Student Perspectives: 10-week Internship Experience at AllianceBernstein

From the 10-Week Summer Internship…

My first experience of AllianceBernstein began with the 10-week Internship program during the summer after my junior year. From SQL training to advanced market knowledge, I was able to absorb so much with the support of my mentor and other team members. I was able to ask questions to any managers within or outside my team in accordance with AB’s open-minded culture, without which I would have not been able to manage my projects that required proficiency in programming language as a finance major. 10 weeks was sufficient for me to decide that this is the place where people truly foster each other’s growth as a firm, in accordance with its “Culture of Relentless Ingenuity”.

To Being Part of the Rotational Associate Program

Heading into my third month at AllianceBernstein as an Associate under Investment Management track, my opinion of AB remains unchanged. I can proudly say that this firm has so much to offer for anyone who wishes to get a head start on his/her professional career. The Rotational Program is a great advantage for college graduates to get the taste of different businesses in depth while being part of significant projects for each rotation. For myself, my first rotation has been with the BenOwn team under Security Reference Management. From the very first day, I was included into every part of my team’s project list—from its daily task to an on-going vendor contract project. I was even pulled into a Legal team’s daily project list to conduct Fair Allocation Tests and Front-Running Tests as my team interacts closely with the Legal and Compliance team for financial reporting purposes to the S.E.C. I am looking forward to be exposed to even broader parts of the firm to gain fuller experience of AB and the Asset Management industry.

Besides the rigorously structured rotational program, AllianceBernstein actively fosters its employees’ growth through various types of trainings and networking opportunities. These training sessions and networking events further enhance the AB’s culture of “Relentless Ingenuity” by creating a more team-oriented and better inter-department network that ultimately encourage sharing of ideas and effective communication.

Examples of such training/networking events include “Honing Your Professional Presence” series presented by AB’s Head of Human Resources, Speaker Series events presented by different Department Heads, Firm-wide Receptions for the Associates and Interns, as well as AB’s departmental Career Center and e-Learning platforms that provide constant training opportunities for the employees. Certain events, such as the Comedy Workshop and Explore AB, are specially designed by the Technology and Operations team for its Associates to enable them to build better network across the firm to be part of AB’s inclusive culture.

Activities and Additional Perks of Being Part of AllianceBernstein

Employee Resource Groups are another important component of AB’s culture. From AB Runner’s club to AB enERGy team that advocates to go-green movement, employees are encouraged to pursue their interests outside work while being part of AB. Other groups include AB Asians, AB Volunteers group, and LGBT club. Each club hosts their own series of events of various nature, which ranges from wine tasting events to book discussions.

Delicious food options are another important perk offered for the AB employees. With on12 cafeteria that serves breakfast and lunch composed of different cuisines and pantries on each floor filled with free beverages, AB ensures that its employees are well-fed and energized to perform at their best.

Conclusive Remarks

If you are an individual who is looking to be part of a firm that genuinely cares about its employee’s professional growth, AllianceBernstein is the place to be. Under the environment that fosters a “Culture of Relentless Ingenuity”, you are guaranteed with guidance to develop your professional presence on a solid ground with constant mentorship and experience the firm as well as the industry from variety of perspectives. Investing in your future at a right place is undoubtedly an important task, and the rotational program allows you to explore without taking the risk of being stuck with a wrong choice. So what’s there to hesitate?

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MEET WITH AllianceBernstein, STOP BY THEIR BOOTH AT THE FALL JOB & INTERNSHIP FAIR. RSVP THROUGH NYU CAREERNET BY CLICKING HERE!

 

Employer Insights: BrightEdge’s Top 10 Career Tips for Optimizing Career Fair Success

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#10 – Research! Research! Research!

