Whether you’ve recently wrapped a summer analyst program or internship or are positioning yourself for one next summer, that avenue is your best bet to land a job as a full-time investment banking analyst after you graduate. That said, there are various ways into an investment banking role.
The following are some potentially useful or interesting lessons from Citi’s 2016 full-time analyst class in the U.S.
1. It pays off to do an internship within Citi
Louis Rosenberg graduated with a B.S. in finance from Penn State’s Smeal College of Business, where he participated in the Nittany Lion Fund, Sapphire Leadership Program, Wall Street Boot Camp, Rogers Family Trading Room Internship, Penn State Investment Association and Penn State Center for Mergers and Acquisitions. He worked as a summer analyst at FBR Capital Markets before working as a sales and trading summer analyst at Citi last year.
Steven DiBella graduated with a B.S. in finance from Lehigh University. He worked as an assistant soccer coach and instructor before working as a summer analyst at CCMP Capital Advisors and, last year, Citi.
2. Interning at competitors can work for you, too
Dan Mauri got a bachelor of business administration with a dual concentration of finance and international business from the George Washington University School of Business, where he was the director of the Finance of Entrepreneurship club. He interned at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and UBS before working as a summer analyst at Neuberger Berman last year.
3. Corporate experience also looks good
Giuseppe Castelli graduated with honors from Syracuse University with a double major in global political economy and finance and real estate, where he was a senior analyst for the Orange Value Fund. He worked as a global FP&A summer analyst at GE and, last year, as a sales and trading summer analyst at Citi. He’s also passed the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s Series 7 and Series 63 exams.
Lars Lopatka graduated with a B.B.A. in finance and accounting from the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business, where he participated in the Ross Real Estate Club and Michigan Economics Society. He was a summer analyst at Hyatt Hotels Corp. before working as a summer analyst at Citi last year.
4. Passing industry exams makes your resume more impressive
Riko Mochizuki participated in Deutsche Bank’s early career program before enrolling in Manhattan College, where she graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in finance and economics. She was also a member of the Financial Management Association and the president Manhattan College Investment Club and participated in the New York College Fed Challenge. She completed a pre-MBA summer program at the University of Navarra’s IESE Business School and passed the CFA Level I exam. She was a market strategy intern at National Securities, an independent broker-dealer, and last year worked as a sales and trading summer analyst at Citi.
Brian Graziano graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in philosophy, politics and economics from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the 2016 co-winner of the Award for Academic Excellence in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He interned at Wasserman Media Group and the Heritage Foundation before serving as a summer analyst at Citi last year. He passed Finra’s Series 79 and Series 63 exams.
5. Being able to speak multiple languages is an asset
Jerry Zhang graduated with a B.S. in business and hotel administration, finance and accounting from Cornell University, where he was a lead teaching assistant of corporate finance and participated in the Astronomical Society, Cornell Center for Finance, Spanish Language House Program, Real Estate Club, Fishing Club and track and field. He studied abroad with New York University’s program in Shanghai, China. Zhang interned in the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China’s New York office, worked as a summer analyst at CITIC Securities International and Goldman Sachs, was a winter intern at J.P. Morgan and last year worked as a summer analyst at Citi.
6. Yes, it helps to be an athlete and participate in investment clubs
Matthew Dezenzo graduated with a bachelor of science in business administration in finance Track with a minor in technology and policy from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business. As well the Tartan Student Fund, he was also a member of the varsity swimming and diving club, Undergraduate Investment Club and Undergraduate Finance Association. He was a summer analyst at Citi last year.
Alex Liebert earned a B.S. in finance with a minor in economics from Fordham University, where he was the vice president of the Investment Banking Society and a Gabelli EDGE Tutor, was a member of Finance Scholars, Beta Alpha Psi Business Honor Society and Alternative Investment Club and played lacrosse. He was a summer analyst at Citi last year.
7. But other societies such as student government show that you’re a ‘well-rounded’ leader
Subeg Singh graduated with a B.S. in finance and accounting from New York University’s Stern School of Business, where he was a Student Council Class Representative and participated in the Stern Investment Analysis Group, Finance Society and NYU United Sikh Association. He interned at Smyth Associates and Northwestern Mutual, was a hedge fund analyst at Mercer ADR and worked as a summer analyst last year at Citi.
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