Ivana Martinez is a Marketing major who will graduate in May 2019. She interned this summer for JP Morgan Chase & Co. as the Summer Financial Analyst in Newark, Delaware.
How did you get this internship? I got my internship offer through the 2017 National ALPFA Convention in August. I was able to network and interview with the company on site, and then received my offer a couple of weeks after coming back from the convention.
What was a typical day like? I would go in to work at 8 am and work with a group of financial analysts and associates on the strategy and analytics team. I would use my lunch period to get to know other interns, and I would sometimes take a walk with full time employees throughout the day to network and get to know more about the company and the wealth of opportunities that are available. A key quality that was always a part of every day that I worked there was that I always learned something new.
What was your favorite part of the experience? My favorite part of this internship was the wealth of networking opportunities that were provided. My program was constantly organizing events to bring together all the interns and expose to senior leaders in the company. We had a speaker session with our CEO Jamie Dimon, our CIO Lori Beer, our Corporate Controller Nicole Giles, and many others. There was so much to learn from these inspirational senior leaders and it was great getting to hear them voice their opinions on our questions.
What did you find most challenging about your internship? It was challenging to be working on projects revolving data analytics and information systems since I had only been exposed to the very basics of these topics. However, it was a welcome challenge where I was constantly learning new things and expanding my skillset in a very rewarding matter.
How did Eller prepare you for your internship? Eller prepared me very well for this internship, especially in terms of presentation skills. At the end of the summer, all interns had to present to upper management about the contributions we made with the projects that we worked on, and I noticed that a lot of the other interns were not as prepared or skilled in business presentations. I was also better prepared in terms of diversity of course work. Most of the other interns were finance majors that mostly only experienced finance-related courses. Thanks to Eller, I had been exposed to the basics of marketing, operations, management, finance, accounting, and information systems- an exposure that really set me apart from the other interns.
Did your internship employer provide housing or transportation assistance? My employer provided financial assistance for housing and/or moving.