Yasmine Belaoura '13
Internship Site: Merrill Lynch - New York, NY
A friend at Dickinson had previously interned at my office complex with a
different Financial Advisor. After learning that I was looking for an
internship in finance, she forwarded my resume and cover letter to him. While
he already had an intern, he liked my resume so he referred me to a fellow
advisor. After some persistence and a few interviews, I had landed my
internship at Merrill Lynch.
During my time there, I
worked on many different projects. I performed due diligence on mutual funds
that my boss’s clients held as well as on all existing mutual funds and picking
the best within each class share to see how we could improve portfolios. I also
prepared quarterly client performance reviews and prepared financial planning
reports. My favorite task was working on client portfolio profiles because it
was interesting to see how most of them were performing in this economic
The first challenge I faced at my job was the number of hours I worked per day.
It is very different from the campus atmosphere. In the interest of my strong
work ethic and making a good impression, I would spend long hours at the office
in order to finish up projects as fast and as efficiently as I could. I was
able to overcome this by learning to pace myself as well by simply adapting
myself to those hours.
The classes that prepared me most were Finance and Accounting, especially in
terms of terminology, Excel skills, best practices and much more. Also, coming
from a Liberal Arts school has served me in allowing me to be a well-rounded
individual that can use creative problem-solving techniques.
Through networking events organized by the Dickinson Career Center as well by
Merrill Lynch, I have made many contacts that can be helpful on many levels,
even if it’s just sharing a professional experience or describing a career
Tips from Yasmine:
Network as much as possible because you never know who might be able to offer
an opportunity as well as persistence and drive. When looking for an internship,
use all means available by the Dickinson Career Center as well as various
websites and individual companies’ websites as well.
*To find out more about how to get an internship, make an
appointment with a career counselor. Just call the Career Center at
717-245-1740 or stop by Biddle House.