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By Mackenzie Riley, Eller Marketing ’14

Five Eller undergraduate members of the Investment Club received offers for internships on Wall Street this coming summer in New York.

Saleiha Mayer-Marks, Melissa Rose, Grecia Sanchez, Kevin Chai, and Andre Vidaller are off to the Big Apple this summer.

These students proved the impact of networking with Arizona alumni and using Eller resources and opportunities: Finance Immersion Day and the club’s networking trip to New York in November are paying off.

The Investment Club’s trip to New York consisted of meetings and networking events. “I got to visit with numerous firms and met people who worked in a diversity of divisions, including sales and trading, investment banking, and asset management,” Mayer-Marks explained. “Due to those meetings, I got invited to RBC super day.  I also got to do an alumni happy hour with many recent UA grads.  In that week, I learned more about the financial institutions and the jobs they provide than I had learned in months of self-study.”

Rose landed her internship after networking at the Financial Immersion Day last semester and later taking advantage of alumni connections and the Eller Professional Development Center. “I could not have gotten to this point without the immense amount of help from Eller alumni,” she said. “Keith Zusi and Stuart Kasdin interviewed me and helped me prepare the entire fall semester. Jeff Welter, an Eller alumnus who is now the career coach for finance majors in the undergraduate office, also dedicated time to helping me gain the financial knowledge I needed for my interview.”

Landing an interview was just the beginning. The interview process in finance is strenuous, Mayer-Marks explained. “In total, I went through 10 interviews over the course of two days. It was a demanding endurance test, and was very stressful, but I was confident of my abilities during the interviews.”

For Mayer-Marks, it was worth it. She accepted an internship position with Morgan Stanley, working on institutional equities. “I will be doing a 10-week internship in which I do four rotations across the equities division,” she said. “I will also attend senior management speaker series, networking events, and have a mentor designated to me.”

Rose accepted an internship with the Goldman Sachs securities division summer program, through which she will rotate through sales and trading desks at the firm. Vidallar will be with RBC Capital Markets this summer.

Sanchez was offered a position with Deutsche Bank. “The position is in corporate finance or what people usually know as investment banking. Our experience will be determined in large part by the group that we are assigned to. In particular, I would like to work in the leverage finance, mergers and acquisitions, debt capital markets, or in the financial institutions groups.”

Chai accepted a sales and trading summer internship with UBS in its equities group. “I imagine I will be working alongside salespeople and traders in a support role helping them perform due diligence, value different stocks, and prepare trade idea presentations,” he said.

Top image of New York City, NY – Aug 8 courtesy Shutterstock.