Internship Spotlight – Tristan Joslin, Morningstar Inc.

Eller PDC Coordinator Student Stories

Tristan Joslin is an Economics major set to graduate in December of 2020.  This summer he interned for Morningstar Inc. in Sydney, Australia.

If you worked on a big project during your internship, please describe what you did to help.

I worked on a number of different projects throughout my time with Morningstar, however I did
have one main project that I spent the bulk of my time and energy on over the past eight weeks.
I worked with a team of other interns to compile a database of every financial adviser in
Australia that included all of the relevant information about them. My fellow interns and I
searched government registries and company websites to find contact info for all of these
advisers and then we put it all into an excel spreadsheet. The main goal of this project was to be
able to create tool for Morningstar to better store data and track adviser movement throughout
the different dealer groups throughout Australia.

What did you find most challenging about your internship?

The most challenging part of my internship was trying to learn all the different company goals,
products, and services. It was no easy task, but I was able to become certified in Morningstar’s
flagship software, Morningstar Direct. I also had to understand what the company’s goals were
and how they wanted to achieve them. In addition to all of this, I had to understand the office
culture and the way things worked, as well as what exactly was the meaning of the words my
boss and other employees were using in their day to day work.

What advice do you have for other students that are also considering interning abroad?

I would recommend all other students to take the opportunity to study or intern abroad if it
presents itself to them. Interning abroad was a great experience and I feel that I learned a lot of
valuable skills that I could apply to any future career. It was also very interesting to immerse
myself in a different culture and to see and do thing that I normally wouldn’t at home.

How did Eller (or your previous coursework) prepare you for your internship?

The previous coursework that I have taken at the University of Arizona and Eller helped me
immensely to be prepared for my internship. I felt that the MIS classes I have taken were very
helpful in learning the software I needed to succeed at my internship. I also felt that my BNAD
and statistics classes that I took were very helpful.