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Williams ’19 Begins Career with Mastercard

Cort Williams ’19 has landed a job at Mastercard as an account analyst in the North American Markets Department, after working at the company as an intern last summer. After graduation, Williams will enter the company’s 18-month graduate development program.

Mastercard is a multinational financial corporation focused on helping customers make their payments secure and simple. Williams will work at its global headquarters in Purchase, N.Y.

Through the graduate development program, Williams will gain cross-business and functional experience. Training sessions will focus on developing competencies in business acumen, leadership, interpersonal skills and project management. Upon completion of the program, Williams will join the North American Markets team.

Last summer, Williams worked in the Mastercard offices as a Law & Franchise Integrity Intern, assessing customer risk and data gaps in the company’s internal systems, analyzing employee surveys, conducting interviews to help improve the customer’s day to day operations and participating in an intern challenge to create a micro-merchant digital payment application.

“My time at HWS prepared me incredibly well for this job,” Williams says. As an O’Laughlin Ambassador in the Colleges’ Office of Admissions, Williams says he learned valuable skills such as brand development and marketing. Williams also points to his time on the varsity Hobart basketball team as pivotal in helping him develop.

“I have a firm grasp on time management and teamwork from my time being a student athlete on campus,” Williams says.

Williams also credits the support of the Colleges’ alum network with his confidence as a professional. “This past summer I was living in New York City and commuting to work every day, something I wasn’t used to, being from Buffalo. John T. ’71 and Patricia Preston P’20 made things much easier for me, whether it was a home-cooked meal or some friendly advice on how to navigate the city. Their kind actions made me appreciate all New York and Mastercard have to offer.”

At the Colleges, Williams majored in media and society and studied abroad in Wales. Additionally, he worked as a sales intern for WKBW-TV and as a business development intern for the Buffalo Bills.