Find out how Joel Semakula worked hard, made connections, and learned quickly during his summer internship, leading him to a full-time job at one of the world’s best financial services firms.
Hometown: London, UK
Alma Mater: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Major in College: Economics, Political Science
Current Job: Investment Banking Analyst in NYC
Favorite Movie: The Rush Hour films (Rush Hour 2 especially)
Describe your internship experience.
In 2010, the summer after my sophomore year, I was an Investment Banking Analyst within the healthcare sector. After a week of training I started my job as a summer analyst. I was put to the test of functioning as a full-time analyst to see if I could do the job full-time. I worked on a number of different projects, and one of the highlights was being part of the team that announced the $6.8 billion leveraged buyout of KCI by the private equity firm, Apax. It was exciting and rewarding to see something I worked on end up in the Wall Street Journal. On the last day of the internship, I received an offer to return to the Healthcare Group full-time.
What goals did you set during your internship?
I came into my internship with 3 main goals:
1) To get a job offer at the end of my internship. I knew this would be particularly helpful in the senior year recruiting process.
2) To build the technical skills that would enable me to be successful as a junior person in finance.
3) To network with as many people as possible to get a complete idea of the experience the job provided and opportunities that would arise upon finishing the Analyst program.
What were the most valuable skills you gained from your internship?
1) The ability to network; I quickly learned that networking is key no matter what you choose to do.
2) The ability to continuously build my brand: the internship was a ten week interview and I constantly had to be able to articulate my strength and sell myself in a short amount of time.
What made your employers want to hire you?