Alexandra Andrino is a Finance Major and is graduating in December of 2018. She interned as the Investment Banking Summer Analyst for Bank of America Merrill Lynch this summer in New York City, New York.
How did you get this internship? Recruiting for this internship consisted of several months of technical interview preparation and networking. Over the course of my sophomore summer I reached out to a very large amount people at a variety of banks and got the opportunity to speak with many from Bank of America. Once I received my first round interview, the entire process from first round to offer was about 4-5 weeks.
What was a typical day like? My average day was about 15-20 hours and I worked on 7 different deals throughout the course of the summer.
In my specific group I was expected to learn how to maneuver Excel very quickly, and was immediately asked to do work in a model my first week in.
What was your favorite part of the experience? The people made my experience amazing, both the interns I was with and the full time analysts. It is crucial when recruiting for this role to do your homework on the culture of the bank and the different groups because the people are ultimately going to direct how your experience goes.
What did you find most challenging about your internship? The hardest part was making sure I didn’t get to comfortable throughout the summer and let my foot off the gas. It seriously is a 10 week sprint and you have to give it all of your effort or you won’t make the cut.
How did Eller prepare you for your internship? The Wall Street Scholars program at Eller was crucial to me learning about how to prepare for recruiting as well as introduced me to a variety of alumni that helped me with my networking.
Outside of that program, the Investments Club and my Finance courses gave me a variety of tangible skills that helped me stand out in my internship.
Did your internship employer provide housing or transportation assistance? My employer provided housing and transportation assistance.