Internship Spotlight – Nicole Jenkins, JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Eller PDC Coordinator Student Stories

Nicole Jenkins is an Accounting and Entrepreneurship major set to graduate in May of 2020.  She has been offered an internship position at JP Morgan Chase & Co. as a Global Finance & Business Management Summer Analyst in New York City, New York.

How did you find this position?

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Tell us about the process of interviewing with this company.

Shortly after applying through Handshake in September, I received an email from JPMorgan asking me to complete a digital interview through HireVue. About a month later, I received another email inviting me to attend a Super Day at the JPMorgan Chase office in Brooklyn, New York.

The whole Super Day experience really took me by surprise. I assumed it would be a much more formal environment, but everyone was so friendly and laid-back; it wasn’t at all like I expected. The Super Day consisted of several short presentations and networking in the morning, followed by two interviews. Both of the interviews were very conversational as opposed to behavioral or technical.

I left feeling pleasantly surprised about JPMorgan and its company culture, and confident about my interview performance. I spent the rest of the afternoon touring Brooklyn with a few other candidates before flying home. Less than a week later, I received my offer.

What previous experience have you had that you think contributed to your success securing this position? (ex. campus involvement, leadership, past internship)

There are several factors that I believe contributed to my success in securing this position. A big factor was applying to as many internships as I could find. Last year, I applied to every company that would accept sophomores because I wanted to get my foot in the door when it came to gaining internship experience and applying for internships junior year. I ended up interviewing and accepting an offer with Nationwide Insurance for the summer of 2018. While that wasn’t at all in my field of interest, it was a great experience to intern for a large company and learn about a different industry.

Accordingly, at the start of my junior year, I applied for every internship I was remotely interested in. I interviewed with six different companies in a variety of different industries and had the opportunity to travel to various cities. By the time I interviewed with JPMorgan, the nerves were gone and I was confident in my abilities.

Another contributing factor is my position as the Student Accounting Assistant for the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship. Over the past year and a half, this job has helped me strengthen my communication and networking skills as well as my analytical abilities, all of which played a large role in getting me where I am today.

What are you most looking forward to about your position/company?

I am looking forward to gaining real-world knowledge and relevant experience through the exploration of global finance. I cannot wait to create new relationships/connections, and to experience work and life in New York City. I think doors will be opened to a myriad of opportunities throughout my summer with JPMorgan.

Any word of advice you could give to your fellow Eller Students?

If I could give any piece of advice to other Eller students, it would be this:

Apply for as many externships/internships, do as many interviews, and attend as many networking events as you can. The more you push yourself out of your comfort zone, the more you’ll grow personally and professionally. You only have a few years here; make them count!