Olivia Cargian ’18 gained hands-on financial industry experience in Chicago as a private client advisory intern with William Blair, a global investment banking and asset management firm responsible for more than $78 billion in client assets. The firm has offices in 18 cities across four continents.
During her summer internship, Cargian assisted coworkers with client interactions, worked alongside financial advisers on client portfolios and joined meetings with prospective clients.
“From this internship opportunity I was able to build a strong network with professionals in the field I am pursing,” Cargian says. “Additionally, I gained a large amount of technical finance knowledge and professionalism.”
Cargian was able to land the internship with the help of the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education, and Co-Chair of the HWS Parents Executive Committee Bob Fix P’15 P’17, a partner and financial adviser with William Blair.
“HWS played a critical role in helping me secure this opportunity,” Cargian says. “Career Services always goes above and beyond to connect students with ample resources that match their interests.”
As an economics and history double major with a public policy minor, her academic work at HWS helped pave the way and prepare her for the internship.
“My coursework in ‘Corporation Finance’ with Assistant Professor of Economics Warren Hamilton as well as my participation in the Fullbridge Finance Intensive Program were both very important in providing me with critical technical skills I needed to succeed at William Blair,” she says.
On campus, Cargian works as a career assistant at the Salisbury Center. She also is in the HWS Leads program and is studying abroad in Rome this semester. When she returns, she will serve as an Economics Teaching Fellow and return to her responsibilities with America Counts and UNICEF at the Colleges. She has also participated in the Colleges’ New York City Finance Experience during winter break.