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How an English Major Got an Internship at JP Morgan

Andy is a Recruiting Coordinator at Google, supporting the hiring process for industry-level software engineers. He is the co-founder of Student to Student, NYC’s only free tutoring and mentoring program for low-income middle schoolers aspiring to attend an elite specialized high school. An advocate for accessible and disruptive education, Andy serves on the Advisory Council for New York University’s Leadership Initiative, and the Board of Directors for College For Every Student.  

Since high school, Andy has worked and supported communications and community relations around the world. He spent the last year helping to bring nonprofits online through Google, and has previously consulted on marketing and talent acquisition for Harry’s, Venture For America, and the Global Good Fund. 

Andy is a Gates Millennium Scholar, Dalai Lama Fellow, and Kairos Society Global Fellow. He currently resides in San Francisco, CA and holds a B.A. in English with honors from New York University.  In March of 2014, Andy wrote the following for InternMatch’s Student Stories.

“If JPMorgan were a person, what qualities would he/she have?”

Two things come to my mind: (1) ‘This is one of the most interesting questions I’ve been asked in an interview!’ and (2) ‘Probably not a love for reading Walt Whitman.’ Being a true English major, “Song of Myself” is one of my all-time favorite poems so I could’ve freaked out. But I didn’t. You might be wondering why I’d be in a JPMorgan interview, let alone a final round interview, which this one was. Well to begin, my journey to this gorgeous building on Park Avenue began last fall.

I had applied for and was accepted to NYU’s Diversity Internship and Career Preparation Program (DICP), which specifically serves students from under-represented backgrounds. Throughout the fall semester I attended several workshops held by the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development. The options were limitless: “Resumes and Cover Letters That Work”; “Acing the Interview”; “Social Media + Networking for your Job Search.” And this was just the beginning. There were career counselors waiting to sit with me and discuss my career goals and give me real insight on any applications I was filling out. But where did these applications come from?

Employers. Sure, I could and did look up postings on our school’s job and internship database, but the best source is the direct one. Through DICP I was able to meet working professionals at on and off campus networking sessions. Any industry or scale of company was represented, from big corporations like Morgan Stanley to smaller nonprofits and startups located in the city. It was at the last event in February where I met a VP from JPMorgan – super casual, I know. While our conversation was brief, I was able to express my academic and career interests and get a business card from this gentleman. After following-up with him the next morning, he informed me of the internship opportunities available and offered to send my resume directly to human resources. I was nervous, but hey, it wouldn’t hurt to at least try!

I submitted my resume and cover letter, and waited for a response from the internship gods. When March rolled around, I was scheduled for a phone interview and the next day, I moved on to final round interviews. This is when I actually got nervous. I didn’t know anything about financial banking or anything related to numbers. But in preparing for any interview, I set aside some time to relax and research. I read articles about JPMorgan, checked the stock market, and even watched Bloomberg videos leading up to the morning of one of the biggest days of my life. By the time I arrived in the lobby, I knew that JP’s stock had gone up and that I should not be investing in Nike (for the time being).

Throughout my three interviews, I made sure to articulate the knowledge I had gained and more importantly, I was myself. I knew I would receive skeptical questions concerning my major and I embraced them. I gave honest answers and made my interviewers see that just because I like Walt Whitman and Dave Eggers doesn’t mean I can’t hold my own when analyzing a business strategy. One woman even remarked, “I like you already. You prove that you’re not defined by your major.” And that is a fact. So if you’re applying for an internship that is not traditionally associated with your course of study, don’t panic – get excited! Take advantage of your school’s career resources, practice your writing and interviewing skills, and whenever possible get yourself out there and meet professionals! There are tons of free networking events and as a student you hold a lot of power. People want to talk to you and hear what you like and have to offer. Be proud and go after those positions!

And if you were wondering, if JP Morgan was a person, he/she would be “analytical, organized, and flexible enough to work with anyone and everyone.” I also received and accepted an offer to be a summer intern with JPMorgan in their Chase Leadership Development Program.

Interested in an exclusive professional development opportunity?

Apply to the Diversity Internship & Career Preparation Program (D.I.C.P.) via NYU CareerNet, Job ID 941395

DEADLINE September 30th
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Networking Opportunities with Goldman Sachs, PwC, NBCUniversal and many more! Members accepted to this program receive referrals to hundreds of internship opportunities, earning opportunities through direct contact with recruiters, professional skill development and networking experience, interview training, ongoing counseling and support.

International Students: Navigating the U.S. Internship and Job Market

The Wasserman Center for Career Development offers many opportunities for international students to best prepare for internships and professional life in the U.S.  On March 6th the NYU SPS International Club and the Wasserman Center at SPS co-hosted a panel for students with questions about CPT, OPT, H1B and on-campus employment.  “Meet and Greet: Tips to Succeed in the U.S. Job Market” was held to educate international students on visa-related job opportunities during and after their studies.

