Academic Year 2015-16 Intern
Interning at the Office of Investments was an exceptional experience and added a valuable practical perspective to my theory-heavy finance coursework. During my internship, I worked on both smaller, specific assignments as well as more open-ended and self-guided projects, and with most tasks I had the freedom to figure out for myself how to create and execute the deliverable, which made my work that much more interesting. Whether it was reconciling financial statements or investigating long-lived funds, I always felt my work was highly relevant and helping me develop a better sense of the complexities of institutional investing. Moreover, my time at the Office of Investments was uniquely rewarding in the big-picture sense of being able to contribute to the team whose work with the Endowment makes possible so many of the University’s student programs and resources.
Advice to Future Interns
One of the biggest perks of the position is the multitude of opportunities you’ll have to learn, so take full advantage of that! Be inquisitive and ask questions–everyone at the office is more than happy to chat with you about their work and yours—but also be resourceful and take the initiative to look for answers yourself whenever you can.
American Enterprise Institute, Summer 2015