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Goldman Sachs

Operations Intern

May - August 2019 • Salt Lake City, UT

What I liked

I gained a lot of professional experience in a short amount of time. I was thrown right into the daily work of my team and treated was treated as if I was a full-time employee. Interns were given plenty of opportunities to explore other teams and network with people of various ranking throughout the firm. Being able to meet with a VP or a Managing Director was something that was easy to do.

What I wish was different

Having more choice in the team you are placed on would be nice. Being randomly assigned to a team within Operations makes it very unlikely you will be placed on a team you are super interested in.

Advice

The 10 weeks fly by. Absorbing as much as possible every day is super important.
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Credit Risk Summery Analyst

May - July 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

I was able to learn a lot of technical skills through this internship. I got a lot better with Excel which was great and I learned more about how to understand deal sheets and the internal processes of how deals form. I also got better at looking at valuations and models. The people at Goldman are great and I was able to ask a lot of questions and get help when needed. The support system was great.

What I wish was different

The work for me wasn't extremely interesting, even though I was learning a lot. It was a lot of sitting at my desk looking at models and deal sheets, but there wasn't a lot of client interaction or site visits. I think this environment is good for some people, but for me I wanted a more interactive and dynamic environment.

Advice

I would say ask a lot of questions. People are often scared to ask questions but that is how you learn. It also shows that you are thinking about the projects deeply and care about learning more.
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Operations Analyst Intern

May - August 2019 • Salt Lake City, UT

What I liked

There are many positive outcomes from this internship experience. Firstly, just the opportunity to have the exposure to work in a financially driven environment and a leading global investment bank as Goldman Sachs was a fantastic experience. I really liked the diversity and inclusion at the division and team within the firm that I was working at. I felt welcomed since day one, but, most importantly, I felt encouraged to meet my potential and put in practice my skill-set. I liked that almost half-way through the internship, my team made me switched roles with a fellow intern because it gave me even more exposure to work in other tasks in my team, becoming more resourceful. Lastly, I really liked the fact that they encouraged me to schedule one on one interviews with other teams from other divisions to expand my personal network and get a better insight of the firm's functions as a whole.

What I wish was different

There are very few things that I disliked from my internship experience or that I had wished had been different. With that being said, since I am an engineering major I found it very challenging at the beginning to grasp a lot of financial terms. I had very little financial background prior to the internship, so I wish I would have taken a couple of short, but helpful online courses about investment banking and finance. However, I asked questions to my managers and co-workers to help understand terms that may have not been clear at me first, and then I carried research and study of my own. Hence, this was not a problem, but rather a learning experience and one that I was praised for afterwards by my managers (always asking questions and wanting to learn).

Advice

Definitely be prepared to perform out of your comfort sense. In this regard, be mentally prepared to accept challenges and not be intimated by them; they will be a great opportunity for you to promote your skills and build your personal brand within your team. Additionally to this advice, do not be afraid to ask questions, ask for help, and to ask people permission to shadow them; I found this to be the best learning method.
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Operations Analyst Intern

May - August 2019 • Salt Lake City, UT

What I liked

Intensive work and extensive learning on the financial services industry

What I wish was different

I wish I had known more technical skills that would have helped me in my projects

Advice

Never stop asking questions
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Investment Banking Summer Analyst

June - August 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

This was one of the best internship experiences I've had in college. I really liked the firm's culture of excellence and focus on people, tangible work over the summer that was actually reflective of what analysts do, and well-structured 10 week program

What I wish was different

Even though I felt like the program was mostly representative of the analyst experience, it still felt like there were things I wasn't able to learn in my 10 weeks that make me a little apprehensive about the full-time experience

Advice

Take in as much as you can over the summer and critically think about your own experience. Even though most people obviously want to receive a return offer, I thought it was really important to evaluate if it was a job I actually wanted, work I liked, and a team I wanted to be with
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Analyst

May - August 2019 • Salt Lake City, UT

What I liked

I loved the opportunity I had to meet senior leaders within Goldman. Interns were encouraged to ask questions and learn from those with more experience. I was inspired daily.

What I wish was different

I wish I was able to pick a specific team ahead of time.

Advice

Work hard and be curious. Asking questions is the best way to learn and help you succeed.
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Summer Analyst

May - August 2019 • Salt Lake City, UT

What I liked

The people.

What I wish was different

More work.

Advice

Be ready to run!
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Credit Risk Analyst

June - August 2019 • Salt Lake City, UT

What I liked

Loved the culture and intern experience at GS

What I wish was different

Living arrangements

Advice

Go in with an open mind willing to learn as much as you can
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Summer Analyst

June - August 2019 • Salt Lake City, UT

What I liked

I loved working in an intense learning environment with smart people. I also loved being able to apply much of my undergraduate finance degree to my relevant field. I loved being able to work for a large company and experience the culture and success of the business.

What I wish was different

Not much! My experience was incredible. I wish I had done more before earlier in my studies to get an internship like this earlier!

Advice

I would recommend that students not sell themselves short. You can accomplish just about anything you set your mind to and work hard to achieve. Goldman Sachs is not out of reach for USU students. Prepare early and do everything you can to get an experience like this under your belt.
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Summer Analyst

June - August 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

I enjoyed the industry and the senior level support. The projects I worked on were fairly engaging.

