Be Ready To Work On Wall Street. Here Is How

Here are a few tips, must dos, recommendations, and a timeline too from Pam Ahearn, senior associate director for the Center for Career Development. Pam is the industry advisor for Financial Services, working within the Accounting, Finance, Consulting, Insurance and Real Estate Career Community. Pam works closely with alumni in the industry on the internship recruiting initiatives.

Q:  What should students interested in Wall Street know?

A: Financial Services is a very competitive industry.  If you want to work on Wall Street immediately following graduation, you must secure a summer analyst position your junior summer.  These summer analyst roles are incredibly competitive and Holy Cross is not a target school for the banks.

Q: How does a student secure one of these internships?

A:  Students interested in the industry can do many things to make themselves stronger candidates.

First and foremost, do well academically: GPA is the most likely the first thing the banks will look at on your resume.  Ideally your cumulative GPA will be a 3.5 or above.  Students from Holy Cross have landed successfully with a lower GPA, but you will do yourself a favor by maintaining a solid GPA.

Gain knowledge of the industry:  Develop knowledge of the industry and the specific area within the industry where you see yourself as a good fit, read the Wall Street Journal daily, have an understanding of the markets, know what is going on in current events, follow a stock, sit on a desk by shadowing an alumni (deadline for the summer program is April 18) or personal connection, and check out the Vault Guides in Crusader Connections. Be able to articulate this knowledge.

Show a demonstrated interest in finance:  Join the Finance Club, attend Finance Boot Camp through the Pre-Business Program (fall and/or spring break), act as treasurer of your club, shadow alumni, take quantitative courses at Holy Cross and do an internship where you hone your professional skill set (ideally within finance).  Be sure to tailor your resume to the industry.

Network:  Start with your peers who interned on Wall Street last summer. Ask them questions and learn more about what they did as a summer analyst. Contact young alumni at the banks to discuss your interests and goals.  Reach out to more senior alumni who have been on the job between 4-10 years.  Finally, have conversations with seasoned alumni in the industry once you have a solid understanding of your interests and skills, and you can articulate these effectively.  Please do not waste anyone’s time and always say thank you!

Attend events: Avail yourselves of opportunities both on campus and off campus. Attend the Holy Cross Finance Networking Reception in New York in December and the Holy Cross Finance Networking Reception in Boston on April 12, 2017.  Apply for *diversity initiatives (if applicable), apply for receptions and events hosted by the banks in Boston and New York, attend panels hosted by Career Development and Pre-Business. Many times these events are targeted towards first year and sophomore students. Log on to Crusader Connections daily to view opportunities.

Leadership skills and service: Get involved on campus. Work with a non-profit. Volunteer. Take on leadership roles as you progress at Holy Cross.

*Diversity on Wall Street = Women, students of color (Black, Latino/a, Native American), First Generation and students identifying within the LGBTQ community.

Q: Wow. There is a lot that goes into being successful in this industry. Do you have any other recommendations?

A: Not every student is going to be successful in their hunt for Wall Street. Definitely set that as your goal but know that there are lots of other opportunities within “finance” that might be an even better fit for you. Crusader Connections is our one stop shop for internships and full time jobs. Alumni are eager to hire Holy Cross students. Pay special attention to positions with #CHC (Crusaders Hiring Crusaders).

The trend this past fall was that the banks accelerated their recruiting efforts. Below is the timeline for the 2016-2017 academic year. I suspect that things will be accelerated again for the 2017-2018 academic year.  BE READY.


Deadlines in Crusader Connections and banks’ websites
Superdays (day-long interview at bank)
Networking events and diversity initiatives
Pam works with banks and other financial institutions to get positions posted in Crusader Connections

“Harlem Shake” as Corporate Strategy?

It appears that Baauer’s mega hit song “Harlem Shake” is the new “Call Me Maybe” or “Gangnam Style” of 2013, as the broadest spectrum of people have been posting renditions on YouTube, boosting the song to #1 on I-tunes. Although many may brush aside “Harlem Shake” as another fad of pop culture, several businesses are maximizing the hype with their own versions of the dance.

According to an article by Stephanie Gaspary of Career Builder, companies’ “Harlem

Shake” videos are being carefully deployed as corporate recruiting strategies. How & why? Even for entry level jobs, companies are selling themselves to you just as much as you are selling yourself to them. They want to hone top talent to maintain top tier work. Numbers aside, compatibility between candidates and employers is essential and the character of a given company plays a big role in that relationship. If you’re a company, what better way to break the “big scary business” stereotype and flaunt your character than to make your own Harlem Shake video?

So far, all sorts of corporations have jumped on the bandwagon from PepsiCo to Intel. Outside of the commercial milieu, everyone from soldiers in the Norwegian Army to the Kansas University Men’s Basketball team completed “Harlem Shake” videos as a platform to broadcast their culture to the world. claims companies with their own versions of the “Harlem Shake” are spreading the message that their business can fulfill the essentials needs of its employees, which are “to feel, connect and belong to their company.” Thus, “Harlem Shake” videos not only serve as a recruiting tool, but also as a method of increasing company morale.

For students and future employees, “Harlem Shake” and its surprising strategic use reminds us to think outside the box…. Sometimes weird methods have the biggest payoff!

P.S. We are sorry to report that Holy Cross Career Planning will not be releasing our own version of the “Harlem Shake.” Try to contain your disappointment, Crusaders.

Seniors: This Week’s Deadlines and Events!!

The jobs keep coming in!  Employers are hiring!

Tuesday, April 5
Deadlines: Apply via Crusader Connections

  • Consulting: Kantar Retail – Client Service Analyst; Project Analyst: Business Analytics; Project Analyst: Shopper Insights; Research Associate
  • Education:  Readak Educational Services – Teacher (On-Campus Interviews 4/18)

Thursday, April 7
On-Campus Interviews: Insight Global, Inc. (Recruiting)  Good Luck!

  • Development/Fundraising: The Worcester Roots Project – Fundraising and Research Coordinator

Looking Ahead:
Plenty of employers are interested in hiring Holy Cross seniors!
Upcoming deadlines include:
Tuesday, April 12
City Bridge Foundation, Program Assistant – Perfect for those of you interested in education but not in teaching!

Thursday, April 14
Bowditch & Dewey, LLP, Business & Finance Practice Area – Law
Cyber-Ark Software, Associate Technical Account Manager – Software Implementation
Peoplecube, Junior Implementation Consultant – Software Implementation
Willis Group, Benefit Associate – Insurance Brokerage

Monday, April 18
US Commission on International Religious Freedom, Joseph R. Crapa Fellowship – Research

Tuesday, April 19
CBI Research, Conference Program Manager – Event Planning

Thursday, April 21
Oracle Direct, Business Development Consultant – Sales

Friday, April 22
Eze Castle Software, Business Consultant, Leadership Development Program, Software Developer

Tuesday, April 26
Peace Corps, Volunteer – Lobby Table Hogan 1

Thursday, April 28
National Security Education Program – National Security & Defense

Friday, April 29
Barton Associates, Drop-in session hosted by Kregory Hefner ’09.  Stop by any time – Healthcare Recruiting & Staffing Firm

Apply via Crusader Connections for all these jobs

We’re available by appointment (M-F, 9 – 5 – call 508.793.3880 or stop by Hogan 203 to schedule) or visit us during drop-in hours, M-F, 1-4pm, no appointment necessary.

Don’t know what you want to do or where to start?

No Problem!  Set up an appointment by calling 508.793.3880 or stop by Hogan 203.