Asma Anoohi is a MIS, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship triple major set to graduate in May 2020. This summer she interned for Goldman Sachs in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Tell us a little bit about how you landed the internship:
As I grew more interested in financial services, I reached out to Jeff Welter, who helped me a lot in navigating the space and learning about the various opportunities and career paths that were available. He encouraged me to apply to Goldman Sachs and guided me through the key milestones leading up to the internship like the HireVue (online interview) and the Superday (3 back to back, 30 minute in-person interviews).
What was a typical day at your internship like?
A typical day would start at 7am, where I’d spend the first 30 minutes – 1 hour catching up on emails and planning for the day or week. This would typically be the time where I’d reach out to people within the firm and set 1-on-1 informational interviews. I’d then spend the majority of the day working on various Alteryx projects assigned by my team. Often, I’d meet with someone new from a different division or function within the firm, or we’d have a workshop where the interns would learn about new skills, lines of work, or future opportunities.
What was your favorite part of the internship?
My favorite part of my internship was working with my team and building functioning Alteryx macros. It challenged me to problem solve, think critically, and collaborate with different people around the office. I also enjoyed learning more about the company and seeing what opportunities I’d have to grow within the firm.
What are a few things you learned?
I learned that asking questions was a key part of succeeding at Goldman Sachs. It encouraged curiosity and broke down barriers between individuals in different levels at the company, which I really appreciated. On a more technical note, I learned how to use Alteryx which is a data handling and analytics tool, which I found to be really helpful as it taught me many transferrable skills.
What advice you have for other students looking for a similar internship?
My biggest piece of advice would be to leverage the resources available at Eller, and a huge component of that is the career coaching team. They have so much knowledge about application processes, and specifics on how different companies recruit, so make sure to reach out to your career coach! I would also advise students to apply to companies that they’re truly interested in and ones whose values align with their own. People and culture are a significant part of your experience at a company so do your best to find the companies that match with your interests!
How did Eller prepare you for your internship?
Having gone through the first semester experience as well as the New Venture Development Program, I was comfortable speaking in front of a large group of people, and I think that was consistent among all the Eller interns. I also think that networking was a huge part of learning about Goldman and having been exposed to various networking opportunities at Eller helped significantly during my internship.