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Bank of America

Finance Management Summer Analyst

June - August 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

I liked the people I worked with and the company's goals and values. Upper management was great at being involved in your growth.

What I wish was different

I wish I had learned more in my position. Professionals were obviously very busy so it was sometimes difficult to get new tasks or projects assigned.

Advice

Be self motivated. Find pain points within the division/job and work to make them better. Don't wait to get assigned this task.
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Technology Analyst

June - August 2019 • Pennington, NJ

What I liked

I was able to gain hands-on experience and dive into an actual project with another intern and a mentor who helped to both keep track of our progress throughout the summer and to guide us through any difficult problems that we faced. Not only was I able to attend meetings, but I got the opportunity to lead them and to present my work to senior management in NJ, NC, FL, and NY. We had events throughout the summer where we received free ice cream, free lunches, and free merchandise. We also went to happy hours and escape rooms. On top of this, the location was very close to Princeton and Palmer Square (beautiful college town), and I got to hang out with a bunch of other interns after work.

What I wish was different

There was not much that I wish could have been different, but since my dream job location is Manhattan, I do wish they would have let me relocate - but you're allowed to relocate after 12 months on the job.

Advice

I found this internship by cold-applying online through BAML's website. I know that the chances are extremely slim for such banking/tech internships when going about the process this way, but to anyone who is doubting themselves, I'd say just go for it. You never know what could happen. If you do end up going through the process and getting the internship, make the most of it - especially if you're looking for a return offer. The managers had a lot of embarrassing stories to share about previous interns taking naps or not following directions - don't be one of those interns. Engage in the work, engage with those around you, and try your best to show them your potential.
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Process Design Consultant

June - August 2019 • Charlotte, NC

What I liked

I liked the culture, people and the fact that I was in an analyst program.

What I wish was different

I wish I was on a team with other interns.

Advice

I say try and network, and get a mentor that shares similar interests or demographics as you. This will help with icebreaking and creating a long term relationship.
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Private Wealth Management Intern

May - August 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

I enjoyed learning from my team and networking with individuals at the firm.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have made more of an impact during my time in my internship.

Advice

I would advise others to network with as many individuals as they can. This opens up the door for other opportunities and helps you learn.
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Sales and Trading Summer Analyst

June - August 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

I loved the people. The culture at BofA is very collaborative, and the full-time employees really seem to care about the learning of the interns - it reminds me a lot of the culture here at Villanova.

What I wish was different

I wish there was an easier way to figure out who the Villanovans at the bank were. I probably should have done some sort of a search on LinkedIn, but after connecting with a bunch of them this summer, I wrote all of their contacts down and keep in touch.

Advice

Use the Villanova network! Villanova alumni will go to bat for you in the internship process, whether it be getting you the internship or helping you secure a full time job. They want to help, and you would be wasting one of the best resources that makes Villanova special if you did not use the alumni network.
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Data consultant

May - August 2019 • Pennington, NJ

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

One piece of advice I would share about this internship is to be as much of a sponge as humanly possible. There are always opportunities to learn, so you should take full advantage as these educational experiences are second to none.
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Seasonal Client Associate

March 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

I love the people and how many different paths there are in each career.

What I wish was different

More projects. A lot was cold calling.

Advice

Always try everything once, even if you don’t want to!
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Private Wealth Management Intern

June - August 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

- Great team and learning

What I wish was different

- Full time analyst program is too rigorous.

Advice

- Great development program
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Financial Advisor Intern

June - August 2019 • West Palm Beach, FL

What I liked

The people, everyone for the most part were very friendly and inviting. Some even went to UofM when they were in college.

What I wish was different

My FA was a pretty busy guy so sometimes I would be working with his client associate more than him.

Advice

Speak up and be professional.
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Seasonal Client

June - August 2019 • Washington, DC

What I liked

Loved working with my team and the clients.

What I wish was different

Wish my commute was a little closer but it was manageable.

