Externship Spotlight – OmniTRAX

Eller PDC Coordinator Student Stories

Over Winter Break more than 100 Eller students participated in Externships in the form of one-day job shadows.

Andreas ZaiAndreas Zai (Finance) shadowed James Samuelson who is the head of Mergers and Acquisitions at OmniTRAX in Denver, CO.

Why did you want to do this externship?

I am interested in pursuing a career on Wall Street, and James was a strong connection in that field and could share a considerable wealth of knowledge with me about the industry. Furthermore, I am from Denver, and I have an interest for the culture of the city and the lifestyle-oriented career that one can pursue there.

What did you do during this job shadow experience?

I spent time discussing careers with James and his coworkers as far as their overall experience, day-to-day tasks, opinion of their positions, the markets, etc. Additionally, I applied myself to a faux-research project in the afternoon and presented my findings to James at the culmination of the externship.

What did you learn as a result of the externship?

I learned a great deal about the private-equity side of Finance, the amount of work that goes into an average day, and the culture of a position in Finance. It was incredibly invigorating to spend time with a group of driven and successful individuals that shared my passion for the field. I would suggest that all students who have a love of their industry pursue an Externship through Eller. It is one of the best professional experiences I have had to date.

Photo courtesy Andreas Zai.