Wharton Women have been up to incredible things during the summer of 2018! Keep reading to find out, in their own words, what they accomplished in their time away from Penn:
Class of 2019
Mergers & Acquisitions (Evercore Partners): Lydia Chen, New York, NY
This summer (and my last before graduating!), I had the opportunity to work in investment banking at Evercore, a boutique advisory firm. Over the course of 10 weeks, I was staffed on many interesting deals across the tech, media, insurance, and Asian Alliances industries. For example, my favorite deal involved sourcing potential acquisition targets in Southeast Asia for a large Mexican cinema chain. In addition, being part of a small class of 50 interns made all of our organized summer activities even more fun—we had a softball tournament, participated in Habitat for Humanity, and even went to a country club in Long Island! Finally, I lived in the East Village in Manhattan which was the perfect location for good food, friends, and fun nightlife. Happy to talk about my experience, so feel free to reach out!
Real Estate Investment Banking (Eastdil Secured): Jessica Futoran, New York, NY
This summer, I had the incredible opportunity to dive into the world of real estate from the point of view of an investment banker. Aside from the breathtaking views of Central Park at the office, the internship was also extremely enriching and taught me volumes about the real estate markets and just how many different industries are touched by real estate. I was surrounded by professionals with incredible insights, some who could take you on tours of downtown Manhattan and describe the history of every last building that graces those streets. I personally got to work on projects from a financial standpoint for companies that own healthcare properties, big malls, and even large hotel chains. I am grateful for the experience and New York adventure!
Class of 2020
Nutritional Research Company (BodyBio): Stefanie Williams, Millville, New Jersey
This past summer, I interned at a small nutritional supplement and research company, BodyBio, located in Millville, New Jersey. Before I began my internship, however, my summer started off with a whirlwind trip to Italy as part of the Wharton International Program. During this short ten-day program, I visited 4 Italian cities and toured an array of Italian firms. During my internship, I helped with the company’s rebrand, assisting the marketing team with recreating their website and webstore, helping with product shots, designing bottle labels, and creating marketing materials, such as a catalog and several ads. I loved working at a smaller company where I was given a lot of responsibility and had many unique experiences. There was no typical day for me, as I worked on a different project almost every week.
Investment Banking (J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.): Eugenia Carmona, New York, NY
During the summer, I worked at the Latin America Advisory division of the Corporate and Investment Bank at J.P. Morgan. Being from Venezuela and a Finance major, the internship was a great fit for me. Since my group was region-specific (as opposed to industry-specific), I had the opportunity to work on pitches and help with company valuation across segments such as consumer retail, construction, media, mining and financial institutions. Although the hours were tough, I loved being able to contribute to the economic development of my native region. Similarly, the people in my team were very nice and easy-going – we even watched the World Cup at times! I loved being in NYC and seeing my friends from Penn on the weekends.
It is also worth mentioning that I participated in the Wharton International Program (just as Stefanie!), but in Spain. I really enjoyed the experience, since I am very interested in retail and we got to visit incredible companies such as Amazon and Stuart Weitzman. If any of this sounds appealing to you, feel free to reach out!
Class of 2021
Hospitality and Travel (Océano Patagonia): Shreya Subramanian, Buenos Aires, Argentina
This summer I got to work as a Finance/Business Development Intern for a hotel company called Océano Patagonia in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I worked with the owners of this hotel on some great projects including evaluating new properties to add to their tourism portfolio. I spent the majority of my summer in Buenos Aires, but I got to spend three weeks in coastal Patagonia at the boutique hotel owned by Océano Patagonia. During these three weeks I lived and worked at the hotel, met guests from all over the world, and got a taste of hotel management. I also got to see lots of whales, sea lions and penguins. I loved getting to immerse myself in Argentine culture and the business of hospitality this summer!
Risk Management (TD Ameritrade): Sahitya Mandalapu, New York, NY
This summer I got to work as a Financial Risk Management intern at TD Ameritrade. I had the opportunity to conduct research on current macroeconomics and help revise code in SQL. I even got to travel to Chicago to deliver a final presentation and shadow the trading floor. It was great exposure to not only risk, but also other aspects of finance. While working in Jersey City, I lived in New York City and had so much fun exploring. My favorite activities included going to art museums, trying novelty ice cream places, and running to cool destinations in Manhattan. I have so many lists of restaurants and other fun things to do in the city, so hit me up for recommendations!
Expert Network Startup (Link Global): Laura Chu, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
This summer, I had the opportunity to work as a Research Analyst Intern for an Expert Network startup founded by Penn alumni in Hong Kong. I helped connect our clients of management consulting and investment firms with experts in various subject matter. My project topics ranged from fashion, to pharmaceuticals, to many other industries, and I was able to test my proficiency in business Chinese through cold-calling experts.
In addition to exploring Hong Kong, I traveled to Vietnam and Singapore as well. I adored the vibrant communities I found across Asia, as well as the working environment I found at Lynk Global. I’m continuing to work remotely for the startup, and am grateful for all that I learned this summer!
Study Abroad in China (Harvard Beijing Academy): Joshita Varshney, Beijing, China
I kicked off my summer by traveling in India for 10 days with my family. I then flew to Beijing, where I spent nine weeks studying abroad. I had the opportunity to climb the Great Wall, sample a large variety of cosmopolitan cuisine, and even conduct a research project on the Hui minority in Xi’an. I concluded my adventures with a four-day trip to Dubai where I got a chance to visit some of the city’s most popular attractions. This experience shaped myself to unthinkable degrees.
WIP Trip to Spain and Retail in NYC: Margaux Carré, New York, NY
This summer, I flew to Spain with Wharton students and faculty after the end of finals in May to study retail in Madrid and Barcelona as part of our WIP course. Throughout our ten days there, we visited both spanish and international companies and learned more about the importance of retail in Spain. We also took part in cultural visits, such as a tour of the Sagrada Familia or the town of Toledo. After getting back from Spain, I spent two months working for Barneys NY in Manhattan, working in their financial planning division. It was an amazing experience, and it was great being able to compare what I had learned about retail in Spain to an American retailer.
Finance and Retail (Rubie’s Costume Company): Rachel Brenner, New York, NY
This summer, I was surrounded by fake blood, scary statues, and endless costumes– interning with the finance team of the world’s largest costume manufacturer, Rubie’s Costume Company! I got to experience the entire acquisition process: brainstorming potential counterparties, calculating potential synergies, and finalizing actual mergers. Overall, the opportunity to work on a smaller team provided me with an immense amount of responsibility and learning. More importantly, I acquired an obscenely amazing costume for this halloween (look out for me on October 31st)!
Written by Shreya Subramanian (W’ 21) and Stefanie Williams (W’ 20).