Hometown: Corpus Christi, TX
College: Harvard, Economics
Pre-Business School: Attorney
Summer Internship: Goldman Sachs - Investment Banking Associate
Post-Anderson: Bank of America Merrill Lynch
What did you want to be growing up? Teacher, because I was a nerd who loved school and learning, and I was lucky enough to have mostly amazing teachers. But despite the nice linearity of this dream and career progression, most of the time I had no idea what I wanted to do. Journalist and astrophysicist were also high on the list.
Why Investment Banking? It's a great mix of financial analytics and client-facing interactions.
Why Business School? I wanted to transition to a career in finance.
Why Anderson? I wanted to relocate to Southern California and Anderson offered a great finance education as well as access to important employers in the financial world.
Anderson Activities & Leadership: ACT Coach for Investment Banking; Vice President of Education of the Investment Finance Association; Vice President of Corporate Relations of the Latino Management Student Association
Favorite Class and Why? Corporate Financial Reporting; Professor Trueman taught the intricacies of specific accounting treatments in a highly digestible way and made the learning experience enjoyable.
Anderson Highlight: Gathering in the courtyard in December for a champagne toast with all 1st-years after we had finished our last final of the Fall quarter.
Favorite Anderson Event: NYC DOJ for investment banking because seeing the headquarters of the largest banks in the world and trekking around NYC with about 20 classmates was an unforgettable experience.
What helped most in your interview preparation and career search? My investment banking ACT team, which is why I wanted to give back as an ACT coach this year.
How did you land your internship? Networking & On Campus Recruiting
Describe your internship. I was a Summer Associate in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs’ Los Angeles office. I worked both in the West Region Advisory (WRA) practice and the Financial Institutions Group (FIG). Goldman likes to provide interns a broad range of experiences, thus the overlap of FIG and WRA, the latter of which encompasses consumer, retail, technology, media and healthcare. Throughout the summer, I worked on projects that included 1) the merger of two banks which created a new entity with over $15bn in assets; 2) an IPO of a real estate-focused company that will likely raise over $150mm; 3) an analysis of the proper capital allocation / return of capital by a large upscale restaurant; 4) a merger analysis and international acquisition / expansion investigation for a major discount retailer; and 5) an in depth breakdown of the direct to consumer vs. retail growth opportunities for a global athletic apparel, footwear and equipment company.
Parting thoughts? Coming to Anderson was one of the best decisions I have made. I am so happy with my experience and it has been a terrific launching point for the rest of my career.
-Sandra Nguyen, Communications Manager, Parker Career Management Center