Before showing up to one, research the career fair’s website and career center job postings to understand which companies are attending and the jobs available (and relevant!) to you.  You can impress a representative by knowing about his or her company.  Yes, this actually means more than restating the mission statement, but knowing about industry trends, top competitors, and growth areas.  Also leverage your professors and alumni network to get tips, advice, and connections for companies that may interest you.  Be prepared to answer questions such as “Why do you want to work for us?” or “What type of career interests you the most?” The more you know about each company, the better prepared you will be to converse with the company representative.

#9 – Take Plenty of Resumes

Though it might make you feel like the over eager kid who sits in the front row and asks a million questions per class, coming to a career fair prepared is important.  Take a minimum of 25 resumes (or more if it’s a large event) to hand out to prospective employers.  If you have resumes with different interests or job objectives, make sure you bring enough of each version.  Don’t rely on copy services being available at the fair. Also, bring an iPad, smartphone, or a notepad to take notes, and organize everything in a briefcase or portfolio – looking professional is just as important as being professional.  Well, at least almost as important…

#8 – Prepare a Plan

Just as a lioness circles a lone wildebeest who has broken away from the herd, so too should you prepare a strategy that outlines a plan of attack. Arrive early to register and familiarize yourself with the location.  Obtain a map of the employer booths (if available), determine where your top and second choices are located, and list them in priority order to visit.  A good recommendation is to return to your top choices towards the end and thank them again for their time.  Be aware of time demands and try not to monopolize anyone’s time – showing interest is key, being overzealous is not. Ask specific questions and offer to follow up after the fair, as appropriate. Stay flexible and use time wisely to avoid long lines and make sure you meet with your top choices.

#7 – Broaden Your Focus

When researching to identify employers and career opportunities, think outside the box and include many types of employers.  Remember that while certain companies might seem attractive to you like a movie star or hip hop mogul, it’s often the newcomer or undiscovered gem that can offer just as meaningful career opportunities.  For instance, you may have not considered working for a technology start up (hint-hint), but technology companies recruit and hire professionals in many different fields outside of engineering (e.g., sales, client services, marketing, finance, or accounting). 

#6 Be Ready for a ‘Mini’ Interview

Employers will treat the career fair as an opportunity to do a 2 to 3 minute interview with prospective candidates to quickly identify potential next steps, so make sure to sell yourself!  Be direct. Introduce yourself, including your name, career interests, and why you are interested in their company. Be prepared to quickly sell your skills, talents, and experience.  Career fairs tend to be more casual, so you can relax and be less formal in your approach – though we don’t recommend calling your recruiter “bro”….

#5 Be Memorable

Employers will talk to a number of candidates while at the career fair, so make sure you stand out from the crowd and make a good 1st impression.  Show a lot of personality and energy, and remember that you won’t get a 2nd chance to make your 1st impression. Candidates often tend to get nervous and forget that it’s also about showing who you are and as well as selling yourself.  While your GPA and internships are obviously a good gauge of your stellar qualifications, fitting into team “culture” is just as important, so make sure to highlight who you really are.  But don’t be afraid to add some flair to your prepared ‘elevator speech.’  The representatives at the career fair will be taking notes on you, so make sure to bring you’re A-game!

#4. Keep Track of the Companies

Track which employers you’ve submitted your resume to so you know which ones to follow up with.  It’s a good idea to jot down notes on whom you meet, reminders of key experiences, skills, or areas discussed, and the necessary steps for follow up.  This will help later on when following up and preparing for any interviews.  There’s nothing worse than getting a call for an interview and having to ask them what it’s for… Taking notes will also help you when you write a follow up “thank you” email, which of course you will do since you’re not a Neanderthal. 

#3. Ask About Next Steps & Follow Up

When wrapping up your conversations with each representative, show your interest and enthusiasm by asking about next steps; including submitting an online application, the recruiting process, and timeline.  Most companies also require an online application even though you may have submitted a resume at the career fair.  If the company says they will contact you, refrain from emailing or calling, and wait for them to reach out to you first. 

#2 Network! Network! Network!

