Summer Internship

Oct 21, 2010   //   by Tolzien   //   Behind the Scenes  //  No Comments

 10/17/10 

So…. all of you were wondering what my “summer internship” was this summer.  First of all, an internship is a job.  It is a job that is not permanent; it only lasts for a short while.  It gives you a chance to experience what it would be like to work for that company.  I guess you could say that it is a practice job.  Many college students do job internships in the summer when they have free time.  It gives them a chance to try out what they want to do for a job when they graduate from college.  While college is important because of all the subjects that you learn about, this work experience allows you to learn specific skills for specific jobs.  The other nice thing is that many companies will pay you money if you do an internship with them. 

My internship this past summer was at Merrill Lynch.  I worked from June until August (about 7 weeks).  I would work from 8 a.m. until noon Monday through Thursday.  So it was only a part-time internship (it did not last all day long).  The office building that I worked in was only a 10 minute walk from my apartment. 

The team I worked for: Ryan, Terry, Tom, and Gina.

So what did I do while I was working?  I worked with a team of  four Merrill Lynch people (pictured below).  They were all financial advisors.  This means that they are paid to manage other people’s money.  They help others make more money with the money that they already have and make sure that their clients don’t go broke.  I got to do all kinds of interesting things and I really learned a lot.  I got to sit in meetings to hear about new strategies about money-making, I got to listen to conference calls between other Merrill Lynch workers around the country to hear about their ideas, and I got to do hands-on work like plugging numbers into the company computers and even got to devise my own personal money portfolio.  The best part of the whole experience was getting to work with Ryan, Terry, Tom, and Gina above.  They were really nice and taught me a whole lot about this type of work.  I was intimidated when I first started the intership because I didn’t think I knew enough about accounting and finance, or managing money, but they really welcomed me and helped me along the way. 

The other interns along with myself were Culmer St. Jean and Blake Sorensen.  Culmer was born in Haiti, an island in the Caribbean Sea, and grew up in Naples, Florida.  He wears #15 for the Badgers.  Blake is from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and wears #9 for the Badgers.  I visited Blake’s house this summer for the Fourth of July and got to go out on his boat.  It was a lot of fun going to work with these guys everyday.  We had a lot of fun together and we were able to learn lots from each other along the way.

Here are a few pictures from my Merrill Lynch experience.

Me with Culmer and Blake, the other two interns that I worked with

Me on top of the Capitol Building. The black building in the background is the Merrill Lynch office building and in the far back is Lake Mendota

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