Internship Spotlight – Gunnar Samuelson, Goldman Sachs

Eller PDC Coordinator Student Stories

Gunnar Samuelson is an Economics major set to graduate in December 2019.  This summer he interned for Goldman Sachs as a Summer Analyst in Salt Lake City, Utah.

How did you get this internship?

Last fall a representative of Goldman Sachs came in and spoke in my finance 360 class. During his presentation I wrote down a few notes and sent him an email to set a phone call to talk about some of the ideas I had. After the phone call I submitted an application and a few days later got an email to record an online interview. After that they flew me out to have a super day (3-4, back to back interviews), and the next morning received a call saying I got the offer.

If you worked on a big project, please describe it below:

In the beginning of the summer they broke our intern class up into groups for a summer project. My team’s project was to automate a daily report that took an hour to run, using an internally developed self service tool. This project increased efficiency by 15%, and helped to further integrate technology into finance.

What advice do you have for other students looking for a similar internship?

My advice would be to network as much as you can. This gives you a much wider range of contacts to reach out to. This allows you to learn more about a field that you come across that may be interesting to you, but don’t feel comfortable committing to you. Lastly, be involved in clubs, events, Greek life, etc. as much as you can, not only does it look good on a resume but it teaches you new things and how to interact with different types of people.

How did Eller prepare you for your internship?

The PDC was a great resource to help prepare for interviews, resume help, and guidance to help you find the right career for you. I met with Jeff Welter a number of times and he was a great resource for advice on how to get into Wall Street and the finance industry, as well as any questions I had after that. We also had to do a few presentations over the summer on the progress of our project, and BCOM 314 could not have prepared me better. Mikel Chertudi was my teacher and the advice and guidance he taught me helped me so much.