Internship Spotlight – Gilberto Valdez, Goldman Sachs

Eller PDC Coordinator Student Stories

Gilberto is a Management Information Systems major graduating in Winter of 2017. This summer, he worked for Goldman Sachs as a Private Wealth Management Intern specializing in Client Onboarding (Operations) in Salt Lake City, Utah.

How did you land this internship?

One of the most important things I realized about landing this internship was the importance of meaningful networking. Personally, I believe establishing a connection with the recruiters was essential to landing the internship. In addition, showing interest for both the job and the firm was important.

What did you find most challenging about the internship?

The most challenging thing was balancing the workload that we were assigned. For example, some accounts were of critical importance and had to be in active-trading by EOD and I also had projects with strict deadlines. The expectations of an intern were exactly the same of a Full-Time.

What advice do you have for other students seeking a similar internship?

Reach out to your respective recruiter and express your desire to work at the firm. In addition, understand what the firm actually does, how they generate revenue, and how you can help facilitate that. In addition, I would recommend any student to reach out to a full-time employee and ask them what their functions consist of. From my experience, doing this really shows the recruiters that you’re vested in the role and firm.

How did Eller prepare you for your internship?

The workload that we were assigned our first semester allows you to be familiar with the real world expectations. In addition, presentation and professional communication skills were essential to working at GS. I have to really thank my BCOM professor, Cheryl Brodersen for giving me the tools necessary to land a job at Goldman and be an asset there.