Internship Spotlight – Joseph Martin, BlackRock

Eller PDC Coordinator Student Stories

Joseph Martin is a Finance major and will graduate in December of 2018.  He interned this summer for BlackRock as the Trading and Liquidity Strategies Intern in San Francisco, California.

How did you get this internship?  I got guidance from Jeff Welter, who put me in contact with U of A alumni at BlackRock. She helped me gear my resume to BlackRock, and members of the U of A investment club helped me prepare for the super day.

What was a typical day like? I got to work about 6:15 to get setup on my Bloomberg terminal. Throughout the day, I picked up the phone to listen in on trades as I followed along on my Bloomberg terminal. We were done by 2:30 or 3 because they stressed that they didn’t want us working overtime unless necessary. The goal was to shadow, ask questions, and demonstrate interest.

What was your favorite part of the experience? The teams I worked with were really engaged with us and wanted us to ask questions. One should know however, when to back off and let them work.

If you worked on a big project, please describe it below: We did a portfolio project to create a BlackRock product targeted at people close to retirement. We presented in a group competition. The goal was to put people with different backgrounds on a team for collaboration.

What did you find most challenging about your internship? I knew that I would take this full time job  but I also knew I was applying to other places. I really enjoyed the people I worked with, but it seemed like if i didn’t act like it was the only place for me, i might take myself out of consideration.

What advice do you have for other students looking for a similar internship? Be yourself but learn to read your team. The goal of the internship was more about fitting with the team than how much you know.

How did Eller prepare you for your internship? Reading financial news and getting familiar with one or two stocks.

Did your internship employer provide housing or transportation assistance? No, my employer did not provide any housing or transportation assistance.