 A common theme mentioned by the panelists is that confidence is an important characteristic needed to successfully find a job or internship. International students report they often feel at a disadvantage when seeking employment compared to American students because of language barriers or cultural differences. The panelists, however, encouraged international students to turn away from that fear and focus, rather, on their strengths. For example, most international students speak more than one language and have previous work experience in their home country, which provides an important global perspective.

 Another important characteristic the panelists addressed was persistence. One panelist explained there is a good chance that if you knock on twenty doors, only one will be opened for you.  Panelists encouraged students to not become frustrated or defeated if they don’t find a job or internship right away. If they keep “knocking”, the right opportunity will eventually open up.

 The panelists also shared that when employers are looking for a candidate, they often search for what is unique about the person being interviewed and what they can bring to the table, rather than common skills that almost every other candidate possesses. Therefore, it is important for international students to self-assess and identify what area(s) they excel, then leverage these areas to impress employers.

 Interested in learning more? On Thursday April 9th, 2015, from 3:30pm-5:00pm, the Wasserman Center at SPS and the International Student Support Center are co-hosting an event titled, Succeeding in Your Internship for International Students.  Come to the 5th Floor Lounge at 7 East 12th Street to learn insider tips about how to make the most of your internship in the U.S.  You will have the opportunity to meet and speak directly with professionals working with international students, NYU international alumni and NYU international second-year graduate students about how to navigate U.S. work culture and employer expectations. We hope to see you- RSVP here!

My Fulbright to Bulgaria: Teaching English and Cultural Exchange

Ariel Bloomer is a first year master’s student of Higher Education and Student Affairs at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She graduated with a B.A. in creative writing from Scripps College in California, and spent the following year teaching English in Bulgaria. More insights on her Fulbright year can be found on her blog, the Unintentional Explorer (

I may be a Steinhardt master’s student now, but I still clearly remember the existential stress of my senior year of undergrad where I had to decide what to do after graduation. Over the course of my undergraduate studies, I had discovered and indulged interests in student affairs, writing, travel, and religious studies. Knowing what I was interested in was a first step, but knowing what do with those interests… it was like unfamiliar choreography.

I applied for programs to teach abroad because my curiosity about the world was the most insistent. I was fortunate to be awarded a Fulbright fellowship to teach English in Bulgaria. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers research/study and English teaching grants to U.S. citizens that have earned Bachelor’s degrees. Although it is a teaching program, Fulbright seeks applicants who have various levels of teaching experience and do not require applicants to have completed a degree in education. For instance, I had little experience with teaching. However, some countries do look for applicants with previous teaching experience.

I decided Fulbright was the right program for me because its mission so closely matched my own. The Fulbright program, under the U.S. Department of State, has a goal to increase mutual understanding between citizens of the U.S. and those of countries around the world. As a writer, this goal of cross-cultural communication spoke to me. I knew that Bulgaria, often-neglected in the realm of travel writing, would offer fertile ground for me to practice creative non-fiction in my spare time.

 In addition, I saw the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Program as an opportunity to try on a new role in the field of education and immerse myself in a new culture and language. It was also an opportunity to use the skills I had learned in Balkan Dance, a class I thought would not be useful beyond satisfying my fine art requirement. This course influenced my desire to apply to teach English in Bulgaria. Somewhere in Bulgaria was a choreography I at least sort of knew.

 In the year I spent abroad in Smolyan, in the Rhodope Mountains where Bulgaria meets Greece, I did not learn to teach. My hit-and-miss lessons were more misses than hits. I did build lasting relationships with teachers and students, facilitated a creative writing club at a high school, spent the fall attending weekly folkdance classes with a Geography teacher from my school, and I learned to cook some of Bulgaria’s unique dishes, a blend of Slavic, Turkish, and Mediterranean fare. I read extensively, took an online travel writing course, and kept a detailed journal. I traveled the Balkan Peninsula by bus and train. I learned that my passion for education is geared towards student development outside of the classroom. This led me to pursue a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs. More so, Fulbright helped to fine tune my research interests in student outcomes in, and access to, international education.

Now that I contemplate a doctoral program in my not-so-distant future, I wonder if Fulbright will again be a part of my journey forward. I taught English through my grant, but the program also offers research opportunities for those with a Bachelor’s degree to conduct independent projects abroad. It is a unique opportunity to follow a passion, carry out grant-funded research, serve as a U.S. cultural ambassador, and learn a dance you never knew before.

 To learn more about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, attend an upcoming Fulbright Information Session for Graduate Students at The Wasserman Center (133 East 13th Street, 2nd Floor, Presentation Room B) on Thursday March 12th from 1pm to 2pm. RSVP Today!

