Thayer Kennedy ’20 will begin her post-graduate career at Credit Suisse as an investment banking analyst in the power and renewables group in the company’s New York City headquarters. Following a nine-week internship program with Credit Suisse this past summer, Kennedy was offered a full-time position to continue that work.
As an analyst, Kennedy believes the position will foster her long-term career goal in urban planning and notes the renewables component peaked her environmental consciousness. Kennedy is grateful for the opportunity to “learn the fundamentals of financial modeling that are applicable in almost all jobs across Wall Street.”
To prepare, Kennedy took part in the Women’s Mentorship Program at Credit Suisse as well as the New York Finance Experience offered by HWS in her sophomore year. To secure the internship, Kennedy obtained an interview with Vice Chair of the HWS Board of Trustees and Executive Vice Chairman at Credit Suisse Craig R. Stine ’81, P’17.
An international relations major with interests in political and economic development, and a studio arts minor, Kennedy says the job is an amalgamation of her studies. Through economics courses such as “International Trade,” “Environmental Economics” and “Economic Statistics,” Kennedy feels prepared for her new job, and thanks to her adviser Associate Professor of Political Science Vikash Yadav as well as Associate Professor of Economics Keoka Grayson, she’s developed confidence.
As part of her coursework, Kennedy studied abroad in Freiburg, Germany on the European Union track to further supplement her international relations major. She also completed a short term abroad program in Kenya. While there, Kennedy “visited the United Nations headquarters in Nairobi and spoke to representatives about different policies they have implemented to better the quality of life in Kibera, as well as the U.S. Embassy to discuss with representatives of the U.S. government what they are doing in Kenyan communities.”
Through the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education, she was connected with several alums, including Kevin Goltz ’19 and Theresa “Tess” Lohr ’18 at Credit Suisse and Alison “Ali” Ware ’16 and Grant Soucy ’17 at J.P. Morgan Chase, who were instrumental in helping Thayer prepare for her interview and excel during her internship with Credit Suisse.
On campus, Kennedy has served as house manager and as a member of William Smith Congress, the Investment Club and the Outdoor Recreation Adventure Program. Kennedy looks forward to the remainder of her senior year, continuing to receive “the best financial training I can to build a foundation for the next step in my career.”