This summer, Michael Giacobbe ’21 is interning at Massachusetts Financial Services investment firm in Boston.
As a consultant relations intern, Giacobbe’s responsibilities primarily consist of analyzing third-party consultant database updates and aligning them with the firm’s contacts and products. “I correct any discrepancies that I find and assemble the changes into a spreadsheet, using Excel functions to help my managers identify the disparities right away,” says the economics major and entrepreneurial studies minor. “I am also continuing to work on a sustainable investing project with four other interns that we will virtually present to several managers within the company.”
While he has held previous internships in the sales divisions of Citizens Bank and Energy Federation, Inc., Giacobbe says the experience at MFS has allowed him to gain a deeper understanding of the financial services industry.
“I am constantly networking within the company, setting up meetings with various professionals to learn more about their background and their career paths. This has given me a chance to weed out different areas of finance and narrow my interests for when it comes time to apply to entry-level jobs,” he says.
Through the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education, Giacobbe was put in contact with Hobart alum Christopher Rooney ’10, a Charted Financial Analyst who serves as a relationship manager at MFS. “I spoke with Chris a couple times last summer,” he says “He helped me with the interview process and I was lucky enough to receive the internship offer in December.”
The HWS faculty also helped prepare Giacobbe for the position. “‘Quantitative Tools’ with Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies Craig Talmage contributed to my overall success in this internship,” he says. “I learned crucial finance terms and Excel equations that have directly correlated to the work I am doing this summer.”
On campus, Giacobbe is a member of the Statesmen football team and works as an athletic study mentor and in the Office of Financial Aid. He is a member of the Finance Society.