Jacqueline Cook ’21 and Olivia Weiler ’21 are interning at Bank of America this summer. Working as summer analysts at one of America’s largest financial institutions, the two intend to gain valuable experience, connections and insight into the finance industry.
Interning in Global Transaction Services for the summer, Weiler looks forward to learning more about the department, as well as “how Bank of America is working with companies to manage their finances in the most efficient ways.”
Cook is working for Merrill Lynch, a subsidiary of Bank of America, in its Financial Advisor Development Program. The program emphasizes collaboration between clients and teammates, as well as independent entrepreneurship.
“I have always been interested in human development and interaction, which led me to choose sociology as my area of study,” Cook says. “At the same time, I wanted to pursue a career in business and found the entrepreneurial studies minor instrumental in introducing me to financial markets, entrepreneurship and technical skills.”
Previously, Cook held an internship with AXA Advisors after being introduced to the company’s Financial Advisor Rochelle Forster ’80, who she met during a job shadow set up by the Salisbury Center for Career Services and Experiential Education. Along with the Salisbury Center, Cook credits the HWS LEADS program in helping her with “interview skills, public speaking and being an effective leader,” which she says prepared her to succeed in her internship.
Weiler initially became interested in the internship program when she attended the Finance Experience trip to New York City run by the Salisbury Center in 2018. The annual event offers a week of panel discussions, presentations, tours and receptions. Attending students get the opportunity to network with executives, analysts, bankers, and insurance and human resources professionals from leading companies in the financial sector, often leading to connections that assist them in pursuing future internship and jobs.
The opportunity allowed her to meet alums who work at Bank of America including HWS Trustee Aileen Diviney Gleason ’85, who serves as the managing director for Bank of America. She is also grateful for the guidance she received from Treasury Sales Analyst Julie Baghajian ’15. “I kept in contact with many of the alums,” Weiler says. “I want to continue learning and understanding what a career in corporate finance could look like, as I explore all that GTS has to offer alongside growing my network.”
On campus, Cook is working toward a degree in sociology with a minor in entrepreneurial studies and studied abroad in Rome. Weiler served as treasurer of the William Smith Congress and is a student leader at IT Services, as well as president of HWS Days of Service. She majors in economics with a double minor in international relations and history.
The above photo features Jacqueline Cook ’21 (left) and Olivia Weiler ’21 (right).