In this “Internship Experience” blog post series, we will be featuring the profile and thoughts of our students from Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management as they return from summer internships.
Name: Michael Antwi-Nsiah
Graduation Year: May 2020
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Intern Company/Title: Citigroup – Summer Analyst
Describe your position and some of your daily tasks?
As a summer analyst, your daily tasks change based on the desk you get placed, and desk placement is rotated every three weeks. However, on all the desks I was assigned, I was responsible for creating morning and afternoon market briefings. Also, I would shadow one or two people daily on various desk assignments to get an insight on other projects.
How did you land your internship?
I organically applied for this internship on the Citi website when I was studying abroad in London and I was fortunate enough to hear back for a first-round phone interview. After the phone interview, I was chosen to participate in a final round at the Citi office. The interview was scheduled for two days later, so I was not able to get a flight back to New York at the time. I thought that I had missed out on the opportunity. Over winter break, when I came back from London, I emailed one of the campus recruiters and explained to her that I was chosen for a final round interview, but I wasn’t able to make it because of the circumstances at the time. Luckily, Citi was about to host another round of final interviews about a week after I emailed the campus recruiter. I had to do another first-round interview and finally, I had my final round in NYC. The next day I got a phone call and was told that I was selected.
What did you learn from your internship experience?
During my internship, I learned so many technical parts of the sales and trading business that I would never have had exposure to without being at Citi. Due to the rotational design of the internship, I was able to learn about sales, trading, and structuring from a variety of different projects.
Has your experience changed your plans or career choice when you leave college?
I would have to say no because going into this internship, I was leaning towards doing sales and trading after I leave college. My internship experience confirmed what I wanted to do.
How will your internship experience help you after graduation?
I was offered a position, so I’m going to be back at Citi after graduation. Everything I learned over the summer will be relevant in terms of the work I’m going to be doing.
How has the Whitman School prepared you for your internship?
Whitman does a very good job of helping students build a solid foundation of financial knowledge. During my summer internship, I found that those of us with the solid finance backgrounds were the ones who were learned the more complex aspects quicker.
What did you enjoy most about your experience?
The thing I enjoyed most about my experience was the people that I met throughout the summer, both full-time employees and students in my summer analyst class. They were some of the smartest people I have ever met, and even the kindest people I met during my time in NYC.
Do you have any advice to students who are looking for an internship?
Internship hunting is a numbers game. Every year, there are many qualified candidates with exceptional resumes that don’t get offered first-round interviews just because of the volume of applicants. You should try to apply to as many places as possible to help increase the chances of hearing back from one. When I was applying to summer internships, I applied pretty much everywhere. I had only heard back from a couple, and eventually received one offer. It is important to remember that all you need is one and the more places you apply to the higher your chances are of getting an offer letter.