Read about Catherine Griffin’s experience as a Fidelity Institutional Asset Management (FIAM) Marketing Intern this summer.
Tell us about where you are interning and the kind of work you are doing.
This summer I am interning at Fidelity Investments in Boston. Fidelity is a well known financial services company that aims to help clients meet their financial goals. As an intern in the broader department of Asset Management, I am working closely with the portfolio managing team, in addition to the FIAM marketing team, to assist in the development and execution of marketing materials with a specific focus on managed account solutions within the Asset Allocation business. The awesome part about my job is that I get to do real work, not just intern work. I am assigned real projects that help the team and the company, and they help me learn the business. It is a win win!
Give us an example of how you have applied your academic learnings to your internship?
As a history major, I am taught how to read, write and think critically. I think that my liberal arts education, while I will say I am definitely the odd one out in my group of asset management interns, has been a valuable asset to my performance. Every time I am assigned a task, I am able to approach it with critical eye and I always, always ask questions. I can think outside the box for solutions and I can perform my projects efficiently.
What has surprised you about being an intern?
What has surprised me most is how friendly everyone at Fidelity is and how they all want you to succeed. Networking has been so easy because everyone is always happy to sit down with you for coffee. I am also surprised at the value my work has. My team has assigned me real projects, some that will eventually be client facing, so I am challenged to come up with innovative ideas and perform my job well. I am really lucky to have the opportunity for the summer and I am looking forward to seeing what the rest of my internship has in store!
How did this experience influence or connect to your future career plans / goals?
This experience has influenced my career goals tremendously. I have learned a lot about myself as an employee and have been developing so many valuable skills. I have also learned what it is like to work for a big company, and that I really enjoy working for Fidelity. My mentors have given me a lot of great career advice and I am currently exploring different roles and teams within Fidelity like consulting or business strategy.
I definitely think I have a better idea of what I like and don’t like, my strengths and weaknesses and my passions. I like working for an organization that cares deeply about its employees and its clients. I love leaving everyday feeling like I have learned something new. I hope to continue my career in business in something that keeps me excited and working hard day in and day out.
Any internship advice to pass on to other Holy Cross students?
First, Network, network, network! I know it can be intimidating, but especially when you have an internship, you already have an “in” in that company, take advantage of it!
Second, take the time you have to learn as much about the company as you can, meet with as many people as are willing, and go above and beyond in your assignments. Work ethic and attitude will get you a long way in the work force, or so I have been told.
And finally, use your time wisely. The last thing you want is to walk away from an opportunity feeling like you didn’t take full advantage of it. Also leverage the fact that you go to Holy Cross. I have had some of the most meaningful conversations and have made great connections with people who have gone to HC. I’ve found that they love to hear about your experience, and more importantly, they want to help you succeed!