Congrats Oswald on your internship with Goldman Sachs!
Can you walk us through the steps you took to get this internship?
I received the internship during a summer Convention that I attended thanks to the Hispanic Business Student Association. The convention was hosted through the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) who host a national convention for students and professionals every year. Every year, HBSA works to raise money to send around 40 members to ALPFA National Convention. The 4-day convention is composed of workshops, competitions, company receptions, and a huge career fair that ALPFA members from across the country can attend. In addition to those opportunities at the convention, ALPFA also has a job portal that lets students apply for internships prior to the start of the convention. That was how I was able to apply for the internship and start the recruiting process with Goldman Sachs. As soon I arrived to Vegas, the location for the convention, I was really excited when I opened my email to find an interview invitation. Soon after the interview, I got the opportunity to network with Goldman Sachs professionals at a reception that they hosted the next day. A few weeks later I received an invitation for a prerecorded video interview via HireVue. About a month later, I got an invitation for a third and final round of interviews that the firm refers to as superday. On superday, I had three 30-minute interviews with a few investment banking executives and upper management. About two days after the superday interviews I received a phone call from the New York office extending me an internship offer for the upcoming summer. The most exciting aspect of the internship is having the opportunity to work with interns from all over the country at the firm’s headquarters in New York City. I have never been in New York so I will be able to experience the culture and environment during the summer. In addition, I will also be interning and networking with students from top universities who will and who are already doing great things.
If someone wanted a job like yours, what advice would you give them?
A piece of advice that I would give is to always be confident in who you are when it comes down to interviewing for any internship. I think it is one of the most important things is to be yourself during the interview and to be proud of what you have to bring to the table. When you are selected for an interview it is because you are qualified and now the interviewers want to see if you are a good fit for the company. In addition, show that you are passionate about the position by doing outside research about the company and by connecting with others who are currently working there or who have interned there in the past. What helped me with the interview was that I was able to reach out to a couple of friends that interned and worked full-time for Goldman Sachs. I was also assigned a mentor within the firm to help me prepare for the interviews by answering my questions and giving me advice. Overall, remember to show the best side of you, do your research, and ask others for help.
Congratulations again Oswald!
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