Monday, June 24, 2013

Wells Fargo Advisors Internship... by anonymous student

I will be a senior at Rockhurst next fall. This summer I have the opportunity to work as an intern at Wells Fargo Advisors. I was very much looking forward to this internship because I have a very keen interest in finance, investing and I am thinking about pursuing a career in investment.  The most amazing thing about the internship is the amount of knowledge I have learned. My day starts at 9:00AM and ends at 3:30PM. I do a variety of things from answering calls, making appointments, attending luncheons and meetings with other financial wholesalers or investment firms, to market research and analysis. Usually, I ended up taking a portion of research and work home with me. Although the amount of work is large, the reward is incredible. I have learned so much about investing and the way businesses are conducted.  I would encourage other finance students to take advantage of this opportunity and apply for this internship. They would benefit a lot from being able to work and learn from real and professional investors.

A tip I would provide to my peers is to start applying for these internships early. People always say the early bird gets the worm.  Starting the application process early and then following up is the key. Besides the opportunity to apply what you have learned in finance in a real environment, this internship has provided me with great opportunity to meet people and start making connections. Those are also very important elements to getting a job.

One thing I learned about myself is that I need to balance my workload better. There are several occasions where I feel completely exhausted.  That would have been avoided if I had paced myself and taken breaks between work and research. Three weeks in the internship, I have already had the opportunity to learn and formulate my own investment strategy. I am very excited to see how my theory will apply to the current market environment. The next 5 weeks will be very intense but I am very excited and look forward to it. - anonymous student

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