Student Spotlight: Tyler Worden, Citigroup

Eller PDC Student Stories

IMG_1424By Tyler Worden

Tyler is a junior finance and business economics double major. He is currently the Executive Vice President of the Financial Management Association. Additionally, Tyler has worked at the Economic and Business Research Center as a research assistant, a Financial Representative at Northwestern Mutual, a Brand Ambassador for Amazon.com, Inc., and is a graduate of the ELITE program.

This summer I will be doing a Summer Analyst internship in the Sales, Trading and Quantitative Analysis program at Citigroup in New York City, New York. My division is in what’s commonly referred to as “Sales and Trading”. Sales and Trading refers to the buying and selling of securities and other financial instruments. In layman’s terms, I will be what is commonly referred to as a “stock broker” or a “stock trader”.

As an intern, my chief responsibility will be aiding and assisting in the daily tasks of Analysts, Associates, Senior Vice Presidents and Managing Directors on the trading side of the business. I will have the opportunity to actively participate in the research, trading and marketing of securities to Citi’s institutional client base. Being an intern, I will rotate on three different trading desks in three separate divisions – equity, fixed income and municipals. Each three-week rotation will allow me the opportunity to gain a breadth of knowledge of the different products and services Citi provides, which will best educate me on what desk I want to work on after school.

Landing this opportunity was certainly not easy. After reaching out to Jeff Welter in the Professional Development Center in late October, he was able to put me in contact with Mark Blitzer, a UA alumni who works in Equities trading at Citi. After completing the application online, I reached out to Mark to set up an informational interview where I could learn more about Citi and its internship program. It was at this point that Mark took me under his wing and became my mentor. I would have phone conversations with Mark for 4-5 hours a week, and we would discuss global macroeconomic trends, monetary policy and its effect on trading, and other details that would be needed to succeed in the interviewing process.

After completing my first round of phone interviews with Citi analysts in late November, I was passed on to the Superday Final Round interview in February. In order to prepare for these final interviews, I worked with many individuals within Eller to best prepare myself, including Jeff Welter, Peter Corrigan, Melissa Rose, Fabio Mire and Alfonso Aceves. Without these individuals, I could not have landed this opportunity. I was flown out to New York in early February where I had five 20-minute interviews at the Citi trading floors. The next morning, I received a phone call from the HR department extending the offer to intern at Citi for the summer.

This internship will provide me a tremendous amount of opportunities and experiences that it’s almost too difficult to pick just one. I will be living in New York City, which will be quite the transition for me after being born and raised in Tucson, AZ. I will get to learn from some of the best and the brightest in the industry, meeting powerful and influential people who have become very successful in their own roles. But most importantly, I will have the opportunity to work in a field that I love and am passionate about, getting first-hand knowledge and skills that will be directly applicable to the full-time experience I am planning on pursuing.