DICP Student Profile: Kimberly Lopes

Kimberly Lopes

School: Stern

Grad Year: 2014

Summer 2013 Internship: Goldman Sachs – Corporate Treasury

What was the best part of the DICP program? Networking events (such as the Networking Breakfast where you get to meet professionals from various different fields) helped put the tips you have picked up from various workshops into action.

What is the most important lesson you learned from your involvement? Always talk to people, even if they are not in the field you are interested in because maybe they have a critical piece of advice that could change how you view recruiting or how your resume looks.

Why should other students apply to be in DICP? DICP is a great way to start networking and talking to people from different fields. The workshops that you attend help develop and sharpen skills that will help you find your way through the beginning of your career. Everyone you meet helps contribute to your development, so be sure to use the events that DICP offers to your benefit.

The NYU Diversity Internship & Career Preparation (D.I.C.P.) Program is a comprehensive, undergraduate career development program is designed to prepare and promote NYU’s historically underrepresented sophomores and juniors. The D.I.C.P. Program aims to assist you in developing your job searching and networking skills; improve your resume and cover letter writing skills; and strives to empower you to find that dream internship while improving your understanding of workplace diversity and inclusive practices!

Please watch the following video to learn more about the Diversity Internship & Career Preparation Program:

WasserTube video link:

APPLY on NYU CareerNet Job ID# 902050

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Thursday September 29, 2013

DICP Profile with Jenna Castillo

Learn more about how Jenna Castillo, a senior Economics major, participated in the Diversity Internship and Career Preparation (DICP) Program to explore diversity in the workplace and land an internship.

Name: Jenna Castillo

School: College of Arts & Sciences (CAS)

Grad Year: 2014

Internship/Current position: Consultant at Ernst & Young (EY)

What’s the best part of the DICP program? The best part about the DICP program were all of the networking and informational session opportunities. Through DICP, I was able to learn more about the different companies I was interested in, as well as the different areas within the business industry.  Because of these events, I learned how to successfully network, and also finally figured out which area of the business industry I wanted to start my career in.

What’s the most important lesson you have learned through DICP?  Through this program, I learned just how much diversity is valued in the world today.  I realized that stressing my diverse background, whether it be during a networking event or interview was extremely advantageous.

Why other students should apply to be in DICP: Students should apply to be in DICP because they will learn how to showcase their diversity as a strength, and network with people from numerous companies.  Networking, applying for internships and full-time jobs, and interviewing became so much easier for me after this program.

The NYU Diversity Internship & Career Preparation (D.I.C.P.) Program is a comprehensive, undergraduate career development program is designed to prepare and promote NYU’s historically underrepresented sophomores and juniors. The D.I.C.P. Program aims to assist you in developing your job searching and networking skills; improve your resume and cover letter writing skills; and strives to empower you to find that dream internship while improving your understanding of workplace diversity and inclusive practices!

Please watch the following video to learn more about the Diversity Internship & Career Preparation Program:

WasserTube video link:

APPLY on NYU CareerNet Job ID# 902050

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Thursday September 29, 2013

Hachette Book Group + SCPS Publishing Career Fair

The SCPS Center for Publishing Career Fair is taking place this Friday, July 12. Hachette Book Group will be present at the fair to share some exciting professional opportunities  at their organization and how you can get involved.

Get some editing and publishing tips with a glimpse into this company by meeting Latoya, an Associate Editor for Grand Central Publishing and has been with Hachette Book Group since 2006:

“My name is Latoya Smith and I am African American with roots in Jamaica.  I began my publishing career while attending college at Temple University, working for Teri Woods at her independent publishing company. At the time, I was an avid reader of street-lit and general black fiction so working for Teri was a dream. After my first summer at Teri Woods Publishing, I changed my major to journalism (closest thing to book publishing) with a minor in African American studies.  After graduation, I realized I wanted more hands-on experience with the editorial process and joined Kensington Publishing working for the Dafina imprint.  Shortly, thereafter, I joined GCP and haven’t looked back.

One thing I love about working at GCP is not only do I get to work on African American titles, but mainstream projects as well which, I believe, makes me a well-rounded editor.  I am always watching bestseller lists to see the kinds of books readers want and apply it to the list I am building here.  Book bloggers as well as magazine and newspaper bestsellers lists are a great resource for staying abreast of trends and bestselling titles.  Writers conferences, trade shows, and other publishing events are great ways to network.  Although life as an editor can be demanding, prioritizing and organization have helped me stay on deadline and allow personal time for myself.”

October Spotlight: The Global Advantage

This month is all about the global advantage! NYU offers over a dozen different international study away locations to provide you with the ultimate global experience.

To kick off the conversation about the advantages of studying away, here’s a Wassertube video spotlighting insights from our employer partners and NYU students:

If coming to NYC for your education is a part of your global experience, then attend the international student orientation through the Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS) to make the most of your time here at NYU!