Yalemwork Teferra ’21 has landed a position as a summer analyst in the USD Clearing Department at BNP Paribas in New York City. One of the world’s largest banks by total assets, BNP Paribas is a French international banking group operating in 77 countries.
Teferra learned about opportunities at BNP Paribas from her classmate Mike Goulart ’20, who accepted an offer as an analyst at the firm.
Expanding her industry research to alums in the HWS Network, she also connected with Olivia Cargian ’18, an investment banking analyst at BNP. Ultimately, her conversations revealed a “commitment to sustainable banking, diversity and company culture,” that aligned with Teferra’s values and encouraged her to apply.
Over winter break, Teferra attended the Finance Experiences in New York City and Boston that are hosted by the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education. During seven days of conversations with alums working at financial industry giants, including Fidelity Investments, Bloomberg, Credit Suisse, JP Morgan, Citi Bank and others, Teferra says she gained “invaluable” insights.
While on the Career Services trip, Teferra conducted her interview with BNP Paribas. Prepped by staff and fresh with ideas and knowledge from her meetings with HWS alums, Teferra says she felt empowered to succeed in her interview.
On campus, Teferra is an international relations major and economics and Africana studies double minor. She is the co-president of Sankofa, the Black Student Union and Model African Union. She has previously held internships with Sotheby’s International Real Estate and Dansie and Dansie. She works in the Office of Communications, Office of Admissions and Office of Intercultural Affairs. Last summer, she received a Stephen W. Woodworth ’54 Fisher Center Student Summer Fellowship, and studied the relationship between black identity formation and the criminalization of black individuals under the direction of Associate Professor of Economics Keoka Grayson.
Teferra also has studied abroad in Ghana, through a J-term program in social innovation led by Professor of Sociology Jack Harris P’02, P’06, and in Aix en Provence, France. Although her semester in France was cut short due to the Covid-19 outbreak, Teferra says she had powerful academic and cross cultural experiences. Over the course of the semester, she studied “French Colonialism in the Middle East and North Africa,” “U.S. Diplomacy in the Age of Change,” French language, painting and drawing, and viticulture.