What I wish was different

I didn't like my second year internship as much as the first. The management system changed and it didn't feel quite as supportive or as clear of a process.

Advice

Ask as many questions as possible to junior people.
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Data & Analytics Summer Analyst

June - August 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Great manager, fun project, fun startup atmosphere within Marcus by Goldman Sachs.

What I wish was different

It took forever for me to get data access. THe intern project was incredibly disorganized.

Advice

Be ready to work long hours but not crazy banking hours. Ask a lot of questions.
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Summer Analyst

May - July 2019 • Salt Lake City, UT

What I liked

I liked the open structure of the company, everyone felt like teammates and colleagues. I felt welcomed and empowered

What I wish was different

I wish I began with more confidence, I felt that going into Finance as an engineering major would hinder me but in reality it didn't. It only made me unique

Advice

It's fine if you're nervous and anxious but it's important you channel those feelings into working so hard that you gain confidence in your ability
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Analyst (Investment Banking)

May - August 2019 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

I enjoyed the intellectual people that have unparalleled drive and passion for their jobs. The company also advises some of the largest Fortune 500 companies in the world and to be able to be apart of the analysis behind the decisions they make was fascinating.

What I wish was different

The hours are extremely long. You might think you can handle 80 hour work weeks but at Goldman you might have to work more around 100 hours a week. And that could be for months depending on all the deals they have going on. The environment can get intense as you often run late into the night and the deliverables are usually on quick timelines. I would have hopped that as an intern they would have supported the fact that I was still in the process of learning their procedures and processes.

Advice

A lot of people aspire to do investment banking. I would tell everyone that considers pursuing a career in IB to take some serious introspection to determine if you really can handle the extremely long hours and the high pressure environment. It’s understandable that most people believe they could but it’s a completely different once you’ve actually stepped into the role and done nothing but your job for 3 months straight.
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Investment Banking Summer Analyst

May - August 2019 • Salt Lake City, UT

What I liked

I learned a ton about the industry and made a lot of connections. I also feel better versed in finance and data systems.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more interaction with other interns or with clients. The work felt a little isolating at times.

Advice

It’s as much a 10-week interview of your as it your chance to interview them! I had a great experience and realized overall it wasn’t the best fit for me at the moment, but I am so glad to have had the opportunity.
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analyst

May - August 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

the city

What I wish was different

nothing

Advice

make the vest of every opportunity
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Summer Analyst - Operations

May - August 2019 • Salt Lake City, UT

What I liked

I liked all of the people that I met through Goldman including fellow interns, co-workers, and managers. They were all very helpful and open to discussing any questions that I had. I also like the professional experience that I gained at Goldman in seeing how a large corporation works and the culture that exists there.

What I wish was different

More explanation of what the actual day-to-day would be like beforehand would have been helpful in deciding if I was interested in this opportunity.

Advice

Goldman is a great place that has a perception of being cut-throat and unfriendly. This was not my experience at all, especially in the SLC office. Everyone wants you to succeed and they are willing to meet with you as often as you'd like to help you decide if a career is good there.
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Summer Analyst

May - August 2019 • Salt Lake City, UT

What I liked

I liked being confident in my abilities even though my background isn’t in finance. I was always encouraged and applauded for being me and learning as I went. It gave me confidence that I could succeed in the industry.

What I wish was different

I wish there were more opportunities for non business majors in the recruiting process.

Advice

As long as you are willing to learn and give it everything you have, you can succeed no matter what your background is. Your unique skills are what make you valuable.
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Security Operations Intern

May - August 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

I loved working directly with a firm that is a leader in the financial industry. Everyone that I worked with was at the top of their field, incredibly helpful in helping me learn the ins and outs of what they do on a daily basis and I was able to help with work that could be influential to the markets. I also loved the connections with both full time employees and interns that I was able to make over the summer. It was a great collaborative experience and not the cut throat experience that is expected from wall street. As a Psychology major I did not feel disadvantaged at all because they teach you everything you need to know about the job on the job and my ability to learn and apply was more important than my previosu knowledge of what a derivative is.

What I wish was different

I wish that I was able to do more of the day to day work. I was on a team that was directly exposed to the markets and so I was not legally allowed to do the work that my team members did. However, I was able to shadow and do projects and reports that helped facilitate their work even though I was not the one directly working on the trades.

Advice

Work hard, take notes, and ask questions. In internships, you are not expected to know everything and if you act like you do know about something then later can not back that up you will be at a disadvantage. I would also recommend taking advantage of everything that the company has to offer with events both work and non-work related because you will meet incredible people, hear incredible stories and learn how to better your experience and your career path.
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Business Operations Intern

May - August 2019 • Dallas, TX

What I liked

The office had a great view and I had great coworkers.

What I wish was different

More clear communication of expectations

Advice

Go in with an open mind.
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Summer Analyst

May - August 2019 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

I loved the people, they were really nice and invested time to get to know me. Overall, great experience and people really care about your career development.

What I wish was different

HR was very hard to work with and not helpful.

Advice

Come prepared and work hard.
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