Alyssa Janakus is a Finance major set to graduate in May 2020. This summer she interned for RBC Capital Markets as an Investment Banking Summer Analyst in New York, New York.
How did you get this internship?
I first became interested in Finance careers after joining the Investments Club sophomore year. I became a member of the Wall Street Scholars program during my sophomore year and received my internship after being mentored by other students in the program and networking with alumni.
What was a typical day like?
A typical day in my internship included working deliberately and effectively across multiple teams, interacting regularly with the other interns, collaborating with other teams in the investment banking division, and actively catering to the needs of clients by completing projects.
What was your favorite part of the experience?
My favorite part of the experience was the insanely steep learning curve. I was immediately integrated into teams my first day on the job, and was expected to function as a full-time Analyst by the end of the internship. This expectation insinuated the need to thoroughly learn the tasks of the job and fully understand the needs of the team.
If you worked on a big project, please describe it below:
My first day of the internship, I began assisting one of our clients in issuing $4.5 billion worth of debt to help finance their business operations. We finished the transaction within 5 days of my first day on the desk, and it was an amazing experience to assist one of our best clients while getting experience on a live deal.
What did you find most challenging about your internship?
During my internship, I found the most challenging part to be working on multiple different projects across various teams and meeting every deadline accordingly. I will say that this aspect of the internship became easier as the summer progressed.
What advice do you have for other students looking for a similar internship?
The best piece of advice I can give to students looking for similar internships is to always keep a positive attitude no matter the circumstance, and never turn down the opportunity to learn by taking on a new project or get to know someone at your firm by reaching out and networking.
How did Eller prepare you for your internship?
Eller prepared me for my internship not only through the curriculum covered in my classes, but also through my various club involvements and hearing advice from the Eller staff.
Anything else you would like to share about your internship experience?
My internship was one of the best experiences ever, I am so excited to be returning full time next year!