This summer I interned for a second time at Goldman Sachs in New York City in the Securities (sales & trading) division. I spent the majority of my ten-week internship working on a credit structuring desk that sits on the fixed income trading floor. My desk creates new esoteric credit products and trades and then sells them to our clients, which include hedge funds, asset managers, insurance companies and banks. We also work very closely with the investment banking division to think about how to structure these new securities to maximize return for our clients and make them attractive to investors.
My days on the desk were typically split between assisting my team with ongoing deals and working on my own long-term projects. I spent a lot of time in Excel building cash flow models, and I frequently helped produce the investor marketing materials for the securities we were developing. I even got to come along to numerous client meetings and events. Additionally, I was given a lot of freedom to work on projects of my own interest – my final project was on solar energy financing and securitization.
There were plenty of dinners, off-site trips and evening events that made the internship enjoyable outside to office as well. After working at Goldman for two summers I have developed plenty of lifelong friendships with other interns and analysts, and I am excited to be joining the firm full-time next summer in the 2016 Analyst class.
For the summer of 2015, I worked as a summer analyst at Goldman Sachs. The group I worked in, Alternative Investments and Manager selection within the Investment Management Division, focuses on hedge funds, private equity, and real estate products and solutions for clients. I had the opportunity to rotate on a client portfolio solutions team, and hedge fund strategies team during my summer internship. I completed compelling projects, met great people, and had a fantastic experience at the firm!
I interned as a software engineer at Microsoft this past summer in their Redmond, WA campus. I worked for the Office team and my role was to initiate the transition of their version control system (i.e. collaboration tools used by engineers) within the organization. This improved the scalability and flexibility of Office's engineering system, and I had the opportunity to demo my project in front of managers at the end of my internship. My code has since been deployed and multiple engineers will be continuing the work that I began this summer.
In addition to the core internship itself, I also participated in Microsoft's global hackathon and built a project for the Microsoft Band that focused on personal security. My team won an award for the Wearable Technology category and received the attention and support of several senior leaders. We were also mentored by one of the most powerful women in the tech industry, and our demo video will be played at a conference with the attendance of Maria Klawe (Microsoft Board member, President of Harvey Mudd College, and #17 on Fortune’s “World's 50 Greatest Leaders”). Some other highlights include meeting Microsoft's executive leadership team and standing in the front row at a private concert with Maroon 5!
Pursuing my interests in healthcare and substance abuse treatment, I spent this summer working at The Miriam Hospital’s Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine on a study investigating smoking cessation outcomes in Emergency Department patients. As a research intern to the Project Director, my responsibilities included conducting regular follow-up questionnaires concerning participants’ current smoking behaviors and efforts to quit, as well as coding and entering all data into electronic records. I also provided assistance with tasks related to participant recruitment, enrollment, and compensation.
During my internship, I had the opportunity to observe and learn from many research professionals in the field of behavioral medicine. Their remarkable work in exploring new methods of care has affirmed my own interest in the field. More importantly, I interacted with patients from all backgrounds and with varied medical histories. I have gained a better understanding of the personal and environmental obstacles participants face when attempting to end their use of tobacco products. Furthermore, in speaking with both participants and researchers, I have gained insight into the complex factors that bring patients into the ED and the challenges ED providers face in giving smoking intervention while treating patients for related or unrelated health problems.
Because of my wonderful experience this summer, I will continue to work at the Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine during the 2015-2016 academic year. I look forward to taking on new responsibilities, such as recruiting eligible participants in the ED, administering baseline assessments, and working with the research team to increase the amount of data available for final analysis.