Students of the Greehey School of Business at St. Mary’s University kept busy this past summer as they participated in a wide range of professional internships.

From Acelity, Ayco, Goldman Sachs to J.P. Morgan, USAA, SWBC, ATKG and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, students gained field experience in some of the most reputable businesses in the country.

Gerardo Rivera, a senior Finance and Risk Management and Engineering Management major, interned as an investment banking summer analyst in the Financial Institutions Group at Goldman Sachs. He participated in both insurance and Latin American transactions.

“The level of responsibility that I had during the summer as well as the deal exposure broadened my skill set and allowed me to land a full-time offer,” Rivera said.

Jose Parilla, a senior Information Systems Management major, interned with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington D.C. He worked as a program assistant for the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion.

“In my role, I supported specialists who work to ensure that the new agency adheres to diversity and inclusion mandates outlined in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act,” he said. “I am happy to say that I am still working with the agency. It is pushing me to exceed my expectations as I serve the public.”

Gabriela Rodriguez, a senior Accounting major, served as an accounting and finance analyst intern with USAA.

“The USAA mission is dedicated to service of those people who sacrifice every day for our freedom,” she said.

The summer stint at USAA gave her the opportunity to see just how fast-paced the workplace is and how important it is that the members USAA serves come first.

“It also allowed me to take the concepts of finance and accounting I learned in the classroom and apply them in a live business setting,” she said.

These summer internships also gave Greehey Business School students the opportunity to network.

“It (helped) me to establish new friendships among other interns and meet experienced professionals … and gained insights about business,” Rodriguez said.

And that experience paid off, as some of the students will have full-time jobs waiting for them when they graduate.

Some students interned in different cities and states. John Diaz, a junior Finance and Risk Management major, interned with Ayco, a Goldman Sachs Company, in Dallas. He was given the task of preparing meetings for clients consisting of investment analysis, tax projections and retirement planning.

Nathan Bonsignore, a junior Finance and Risk Management major, interned with Bloomberg LP in the Global Data Department in Princeton, New Jersey. He worked as a Global Data Intern on the Equity and Fixed Income Index team. He gained experience collaborating with index providers, such as Standard & Poor’s and FTSE, to ensure accurate and timely data on the Bloomberg Terminal.

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