Posted on Thursday, July 25, 2013
HWS students Cat Gorman '15, Bowen Wang '14, Ruiting "Brezeck" Wang '14 and alum Adam Green '12 have each taken a major step toward fulfilling their career aspirations since securing much sought after internships this summer with JPMorgan Chase.
In early June, the group of four headed to New York City where they are interning as summer analysts, working in their respective assignments in either the Investment Banking Risk or Asset Management Risk divisions of J.P. Morgan.
"Internships with J.P. Morgan are highly competitive and only the most talented and brightest students are selected," says Vice President of Enrollment and Dean of Admissions Bob Murphy. "Senior management at JPMorgan Chase, including John Hogan '88, Eric Stein '89, Tom Schmidt '88, and Chapin Bates '81, P'09 have been instrumental over the years in providing HWS students with industry insights and guidance in preparation of careers in finance."
A dedicated alum who has generously offered his time to students and the Colleges for several years, Hogan is the first recipient of the HWS Career Services Award bestowed by the Hobart and William Smith Board of Trustees.
Joining the ranks of a select number of HWS students previously accepted to J.P. Morgan internships, this year's students credit the opportunities they've had at the Colleges for helping them land the coveted summer positions.
"This opportunity matched my career aspirations because I've always known that I wanted to work in the financial industry for its competitive nature, the constant challenges, and the fast-paced work environment," says Gorman, who is the first sophomore from HWS accepted as a J.P. Morgan intern. "This internship is a huge step in my career path and will help lead me to a successful job because of the knowledge I will gain, the networking that will be available, and the great experience of being in that work environment."
Gorman says her education and the resources offered by HWS were essential in helping her land the internship. She says insights shared by Murphy and the staff at The Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development, and her coursework at HWS each played a significant role in getting her ready to become an intern for J.P. Morgan. She says her classes particularly provided the academic backbone and the pertinent information that's necessary for gaining a competitive edge when competing for internships in finance.
For Brezeck, who majors in mathematics, HWS offered the perfect mix to set his career goals in motion.
"I've been dedicated to pursuing a financial career for a long time. Every winter, I join the group of HWS students on the annual Finance Experience trip to New York City. I've visited various financial firms, including J.P. Morgan and I've learned a lot about them, helping to establish many connections with HWS alums." Brezeck says. "Importantly, Career Services at HWS is easily the best in the nation. They have helped me a lot, from resume reviewing to interview preparation. They do a brilliant job in maintaining relationships with major alums in firms like J.P. Morgan, so each year students get these opportunities."
Bowen, a double major in economics and mathematics, agrees that his time at HWS and the Finance Experience helped to influence his professional goals. In addition, Bowen says he knows that the summer internship with J.P. Morgan is an incredible opportunity.
"When I went on the HWS finance trip, I was inspired to seek out this summer opportunity at J.P. Morgan. HWS alums from J.P. Morgan organized a great presentation and they also were extremely helpful when I was preparing for my interviews," Bowen says. "I also never could have achieved this without the help of the Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development. They have done their best to bring alums back to campus and to help make valuable connections with them."
Green made preparations for the internship while he attended the Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester while working on his MBA with a concentration in finance and corporate accounting.
"I've always wanted a job that stimulates me intellectually and offers a continuous learning curve," Green says. "In finance, the playing field changes every day as new information becomes available and as situations evolve. This gives you a chance to think creatively about each new scenario. That's what will keep me coming in every day."
Green says that landing the summer internship would have been very difficult if it were not for his HWS experience.
"I think that, above all, my time at HWS taught me how to solve problems and source information efficiently by thinking critically," he says. "Beyond that, the career support has been outstanding. Between the face time with alums that HWS offers and the personal approach and commitment of the faculty and professionals in Career Services, I don't think that I would have landed this opportunity without their time and assistance."
Steph Annear, assistant director for Career Services, says through the Colleges' strong and dedicated network of alums, amazing opportunities are made available to students. This year's group of interns took major steps to make the possibilities a reality.
"They all worked incredibly hard to earn these internships, but none of it would have been possible without our very strong and loyal HWS network within J.P. Morgan," Annear says. "Our alums helped these candidates at every turn and we are so lucky to have such an invested and helpful network of supporters based in New York City."
About the Interns:
Cat Gorman '15 is a member of the William Smith lacrosse team and is employed in both the Office of Admissions and at the Salisbury Center for the Career Services and Professional Development.
Ruiting "Brezeck" Wang '14 is a co-founder of the HWS Investment Club and he plays intramural basketball. Through the Colleges, he has participated in various finance-related activities, including Early Leaders Case Competition of Simon School of Business, and CME Group Commodities Trading Challenge.
Bowen Wang '14 is the recipient of the Irving Bentsen '54 Prize of Mathematics and Computer Science Department and a Hobart International Student Scholarship. He is a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. Bowen studied abroad in Brussels, Belgium, where he worked at KPMG Advisory. Prior to that, he interned at Oakum Bay Capital, LLC, conducting research and building models on various investments for the portfolio manager. He also has worked on the trading floor at Bank of China dealing with various markets.
During his time at HWS, Adam Green '12 was active in student government, including Student Court and Budget Allocation Committee. He also was a member of Chi Phi, where he was the secretary and treasurer. Green was a member of the Omicron Delta Epsilon honor society and on the Dean's List.