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Launching an Investment Banking Career

Bistodeau BrandonAfter a successful summer internship with the investment bank and asset management firm Piper Jaffray, Brandon Bistodeau ’19 will join their offices in Minneapolis, Minn. as an Investment Banking Analyst this summer.

With a double major in economics and history, the Minnesota native says he is excited about landing the job right out of college. During his 2018 summer internship, Bistodeau interned with Piper Jaffray’s healthcare medical technology group and used that experience to land the full-time position.

While finding his passion for investment banking and developing the necessary skills to launch his career on campus, Bistodeau says he was grateful for the mentorship of Professor of Economics Scott McKinney P’13, Associate Professor of History Matthew Crow and Professor of History Matthew Kadane.

He also received invaluable assistance from the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education and the HWS Alumni and Alumnae Networks. “I did not know that I wanted to do investment banking until midway through my sophomore year after reaching out to around 50 alums both in person and over the phone,” Bistodeau says. “The advice they gave me was invaluable, as it helped me succeed throughout my interview process and during my internship.”

A member of the Hobart ice hockey team, Bistodeau says the sport was also essential in preparing him for this new chapter. “NCAA hockey makes you resilient and teaches you to collaborate well with others,” says Bistodeau, who was named an AHCA All-American Scholar for the 2017-2018 season.

On campus, Bistodeau is an Economics Teaching Fellow, a member of the economics honor society and the finance club.

“HWS gave me the critical thinking skills to succeed through the investment banking interview process, and the internship preparation they provided was pivotal in my success and gave me the tools needed in order to secure a full time position,” Bistodeau says. “I plan to continue to lean on the strong HWS community for advice in order to reach my career goals.”