Economics major and mathematics and entrepreneurial studies double minor Christopher Bracco ’21 has accepted a position as a summer analyst with Credit Suisse. This summer, he will serve as an investment banking analyst in the Financial Institutions Group.
Bracco says that last summer’s internship with Sandler O’Neill & Partners, L.P., was “key in helping me build the skillset to earn this opportunity.” At the New York City investment banking firm, he worked with the balance sheet analysis and strategy team, which is a quantitative analytics group under the fixed income arm of the firm.
With Vice Chair of the HWS Board of Trustees Craig Stine ’81, P’17 serving as Executive Vice Chairman at Credit Suisse, Bracco says another significant factor was the HWS alum network at Credit Suisse. He met several team members at the HWS Finance Trip to New York City during his sophomore year. As part of the program, alums provided insight and preparation for the application process which included a first-round phone interview and an on-site “Super Day” at Credit Suisse headquarters where he had three back-to-back interviews.
Bracco says his coursework also prepared him well. For example, “Macroeconomics” with Assistant Professor of Economics Evren Damar provided “an introduction to the function of interest rates and how they directly affect the financial markets. This course also showed me the importance of staying up to date with current events and macro trends in an effort to forecast their impact on financial markets.” “Corporation Finance” with Assistant Professor of Economics Warren Hamilton offered practical excel skills which “enhanced my knowledge and success in the workplace.”
On campus, Bracco is the president of club ice hockey, a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters and treasurer for the Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
At Credit Suisse, Thayer Kennedy ’20 and Zachary Sternbach ’20 were hired to positions post-graduation. Kevin Goltz ’19 began his career at Credit Suisse as an investment banking analyst in the Power and Renewables Group. In 2018, Theresa Lohr ’18 was hired as a financial analyst in the Financial Institution Group.