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Leonhardt ’21 Accepts Position with Fidelity Investments

Robert Leonhardt ’21 Lands Post at Fidelity Investments.

Economics major and media and society minor Robert Leonhardt ’21 accepted a position as a financial representative in the retail sector for Fidelity Investments. In this role, Leonhardt will work in a client-facing capacity.

Leonhardt says he found himself drawn to finance from the moment he came to HWS and it was Assistant Professor of Economics Joshua Greenstein’s “Poverty and Welfare” class that initially shifted his interest toward client-focused positions. “It opened my eyes to the personal nature of finance and economics,” Leonhardt says.

The class, which focused on economic disparities in America, inspired Leonhardt to take other courses that focused on the personal and individualistic side of economics. He then took Greenstein’s upper-level course, “Economics of Inequality,” and credits these courses as the ultimate inspiration to seek out customer-based internships in finance.

While Leonhardt’s first internship at Fidelity Institutional—the summer before his junior year at the Colleges—gave him a sense of product development and how a finance company functioned internally, his internship the following summer was with Fidelity Investments. This latter internship gave him essential insight into the responsibilities of a financial representative.

Through the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education, he prepped for the interview process with Fidelity Investments. “As a college student who was not in the working world and didn’t have much experience in a competitive industry, Career Services did a great job acclimating me to the field. They helped me with interview preparation and connected me with some recently graduated alums in finance,” says Leonhardt, noting their helpful tips on how to stand out during the interview process.

On campus, Leonhardt was a member of the Statesmen football team, and after an injury prevented him from playing, he worked as a videographer and assistant to the coaching staff. “The football team was big on leadership and character development, and it also made me appreciate teamwork.”