Did we mention networking?  Career fairs are all about networking and building relationships.  Your main task is to network with the recruiters and hiring managers at the career fair, but also network with your fellow job-seekers in terms of sharing information about companies, job opportunities, contacts, and helpful hints.  While it might be tempting to view them as the competition and jostle for position in front or even misdirect them to the exit, remember that you might actually get further in life by working as a team. 

#1 Don’t Forget About the Intangibles

Prepare while waiting – don’t just stand in line doing nothing! Read the company materials, as someone actually spent a fair amount of time trying to elucidate the company’s goals and needs.  Also listen to the other conversations going on around to better prepare for your time.  This is an ideal time to put your eavesdropping skills to work, as long as you’re not too obvious.  Be patient – don’t be disappointed if the representative needs to take a break before your conversation. Stay positive – if your ideal company is not actively hiring for the position you want, take this as an opportunity to network and build relationships.  Meet with the representatives to learn about the future opportunities and a potential timeline.

Honorable Mention – Visit the BrightEdge Booth at the Career Fair

BrightEdge is a fun, young, talented, and driven organization that is the global leader for Enterprise SEO technology.  We have cool snacks, a fridge named Frank the Tank that is full of drinks, and we throw amazing parties.

ABOUT BRIGHTEDGE:

BrightEdge is an enterprise Search Engine optimization (SEO) technology platform, which helps the world’s largest brands stay ahead in the rapidly evolving internet landscape. BrightEdge is leading a fundamental shift in digital marketing by harnessing big data analytics to help businesses optimize their online content and drive revenue from web sites, search engines, and social networks across the globe.

If you would like to meet with BrightEdge, stop by their booth at the Fall Job & Internship Fair. RSVP through NYU CareerNet by clicking here!

 

In Case You Missed It: Day In The Life at Rauxa

Did you miss Kim sharing what her day is like at Rauxa! If so, click on the image below for a recap.

Sound like a place you’d like to intern? Make sure to stop by their table at the NYU Fall Job & Internship Fair on September 4th!

In Case You Missed It: Day In The Life at SThree Careers

Did you miss Ana-Maria’s day as a Recruiter at @SThreeCareers! If so, click on the image below for a recap.

Sound like a place you’d like to work? Apply for their openings on CareerNet: Job ID 933098.

Employer Insights: What to Look for When You’re Looking

By Lisa Ganz

When I graduated from Vanderbilt in May 2013, I took a job in finance. It was a job I had basically signed on the dotted line for two years before when I was just 20 years old and received an internship offer at that company. The summer internship program was a feeder into a full-time job, and I was grateful to be gainfully employed 18 months before I was due to graduate. At the time, I remember thinking, “Wow, how could I turn this great opportunity down? What more could I ask for?”

When I found myself unhappy after a few months at that job and began actively looking for a new role, I had a much clearer understanding of what I wanted and went about my job search process in totally different way than I had a few years earlier. This time around, I was looking to jumpstart my career I wasn’t just looking for a job and looking for the following things helped me find that at AlphaSights.

1. A company that is disrupting an industry. It’s exciting to work for a company that is impacting human progress and has a unique business model that is different from any of its competitors. Every day at AlphaSights, I feel like I’m a part of something that is going to be huge, and the work I do empowers me.

2. People you want to work with. Work for a company that employs people you respect and who respect you, and one where you’ll be surrounded by people who challenge you to think. At AlphaSights, you build genuine relationships beyond just colleagues and it makes every day fun.

3. The company puts its people, not its bottom line, first. Happy employees lead to greater productivity and retention, which inadvertently leads to greater profit! So many companies I’ve worked for have lost sight of this simple fact. A paycheck can only go so far; look for a company where the leaders genuinely care about their employees’ wellbeing.

4. It fits your personality. Taking a job is a lot about fit. An employee sinking or swimming is often directly connected to whether the company is the right place for them. What is the office environment? Is it rara and collaborative, or more of an individualist mentality? Figure out what type of culture you want to be a part of.

