This summer, four HWS economics majors will have the opportunity to hone their finance skills while gaining real-world experience navigating the fast-paced banking industry at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York City. Angel Salas-Espana ’17, who graduated cum laude in May, will begin a full-time analyst position, while Mary Catherine Kowalsky ’18, Bennett Moore ’18 and Lindsey Mulligan ’18 will begin coveted summer analyst positions.
After serving as a global transactions summer analyst last summer, Salas-Espana will return to Bank of America as a Global Transaction Service analyst as he launches his career. In his new position, he will provide support and services to the treasuries of global companies and major financial institutions, allowing him to combine his interests in finance and international relations. “The Global Transactions Services Program at Bank of America Merrill Lynch is a perfect match because I am able to combine the two fields that interest me most,” says Salas-Espana.
Most excited to work in a “diverse and high-paced” environment, Salas-Espana looks forward to building the skills to create opportunities for diverse groups of people. “I hope to one day help others through micro-finance programs or any programs that provide financial services to those who previously did not have access to them.”
Salas-Espana first became interested in Bank of America Merrill Lynch through the Colleges’ annual New York City Finance Experience Program offered by the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education when he was connected with HWS Trustee Aileen Gleason ’85, director of Global Wealth Management for Bank of America.
Kowalsky and Moore – who will join Salas-Espana in the Global Transaction Services Department as summer analysts – also took advantage of the expansive HWS alumni network at Bank of America. In addition to Gleason, Kowalsky and Moore received guidance from Julie Anne Baghajian ’15, Ryan Farrell ’15 and Lindsey Farrell Stampone ’08.
For Kowalsky, one of the “main draws” to Bank of America was her connection with alums who guided her through the internship application process and introduced her to the ins and outs of careers on Wall Street. “Their culture of inclusion and support was something I wanted to be part of.”
Like Salas-Espana, Moore’s interest in Bank of America extends back to his experience on the Colleges’ NYC Finance Experience Program during the alum presentations. Excited for the client-facing aspects of his position, Moore is looking forward to developing creative solutions that meet his clients’ unique needs.
“I’m looking forward to interacting with clients on a daily basis, familiarizing myself with the variety of products and services that Bank of America offers within Global Transaction Services, and then combing those two to help create client specific solutions,” explains Moore.
Mulligan, who will join Bank of America’s Consumer Banking Summer Analyst Program, looks forward to expanding her knowledge of the banking industry.
“Bank of America will allow me to expand on my academic foundation in a corporate environment with an amazing culture,” says Mulligan. “I feel that my liberal arts background will give me the advantage to think strategically and bring new ideas to the table.”