In this “Day-in-the-Lifee” blog post series, we will be featuring the profile and internship experience of our students from Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management as they reflect on what a typical day in their internship role looks like.
Name: Alex Malanoski ’24 (WHIT/NEW)
Majors: Finance and Broadcast & Digital Journalism
Internship Title/Company: Communications Compliance Brokerage Intern at Robinhood
Describe your position and what it entails?
I am interning for the communications with the public (RHF/RHS) team at Robinhood this summer. I am on the sixth week of my internship, and I have worked on a wide variety of projects throughout my time here. So far, I have gained invaluable knowledge on SEC, FINRA regulations governing brokerage communications while learning about QA and how to deal with a process break. My most recent project entailed drafting a product requirements document to kickstart the integration of our recordkeeping and management systems to streamline compliance processes.
What does a typical day in your role look like?
My position is remote, so I am based out of my home in Upstate New York. I try to clock in, Monday through Friday, around 9 a.m. I start off by answering any emails or Slack messages I have received, and then I get to work on the current project I am tackling. Right now, I have been updating our Wiki pages, so our employees have the resources they need to contact my team or other teams within the compliance realm.
Throughout the day, I attend various meetings with my teammates and fellow interns. Robinhood interns are assigned a mentor and a manager, who is just a call away if they have any questions. I always take a 30-minute lunch around noon, and I clock out around 5:30 p.m.
What do you look forward to the most coming to work?
My favorite part about being an intern is the opportunity to expand my skill set and gain valuable knowledge in the FinTech space. I consider myself a lifelong learner, and I am always trying to continue my education and learn about different industries and career paths available to me. I look forward to not just my projects but to those 30-minute calls with the members of my team that have decades of industry knowledge and wisdom to share with me.
How did you land this internship?
I have always been interested in the intersection of finance, communications and technology, so the FinTech industry has been incredibly appealing to me. I knew about Robinhood, but I had no intention of applying to a large organization this summer. During my internship search, I came across a connection with a recruiter for Robinhood to who I sent my resume and asked about open positions. I ended up applying to the one role that seemed to fit my skills and experience. After this, I went through a series of phone and video interviews for the compliance role and was eventually offered the position.
How has Whitman prepared you for this internship?
Whitman has prepared me for this internship by teaching me the importance of being a well-rounded student and individual in the business world. Last semester, I took the Whitman core classes that consisted of supply chain management, marketing, accounting and finance. Through taking those Whitman classes I realize the way these fields intersect in everyday life is often underestimated.
What have you learned so far from this experience?
From this experience, I have learned about the importance of time management and taking detailed notes. I have learned that having an obsession with the organization is a key skill in the professional world. My detailed notes and time management skills have afforded me independence on larger projects and have allowed me to increase efficiency and take on more critical roles.
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