5. You’re excited about the work. At AlphaSights, there aren’t enough hours in the day for all I need to get done, and I’m excited in the morning when I wake up to go to work. The work is stimulating and challenging. I drive my own projects and ideas, and I’m excited about what AlphaSights does at its core. We’re impacting human progress and spreading access to knowledge worldwide. Pretty cool, eh?

6. The company will help you grow professionally. Look for a company that invests in the growth of its people and gives them the skills to grow into management roles, or start their own companies. I learn something every day at AlphaSights. If I go on to do something else one day, I’m confident that I will be equipped with the skills to be successful in whatever I choose, and that’s due to AlphaSights’ investment in my growth.

7. Mobility both vertical and horizontal is promoted. Aim to work somewhere that promotes based on merit, and that encourages you to explore opportunities within the company. It’s not just about growing upwards; it’s also about growing into different roles where you can flex your skills sets.

8. Brings satisfaction. Working at AlphaSights has made both my professional and personal life fuller. We have merit bonuses and promotions; additionally, we have a quarterly awards ceremony to recognize people for different things, like being a great coach or being innovative.

It’s always motivating to reap the benefits of hard work.

9. Brings balance to life. Work should not only be challenging, but it should be fun. You want to work somewhere that respects your work life balance. At the end of the day, family and friends always come first. Life is too short to spend all your time behind a desk. Make sure your company lets you enjoy the ride too.

If the above matches what you’re looking for at your next employer, check out a career at AlphaSights! Get more info and apply to jobs by checking out the below!

Blog: blog.alphasights.com

Instagram: AlphaSightsUS

Facebook: AlphaSightsUS

Twitter: AlphaSightsUS

Website: alphasights.com/careers

Tuesday, September 16 - Seniors: Deadline to Apply to 2015 Entry Level Analyst Role

Want to meet with AlphaSights? They will be at the NYU Career Fair on Thursday, September 4th.  Make sure to check out AlphaSights and our other pt/ft employers. RSVP Today!

 

Fall Job & Internship Fair

Thursday September 4, 2014 11am – 3pm | NYU Kimmel Center
NYU students from all majors are invited to attend our largest fair of the year to explore part-time, full-time and internship opportunities. Meet with employers and learn more about both domestic and international positions.

Engineering & Technology Fall Fair

Thursday, September 18, 2014 11am – 3pm | NYU Brooklyn Campus, Jacobs Gymnasium
NYU students are invited to attend this fair to meet with a large number of employers from diverse industries. Explore full-time, part-time and internship opportunities in fields including Engineering, Computer Hardware/Software, Technology, Science, Management, and Digital Media among others.

Wasserman Graduate Student Advisory Board

Lei Lei is a second year student in the Master of Science program in Information Systems. He is also a student worker at the Wasserman Center and a member of the Wasserman Graduate Student Advisory Board.  

Lei Lei - Student in the Master of Science program in Information Systems

The Wasserman Graduate Student Career Development Team asked Lei what his favorite things are about the Wasserman Center, and here is what he said:

1. Extremely helpful career coaching (both walk-ins and appointments).

2. Close contact with employers by attending the Employer Information Sessions.

3. Free printing, free coffee, and free place to take a rest (nowhere else on campus can combine these three in one place)!

Want to learn more about the Wasserman Center resources and services for graduate students?

Attend the Graduate Student Welcome Reception at Wasserman! Thursday, August 28th from 9-10:30 am!

The NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development is located at:

133 E 13th St #2, New York, NY

Connect with graduate students from across the university and expand your NYU network at NYU Wasserman’s Graduate Student Welcome Reception! Participants will also learn about the many programs, resources and services that the Wasserman Center for Career Development offers for graduate students. Breakfast will be served. Please RSVP here.

Looking to get more involved? Join the Graduate Student Advisory Board

DEADLINE: September 15th Job ID 942466 (Graduate students only)
The Wasserman Center is in search of outstanding graduate (Master’s and PhD) student volunteers to partner directly with the Wasserman Center team to address the career goals and needs of graduate students across the university.

