Asian Studies and Economics double major Darius Brummell ’21 has landed an internship with Citibank for the summer of 2020.
“I’ve known I wanted to pursue a career in the finance industry since high school. When I came to HWS, it was a matter of taking advantage of the opportunities that would get me there,” says Brummell, who enrolled in courses such as “Microeconomics” and “Behavioral Finance” and joined the Finance Society, a Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education program in which students meet monthly with an alum or peer who has professional experience in the finance industry.
After participating in Citibank’s early identification leadership program, a five-week intensive designed to help students translate their classroom knowledge into professional experiences, Brummell gained technical knowledge that helped him secure a position as a summer analyst in the company’s New York City office. Including a comprehensive overview of the industry and Citibank’s investment products, the program covered topics in derivatives, fixed incomes, stocks and capital markets.
Brummell says that while the early identification program was an essential component of his preparation, his externship and internship experiences also shaped his trajectory.
First, Brummell connected with Cameron Lochhead ’82 and landed an externship with PGIM Fixed Income, where his experience was focused on fixed income securities. While at PGIM, Brummell realized with certainty that he wanted a career with a client-facing role, which helped him discern which firm he wanted to work with next.
Then as an intern for Fellowship Home Loans, Brummell worked alongside Branch Manager Brian Schiele ’02 and Loan Officer Joseph Escamilla ’18 to onboard new clients and refinance home loans. “The best part was that I was learning something every day. I got to see how shifts in the economy were affecting people,” Brummell says, adding that Schiele and Escamilla ensured Brummell had the opportunity to see every step of the process.
During the NYC Finance Experience facilitated by Career Services, Brummell met Caroline Galdabini ’89, Margaret Bluhm ’15, William Shegog ’18, Mehrnaz Vahid-Ahdieh ’85, P’17 and David Smith ’99. He also connected with Gavin Gross ’19. “I learned more about their respective journeys to Citibank, and met the teams that they work with.”
In the spring, Brummell will study abroad through Center for Global Education in Taiwan. He is enrolled in a language and cultural intensive program and will take two courses in Chinese.