As the recipient of a 2018 Charles H. Salisbury Summer International Internship Stipend, Evan Mextorf ’18 is based in the Singapore offices of IHS Markit, a leading global financial information services company. Following a two-week orientation in New York, Mextorf joined the sales/business development team at IHS Markit’s financial markets division, selling products to help clients comply with government regulations.
“Given my academic interests in politics and communications, this is right up my alley,” says Mextorf, who graduated with a double-major in political science, and media and society. “The most intriguing thing about working in Asia is how different the markets are compared to that of the U.S. or Europe. Here, there are a diverse amount of both established and emerging markets all with their own unique cultural differences. Navigating how regulation affects each country has a lot to do with the governments in place. Communicating with firms in each country is challenging because of the different languages and cultural norms you’re dealing with. Personally, I love the challenge.”
IHS Markit — where Adam Kansler ’90 is president of financial services and HWS Trustee Calvin R. “Chip” Carver Jr. ’81 served for years as a managing director and co-head of information — offers a nuanced analysis on the impacts of their clients’ financial decisions and empowers them to make informed and confident choices.
After meeting Kansler during a on-campus recruiting session this spring, Mextorf, who studied abroad in Prague his junior year, jumped at the chance to go abroad again and gain international internship experience with IHS Markit.
Thus far, Mextorf has been working on “projects specific to expanding our business in Hong Kong and New Zealand in response to recent regulatory measures put in place in each country.”
With hopes that the coming weeks will take him to Hong Kong to help see the project through on the ground, Mextorf says he “really value[s] the experiences I have had so far, and I look forward to my weeks here in Singapore.”
Created in 2007 by Honorary Trustee Charles H. Salisbury Jr. ’63, P’94, L.H.D.’08, the Salisbury Stipend is one of the most ambitious programs in the Colleges’ history. The program provides financial support for travel, lodging and expenses for students interested in pursuing an international internship experience in a location of the student’s choice. By supplementing classroom education with professional experience, students gain a practical understanding of the demands and rewards of future career opportunities as well as an opportunity to test their skills and realize their potential.