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Financial markets and investment strategy can seem pretty abstract when you’re learning about them in a classroom. But when you intern with investment firms and put that knowledge to use, those concepts become concrete.
That’s what happened to Sean Gormley, an ASU junior finance, accounting and economics major, and honors student in Barrett, The Honors College.
“Internships have allowed me to apply what I have learned in class to the real world and further my skills. I have expanded and solidified my understanding of finance and learned how concepts are applied in practical settings,” Gormley said.
He has assisted teams in preparing financial models for clients, drafting sales pitches for financial products and engaging in customer service. He will be involved with a team that focuses on commercial real estate sale and lease back transactions this spring.
Likely the most exciting event in his financial services internship career has been a visit to Wall Street where he met and networked with professionals in the field.
Gormley’s interest in finance was nurtured by his membership in the Investment Banking Industry Scholars (IBIS) professional development organization at the W.P. Carey School of Business. His status as an honors student also has helped propel him into internship opportunities.
“The Barrett name is recognized on the professional landscape and that has helped my competitive positioning through these processes. It also has been very rewarding to be involved with IBIS, which is largely comprised of honors students. It has been a robust and engaging learning environment,” he said.
Gormley, who is set to graduate in 2014, currently is interviewing for banking analyst internship positions with multi-national firms. His goal after graduating is to land in an investment banking analyst program with a major investment firm in New York.