finance outside of the normal HWS curriculum, the positive attributes that naturally stem from a liberal arts education will help separate you from the rest of the candidates,” says Soucy, a double major in economics and Spanish and Hispanic studies.
Last summer, through a connection with Bob Fix P’15, P’17, Soucy interned with William Blair & Co. in the private wealth and equity research sectors, where he says he developed a “strong financial vocabulary that allowed him to fully grasp the internship moving forward.”
As a summer analyst in the wealth management sector, Gliedman will assist with the day-to-day responsibilities of the credit, investment, taxation, and wealth transfer specialists, who work together to meet the clients’ needs.
Throughout the application process, Gliedman worked closely with the Salisbury Center to hold mock interviews, attend the NYC Finance Experience Trip, and connect with Chris Williams P’16, managing director of J.P. Morgan Private Bank.
“The exposure I got through the NYC Finance Trip, especially, gave me a comprehensive understanding of the different sectors within the finance industry and a much better idea of what interests me,” says Gliedman, who last summer held an internship as an analyst in the compliance department of TD Securities in New York City.
“The liberal arts education I’ve received at HWS has definitely made me well-rounded,” Gliedman says.