Profile of an OCR Success Story

 

On Campus Recruitment

Name: Manasa Reddy
School: NYU Stern
Full-time Job: Corporate Banking Analyst at Lloyds Bank
Industry: Banking

Best part about using OCR: Meeting with the company multiples times in order for you to get to know the company as well as the other way around.
What every student should know about OCR: You can study abroad for three semesters like I did and still be able to access OCR when you come back and be just as competitive.
OCR survival tip: Take advantage of the information sessions and be sure to schedule your interview immediately.

On-Campus Recruitment (OCR) is one of the many ways for NYU juniors, seniors, and graduate students to discover job and internship opportunities. Through OCR, employers come to the  Wasserman Center to interview students. To obtain access to OCR, you must attend both a mandatory OCR Orientation and an Acing the Interview seminar (find upcoming dates and times on NYU CareerNet–> Seminars). After doing so, you will be able to view, apply to, and schedule interviews for OCR positions through the Jobs tab of your NYU CareerNet account. Learn more about OCR here.

On Campus Recruitment

Tips for Wrapping Up Your Internship on a Positive Note

Nicole Klein Isenhour, Assistant Director at The Wasserman Center for Career Development at NYU-Poly, offers forth some tips for completing your internship.

You’re nearing the end of your internship so it must be time to throw caution to the wind right? WRONG…the final days, weeks, hours of your summer internship are equally as important as your first, if not more! How you leave things off will the employer will leave a lasting impression and set the stage for things moving forward. You always want to end things on a good note and have the employer remember your hard work all summer. Wrapping up the right way can lead to references, recommendations, mentorship, keeping in touch and most importantly: potential consideration for future positions down the line. Not sure what to do? No problem, that’s where we come in with the top 5 tips for wrapping up your internship.

  • Make sure your projects are covered– Finish as much as you can but in the event you are leaving before a project is finished, leave strong documentation so that your coworkers can pick up where you left off or a new person can come in and know what you have already done or what needs to be done. Your coworkers will appreciate you keeping them in the loop and leaving thorough notes.
  • Schedule a final meeting with your supervisor – Review what you have done; projects, your goals moving forward, advice they might have for you in terms of professional development. Mention what you have learned and how this experience has been valuable to you.
  • Ask for constructive feedback – Is there anything you did really well and are there areas for improvement that you could work on moving forward? A thing or two you might be able to improve upon? It shows the employer that you are mature, that you care about your growth and development and that you want to continue to improve and succeed.
  • Thank everyone– Thank your supervisor but also thank anyone else you reported to and perhaps some you did not report to but wanted to thank for the experience, such as higher ups in the company. Ask for a few minutes of their time to drop in and discuss your internship. Use this time to informationally network, share what you learned, how you grew from your time there. Ask to keep in touch in the future, after the internship concludes. Also thank your fellow interns, coworkers and any other staff that contributed to your positive experience. Appreciation goes a long way and leaves a lasting impression. Send handwritten thank you notes as well!
  • Stay connected– Send a hello email every month or 2 to the employer. See what they have been doing in the news or what is happening in the industry to use as some talking points, forward an article that might be applicable to their business and of interest to them. This shows you are invested and care about keeping up with industry trends and current events. You can also share something relevant you did in a class, a group project, a conference you attended, share it!

As always, feel free to make an appointment through CareerNet and come by the Wasserman Center for Career Development to discuss your personal internship experience and career goals/ next steps!

Summer Spotlight Series with Talent Tech

Did you miss Executive Director, Jonathan’s, day at Talent Tech Labs? If so, click on the logo below for a recap.

Sound like a place you’d like to work? Check out the openings on CareerNet: Job IDs: 939426 and 917366.