Advice

Following the stock market consistently helps you learn so much about what's going on in the world.
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Client Associate

April 2019 • Lafayette, LA

What I liked

I was able to assist the financial advisors with the organization of their books of business. I worked directly with clientele regarding the status of their accounts and information to make sure everything was accurate and up to date. I made my own schedule and worked alongside the full time employees where I learned all the processes and procedures.

What I wish was different

I wish I was able to assist the advisors with more investment related work. In the coming months, I'll be involved with the analysis and offering my investment insight to advisors for individual clients.

Advice

Multitasking and follow-up are the most important aspects of working in a professional environment. You can never ask too many questions. Don't double check, triple check.
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Wealth Management Intern

May 2019 • Hartford, CT

What I liked

I loved how the team I was on had a diverse range of clients; they assisted small-medium sized businesses in their 401(k) plans, but we also had a lot of individual wealth management clients, so it was interesting to see both sides.

What I wish was different

I wish that the technology was less confusing to learn. The workstation you have is a little old and cumbersome (9 windows), and it took a while to learn where to find all of the information.

Advice

Definitely pay attention to emails from clubs that you are involved in! I found this experience through a posing on the Finance Societies email, and wouldn't have heard about it otherwise.
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Seasonal Clients

February - June 2018 • Princeton, NJ

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Great learning experience for anyone interested in wealth management. Interns work directly with a wealth management team and gain immense knowledge.
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Financial Advisor Intern

May - July 2018 • McKinney, TX

What I liked

This position was very team oriented and was a good foundation to connect classwork with real experiences.

What I wish was different

I wish that there had been a more set schedule of projects and duties.

Advice

If you are at all interested in the financial services industry this internship is a great opportunity to experience the career.
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Operations Analyst

December 2018 • Jacksonville, FL

What I liked

Bank of America has incredible resources for advancement. They also provide an array of benefits for full and part time employees. The moral is outstanding and it really makes you excited to get up go to work each day!

What I wish was different

I wish I had been able to move around to different departments, but I’m happy to be helping out one of the fastest growing teams.

Advice

Go apply for an internship!!! You won’t regret it!
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Seasonal Client Associate

May - August 2019 • Salt Lake City, UT

What I liked

I liked how my boss was very nice and used as much time as he could to teach me more about wealth management.

What I wish was different

I wish I had been able to work through the year to continue working and learning more about being a financial advisor.

Advice

When you have a summer job or internship, you should work as hard as you can to show what you can do and how much you have to offer to the company. The bosses will see your hard work and productivity.
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Finance

February 2019 • Palm Beach, FL

What I liked

I love going over numbers with clients and obtaining the best return for their portfolio.

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Get out there and don’t be afraid to move somewhere new for a good opportunity.
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Private Wealth Management Intern

June - August 2019 • Washington, DC

What I liked

I liked the location. Interns were looked after under management and recieved different forms of compensation for example food.

What I wish was different

I wished that the program was more structured and encompassed more meaningful work. It is definitely a get someone coffee or print me something type of internship.

Advice

Because you are not doing much, you have to take the initiative and do things you are not directed to do. You have to think outside the box when it comes to projects.
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Seasonal Client Associate

May 2019 • Burlington, MA

What I liked

It was a very nice environment and everyone was willing to help others so it was easier to learn how the business worked and how the applications are used. You could walk into any professionals office and they would talk to you and answer any questions that you had. The manager would bring lunch for the office a lot if we exceeded the expected number of households per month.

What I wish was different

The biggest issue was commuting to work. It was about an hour and some change to get to work due to terrible traffic in the morning. In the office there wasn't much that I can really complain about. I am still working with them and I am very happy with what I am doing and what I will continue to do. It is hard work but I am surviving and working hard.

Advice

Really one of the biggest takeaways that I got from the internship that others thinking of going into internships should think about is improving your public speaking skills and making yourself comfortable with the audience. Understanding the audience is the most important takeaway. I have many more takeaways and advice that I would be willing to share with students thinking about interning, especially with ML.
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Financial Analyst

July 2019 • Chandler, AZ

What I liked

I love having the opportunity to learn about the finance world.

What I wish was different

More detailed training regarding how the markers work

Advice

To take every day as a new learning opportunity and talk to as many people within the enterprise as you can.
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