Coming up on my second and final year I would like to reflect on what’s happened since I last wrote; particularly my summer and internship in NYC. After school ended I had about a month before my internship started in NYC, giving me a lot of time to chill before my expected 100+ hour weeks at the bank. I decided to spend half of that month in Austin and the second two weeks in NYC.The first two weeks in Austin consisted of hanging out by the pool at Gregory Gym by day and downtown Austin by night. It was a pretty cushy way to spend two weeks in what I consider to be one of the best cities in America, especially without any obligations – work or school. By the end of the first two weeks of the break, there were fewer and fewer of my fellow students around as many of them were off to their internships already, so once June 1st came around it was good that it was time to head to NYC.
Before starting work I had a few friends already scheduled to visit me – the first group, two days after I arrived, came in from London. The apartment I was staying in was a one bedroom apartment on the upper west side and big for 1 person, but for some reason seemed very small for 3 girls and 2 guys. It’s a good thing we spent very little time in the apartment and did a few touristy things during the day and out at night. Though it was great to see them, I was not disappointed to see them leave as I definitely needed a few days off before work started on the 15th. Unfortunately, those days off would be short-lived as the second visitor came only a day after the Londoners left. A friend from McCombs who was also doing banking, but in Houston for the summer, was in NYC for training and needed a place to stay for a couple days before his training started. The weekend wasn’t as debaucherous as the previous week of guests, in fact he forced me to go for a couple runs – which I hate to do, but was definitely good for me.
The long-awaited day finally arrived and on June 15th I started my internship with training down in the Financial District. Training was to last 4 days, and I would be at my desk in midtown at the end of the fourth day. Starting the internship I had 4 goals: 1) find out if banking was something I could do, 2) find out if banking was something I wanted to do, 3) find out if I wanted to do it in the group I was in, 4) fill out my skill set to include a technical and analytical aptitude to build complex excel models. The internship started off very slow and for the first week or so it was a “hurry up and wait” situation. As an eager intern I really wanted to get my hands dirty in some work and wasn’t given the chance until the start of the 3rd week. At that point I was given responsibility of running a project that was to be a pitch to a very large private software company that provided services to the financial services industry.