Summer Internship at AllianceBernstein, Part II

Aziza Sultan is a current NYU student in the accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s program. She is studying politics for her Bachelor’s degree and concentrating on political economy for her Master’s. She is currently a summer intern at AllianceBernstein’s New York City midtown offices in the Technology and Operations Program. Some interesting internships she has done in the past include interning on location in Kabul, Afghanistan with a firm on a U.S. military literacy contract for Afghan National Police and Army, and at the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office under District Attorney Kathleen Rice. Here, she offers forth some thoughts on the second half of her experience at AllianceBernstein. Click here to read her earlier post.

In my final few days interning at AllianceBernstein, I am surprised at how quickly ten weeks have gone by. In that time, I have learned a lot about derivatives and about operations and have been mentored both officially and unofficially by people in the organization. This spirit of unofficial mentorship was present both among people who were in groups different from mine and also across various positions of seniority throughout the firm.  Most people don’t get to describe their internship as interesting or inspiring. Mine was both.

Since I last wrote part one of my blog about a month ago, I have attended a plethora of events – some catered to interns and others for everyone at the firm. One skill that the program has focused on refining for the interns is presenting and public speaking. The Technology and Operations internship program hosted a multi-hour class led by a professional coach and a Broadway theater actress who comes to the firm to work with employees about connecting with audiences, building content, and the various psychological elements of delivering a speech. This was followed by multiple drills where we exercised what we had just learned. This was especially helpful to myself, as someone who had joined the firm’s Toastmaster’s Club, which aims to improve the communication, public speaking and leadership skills of its members. The club warmly welcomed me, and I signed up to deliver an ice breaker speech at one of their bi-monthly meetings. Not only was this was a great way to meet other people at the firm but it also gave me a chance to exercise my newly learned skills from the course and have the people I worked amongst learn a little more about me on a personal level. I also got written feedback from each person in attendance which was a helpful way to learn about what I needed to work on as a public speaker, in addition to my strengths.

Interns and incoming associates were also treated to a networking reception with senior leaders at AllianceBernstein. It has been really useful to meet with people who work in the different moving parts of the firm because I’ve come to realize that though the organizational structure of the firm is such that there are different divisions that may not work together day to day, collaboration from time to time with people from different divisions on larger projects is necessary and adds variety to the type of work people do. Also, just as a curious person who has a vested interest in the larger organization and workings of the company, it’s useful to know people who do different things than myself. This curiosity led me to schedule meetings with dozens of people across the firm (in groups including Equities, Private Client, Sanford C. Bernstein research roles, Multi Asset Solutions, Fixed Income and more) to learn more about what they do and how their work is important, interesting and makes a difference.

In my group, I was trained and in contact regularly with my mentor and manager, both of whom gave me increasing responsibility on a day to day basis within my group. A moment in which I recognized that my work within our group was meaningful was when my train was stalled in a station as a result of an investigation and I became increasingly worried as each minute passed that I wouldn’t be able to send the early morning email to one of the brokers who I was working with on a daily basis to reconcile company business. (I emailed my mentor and manager as I was on the train to let them know of the situation).  One of the interesting projects our team was involved in was planning the switching of the software system that the derivative operations team would be using in regards to collateral.

Overall, the internship was valuable because I not only learned about the work of the company, but I learned that the people here are proud of what they do and care about each other. A nice end to the summer program was seeing the rotational associates, whom with interns worked closely, graduate to their next positions. The program included a presentation and graduation ceremony for the associates, as well as a reception afterwards.

On a personal note, I’d like to thank the people I’ve come in contact with throughout the course of the internship. In particular, the people who I’ve worked closely with – my manager Brian Mullen, mentor May Hu, and an associate in my group Darren Breda. I’d also like to thank the people I sit by (specifically Christian Paine, Mark Tarnok, Walter Kowalewski and Amro Shabaan) for being so encouraging and welcoming. Thanks to Gaetano DiMiceli, for allowing me to a part of his incredible team. Last but not least, a very special thanks to Erinn Goldenberg and Eshrat Jahan for making this internship experience as seamless and fulfilling as they did!