Investment banking interns are go. They are elite and they are determined. At Goldman Sachs, the interns are so keen that they are reportedly being forced to leave the office at night.
We’ve already identified some of this year’s exceptional interns in London. Here are a few more from around the world. This time we’ve included interns who are interesting people as well as those who are just frighteningly well qualified.
1. Nicholas Ang is interning at J.P. Morgan, in the TMT Group in New York
Who is Nicholas? Nicolas is an accounting and finance student at the Leonard Stern School of Business at NYU. This is the second summer he’s joined J.P. Morgan’s technology, media and telecommunications group in NY. – He was there last summer too.
What makes him special? Nicolas has amassed the sort of past experience that would make most interns blanch. As well as working for J.P. Morgan previously, he’s interned at activist hedge fund Clinton Group, at private equity fund fund MTN partners (both in NY) and at Citi in Singapore and Blue Edge Advisers, a Singapore-based global macro hedge fund. Ang isn’t exactly interesting, but he’s impressive.
2. Karan Parekh is interning at the Blackstone Group in New York
Who is Karan? Karan is a student at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
What makes him special? Like Nicolas, Karan is well equipped with finance internships. He’s already been a summer intern at Evercore and GE Capital. More interesting, however, is the massive number of finance related competitions he’s entered and won. These include: the MIT Trading competition (5th place), the Bloomberg Aptitude Test (top 5 all time score), the Business Today International Competition (first place) and the Credit Suisse Case Competition (2nd place). There are plenty more…
3. Oranda (Xinyuan) Hou is interning in IBD at J.P. Morgan in Hong Kong
Who is Oranda? Oranda is a student at the University of Pennsylvania and at the Wharton School. On one hand, she’s studying a B.A. Music at Upenn. on the other she’s studying a B.S. Finance at Wharton.
What makes her special? Alongside the interesting duality of her studies, Oranda displays an interesting duality of work experience. On one hand, she’s been a private equity summer analyst at Standard Chartered. On the other, she’s been an assistant editor at Walt Disney and a publicity intern at Universal Music. Most finance applicants these days breathe finance. Oranda breathes finance, and music. Most interestingly, she’s a poet and came second in a poetry tournament.
4. Alyssa Maharani is interning at the Blackstone Group in New York
Who is Alyssa? Alyssa is studying finance and accounting at Wharton.
What makes her special? Like Oranda, Alyssa’s experience is not restricted to finance. Yes, she’s also interned at Citi, but alongside that she’s worked in TV and for teen magazines. For three and a half years between 2008 and 2011, she was a reporter for ‘High School’ and ‘Teenlicious’, both Indonesian TV shows.
5. Connie Chen is interning in IBD at Jefferies in New York
Who is Connie? Connie is studying a BS in Economics at Wharton.
What makes her special? Connie may be interning in IBD but her real passion is…the environment. She’s co-founder of sustainabliity consulting firm The Environ Group. She’s also been a summer intern in the environmental crimes department of the U.S. Department of Justice.
6. Josh Goldman is interning at Morgan Stanley in London
Who is Josh? Josh is studying maths and economics at the London School of Economics.
What makes him special? Josh is chairman and former president of the LSE Alternative Investment Conference. He’s on track for a 1st class degree and achieved three A*s at A level – including 100% in all four core mathematics modules. He was head boy at school and has been a ‘scholar’ at Deloitte. Basically, he’s formidably bright.
7. Freddie Nagel-Davis is interning in fixed income trading at J.P. Morgan in London
Who is Freddie? Freddie has a first class degree in philosophy and maths from the University of Bristol. He also has four A levels, all graded A*.
What makes him special? Freddie is clearly a clever fellow and he’s already had plenty of prior finance experience (eg. summer analyst at Armajaro Asset Management, fixed income sales at BAML.) What’s most interesting, however, are his non-finance activities. He’s been an off cycle intern in ‘kidnap and ransom sales’ at Hiscox insurance brokers. He’s been an assistant martial arts instructor. And he’s spent nearly three years as an events manager for Vesper Black, an up-market party organizer which runs, “Exclusive parties in London. Affiliated with film, fashion and media.”
8. Ravi Prasad is interning in investment research at Goldman Sachs in London
Who is Ravi? Ravi is studying economics at Cambridge.
What makes him special? Ravi hasn’t just interned in banking, he’s also interned at the Times Newspapers, where he contributed to a blog and was a member of the data team covering the UK elections. He’s also interned at UNICEF. He got the top GCSE maths grade out of 251,000 people in the whole country in 2010. He has 4A*s at A level and was head prefect at school. He came 2nd out of 750 entries in a competition run by the Royal Economics Society for an essay titled, ‘A breakup of the euro provides the best hope of a durable recovery for the European Economy. Discuss.’
9. Alex Serin is interning at Goldman Sachs, in the natural resources group in New York
Who is Alex? Alex is studying a Bachelor of Business Administration at City University of New York-Baruch College – Zicklin School of Business.
What makes him special? Firstly, Alex isn’t studying at a Harvard or Wharton – he’s studying at Baruch, which is up and coming but outside the Ivy League. Secondly, Alex has grit. In summer 2014 he was a summer analyst at Legend Securities by day and worked nights at the Surf Lodge, ‘a high volume restaurant’ in Montauk by night. None of the other interns we’ve come across has shown this kind of determination.