As the kicker on the Hobart football team, Kyle Hackett ’21 knows the importance of planning, practice and teamwork. He used those skills to land a summer internship as a risk analyst with Fidelity Investments.
After applying for various internships with the company early in the fall of his junior year, Hackett was drawn to the risk analyst position. “I knew it would give me the opportunity to work with a variety of business units,” says the economics major and entrepreneurial studies and international relations minor from Charlton, Mass.
The team Hackett worked with during the summer focused on identifying corporate risks associated with Fidelity-owned enterprises and private equity investments, as well as building controls to prevent and mitigate those risks. “It was a great experience to be able to learn so much about the business world,” Hackett says. “I was able to work with a wide range of businesses, from the oil industry to the hotel industry.”
Hackett credits the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education with preparing him for Fidelity’s rigorous interview process, which included a phone interview, an online screening test and a two-hour interview with multiple members of the risk group. “They gave me mock interviews and helped me identify areas in which I needed practice,” he says.
While a course in international macroeconomics strengthened Hackett’s ability to be creative and successful in his internship, in turn the internship allowed him to improve his presentation skills and his ability to pay attention to detail. “Risk analysts need to focus on the little things because they add up and can end up seriously damaging a firm,” he explains.
On campus, Hackett serves as co-president of the Investment Club and is a member of the Omicron Delta Epsilon international economics honor society. In 2018, he became the first place kicker in Statesmen football history to be named to the American Football Coaches Association All-America Team.