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Goldman Sachs

Investment Banking Analyst Intern

May - August 2018 • Salt Lake City, UT

What I liked

I liked the opportunity to learn more about banking and have hands-on experiences working with other analysts and actual companies. The pay was good, and they gave us a company credit card that we could use for dinner every night, if we stayed late enough.

What I wish was different

The hours were horrendous. Interns worked between 80-120 hours a week, and that's common for actual analysts, as well. Even when you got home, you had a downloaded app on your phone that updated you with emails that had attached work that still needed to be finished, even if you just worked a 17 hour day. You had to be accessible and able to work 24/7.

Advice

Take accounting, finance, and especially Excel classes! You need background knowledge in all of these areas, and those who were proficient at Excel did very well and had a shorter learning curve than the rest of the group.
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Securities Summer Analyst

June - August 2018 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Rigor, competitiveness, learning environment

What I wish was different

Less hours, more guidance for tasks

Advice

Be open and always have a back-up plan
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Summer Analyst (Investment Banking)

May - August 2018 • San Francisco, CA

What I liked

Great deal flow and interesting deal composition

What I wish was different

Wish I had a chance to meet with management of a company we were working with.

Advice

Approach with the assumption that you are all in for your job, so you will not be disappointed by the commitment you make to the firm.
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Intern

May - August 2018 • Dallas, TX

What I liked

I loved how the internship was an inclusive experience and I learned how the corporate world functions in the global economy.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Summer Analyst

June - August 2018 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Really great network of people, including Penn alums Great balance between working on individual skills and non-work related workshops and talks

What I wish was different

Advice

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Analyst (Investment Banking)

June - August 2018 • New York City, NY

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

You have to prep a lot on your own to prepare for interviews!
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Human Capital Management Intern

May - August 2018 • Salt Lake City, UT

What I liked

I loved the opportunity to network with extremely intelligent, motivated, and qualified employees. I enjoyed working on projects with full-time employees that have a meaningful impact on the future of the firm. The mentoring was wonderful and I am excited to have received a full-time offer. Compensation was very competitive.

What I wish was different

I wish it could have been longer.

Advice

Working at a large firm that knows what they are doing is extremely beneficial. UVU students shouldn't be scared to apply to competitive internships. I believe a key factor in obtaining the internship was my course work and my previous internship.
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Securities Summer Analyst

June - August 2018 • New York City, NY

What I liked

The network and people at the firm were fantastic. The rotational structure offered multiple opportunities to learn about the entire division.

What I wish was different

I can't think of anything

Advice

Prepare with general market information and reach out to alumni
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Private Wealth Management Intern

June - August 2018 • Atlanta, GA

What I liked

Exposure to various different investments, access to the firm's broad resources

What I wish was different

I wish there wasn't a 12 hour limit for hours in the office (it's a loose limit). There is a huge benefit to having more time to further learn the company's resources and complete tasks more fully.

Advice

It is a great internship if you are interested in finance but don't know what exactly you want to do.
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Summer Analyst

May - August 2018 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Working with experienced developers and learning from them.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more time to further develop the product I was working on.

Advice

One should take their time at the beginning of their internship to adjust.
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Summer Analyst

June - August 2018 • Chicago, IL

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

I would advise people to network and discuss their future career desires with as many people as possible because you never know who will help.
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Investment Banking Summer Analyst - Real Estate Group

June - August 2017 • New York City, NY

What I liked

I grew more (both personally and professionally) in the 10 weeks I spent at Goldman than I have in any other 10-week period in my life. The culture at GS pushes you to define your best self and be that person constantly. I completed a number of value-add deliverables -- there is no busy work here.

What I wish was different

There is still a very hierarchical culture in investment banking and at GS, specifically. At times, this created unnecessary inefficiencies. For example, let's say I am the subject matter expert on a particular potential acquisition opportunity for a client because I did all of the research and put together the materials for the slide deck. When the VP asks a question on the team call, I am unable to answer because my line is muted (and I am expected not to comment) and my Analyst/Associate are unable to answer because they do not have the background on the matter. Occurrences like this were frustrating because I felt that my team was not thinking as critically about solutions for the client as we could, simply because of job titles.

Advice

Keep your head up and realize that your own self-doubt is your biggest enemy. Don't let your mind convince you that you're performing worse than you are. You should always feel the intrinsic pressure to improve your work product, but try not to let your inevitable fumbles bring down your morale. If you will it, you can do it. Perhaps most important to recognize is the idea that PERCEPTION IS REALITY. I heard this advice from many people throughout the course of my summer. This means that the way people perceive you matters more than what you believe to be true about yourself. Be strategic in shaping these perceptions. Maintain a personal brand that is steadfast and palatable to many.
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HCM Summer Analyst

May - August 2017 • Salt Lake City, UT

What I liked

I liked that I was given a good mix of freedom and required assignments. I had 5 projects that were assigned and had to dedicate some time to those but the way I spent the rest of my time was up to me.

What I wish was different

I wish we would have had more intern community events.

Advice

Meet as many people and have meaningful conversations with them and go to every event (speaker series, fun event, etc.). Have the mindset of not wanting to regret not attending something.
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Fixed Income Strat

June - August 2017 • New York City, NY

What I liked

The people were so willing to teach and everyone wanted to help me find the best team and role for me.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have known more about the business going in.

Advice

Don't be afraid to tell people exactly what you want out of a job - if you are good, they want to help you achieve that!
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Summer Analyst

June - August 2017 • Dallas, TX

What I liked

Amazing perspective on many different aspects and asset classes in Real Estate

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Write down everything
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Summer Analyst

June - August 2017 • New York City, NY

What I liked

good training and work experience for a role in investment management

What I wish was different

a bit more transparency with offer timelines

Advice

Be a self starter and try to take initiative and jump on projects that genuinely interest you
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Operations Intern

May - August 2017 • Salt Lake City, UT

What I liked

Good experience

What I wish was different

Terrible hours, responsibility of a full time employee from day one that includes the danger of messing something up, and completely monotonous tasks day in and day out.

Advice

If you aren’t about a 55-60 work week, boring daily tasks, and excruciatingly boring meetings for interns looks somewhere else.
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Analyst

June - August 2017 • Chicago, IL

What I liked

The responsibility given to me, as well as the actual work helping clients meet their goals.

What I wish was different

I wish I was able to attend a client meeting.

Advice

Work hard, check your work multiple times, and admit to mistakes right away.
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Summer Analyst

June - August 2017 • New York City, NY

What I liked

good experience and training for a role in IMD

What I wish was different

a bit more transparency for the offer timeline

Advice

Be a self starter and take initiative and try to jump on projects that genuinely interest you
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summer analyst

June - August 2017 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Learning experience, exposure

What I wish was different

Advice

talk to as many people as you can
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