Graham Center – Consulting and Financial Services Private Equity Internship

Graham Center – Consulting and Financial Services Private Equity Internship


This internship was an incredible opportunity to go to school and work on a project within an industry that not many students are
exposed to. I was interested in this internship because it gave me an opportunity to branch into a new
field. Consulting, private equity, financial services, are things that students aren’t often exposed to
because they’re things that you do after you graduate. Having the team approach to this
internship was amazing. Having an engineering professor,
Amy, she had the whole professional aspect of it down. She knew how to talk to our
representative over conference call. She knew how to
compose the emails. It goes back and forth,
nature’s way… And then having Ali was also a
great aspect, because he had so many different
resources. He could explain the business
aspects of the different companies. I think the slight twenty one
is too busy. I had
confidence
that they
would be
able to do the job
well, And it was a good opportunity
for me, as well, to work with my fellow faculty member who’s from
the business department in marketing. So, he brought a factor that
I didn’t, and together we worked with a
very engaged client. What I learned is that my
students, undergraduate students, who could actually perform this. It gave me a quite a bit of confidence that what our
students
accomplish in this
project, and then now I’m in a better position to see
what my students can do in future projects. It was very fortunate that our
students, as undergraduates had the opportunity to work
with our client on a project that previously had been done by graduate level students from
schools such as, The Tuck School at Dartmouth
and Wharton at Penn. And working with the Graham
Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies, gave me an opportunity to work
with them beyond the classroom. The Graham Center provided us
the opportunity to go with the industry partner to a trade show
right outside of Manhattan. We were able to attend this
conference as a result of the generosity of a visionary
endowment for The Graham Center. Being able to interface with
people directly at that tradeshow, Koven and I, incredible opportunity. And
Koven and I would bounce off of each other. The tradeshow experience was a wonderful experience. Going into it, I was very nervous because you’re
going up to these random strangers and just trying to get
information about their company, and having that aspect and that
confidence, going out of it, that you can do that, and you
can just walk up to it. At the end, we were so confident
and we were really getting so much valuable information. The most valuable skill that I
gained from this internship, I would say is
definitely working in a group,. Being able to
delegate the work, and work together, especially
when he isn’t here sometimes, and
I’m here sometimes, is definitely one of the biggest
skills, and through the opportunity that
was provided by The Graham Center and our
industry partner. There’s so many experiences
that I think I’ve gained from this that it’s,
it’s hard to quantify how much it’s going to help me because we can go far. Further than I think we
originally thought we could.

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