When Lindsey Farrell ’08 went to Hong Kong to study last semester, she didn’t expect to find a future employer. But that’s exactly what the William Smith student got after taking a trans-Pacific telephone call from a Bank of America recruiter. They were looking for someone with international experience. A few days later Farrell was standing in the Bank’s Hong Kong office, asking questions about global finance.
This summer, after returning from Hong Kong, Farrell picked up an internship in New York City with the Treasury division of the Bank where she got an insider’s look at the machinery of global commerce. “When a big company invests in China, Bank of America might help to finance their costs,” she said. “They put together solutions for large corporate clients.
Farrell helped with a variety of projects that covered everything from marketing to analysis and accounting. “I helped to create a marketing piece which will hopefully gain new clients for the trade team and earn over $8 million in revenue. Lindsey also helped “support a nationwide team by working on revenue reports and statements, she said.
In such a changing field, it was critical to Farrell’s success that she never felt like she was standing alone – something achieved through the mentorship of David Bruenner ’05, a supply chain solution analyst. “It was great to work with David, she said. “I could bring him any questions at all, intelligent and well thought-out or beginner and simple.
Farrell also enjoyed the networking events held for interns and the culture of support and encouragement. “They really value their employees, even interns!” It was interesting to get an overall view of the whole bank said Farrell, “it’s the kind of experience that can come in handy in any business environment.
A solid background in economics helped Farrell develop the skills she needed to become successful. “Professor of Economics Patrick McGuire’s Principles of Economics and statistics with Professor of Economics Scott McKinney were of great help,” she says. “And the background of Business Law class helped as well.”
The preparation paid off. After completing her internship, Farrell received an offer from Bank of America to return as a treasury management analyst, a position she eagerly accepted. “I’m really looking forward to working for them, she said. “It’s a great opportunity!