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Bailey Lanman

Liberal Arts Majors: Chinese and International Politics
Hometown: San Francisco, California

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience was being in a professional environment where I still felt like I could be myself. This internship program does an incredible job of teaching you how to be a young professional. I started to learn business acumen, how fast-paced the business world moves, what people's expectations are for you in business, and so much more. I have always enjoyed a fast-paced work environment but I had never been in a fast-paced business environment before. I felt like I was able to thrive in this type of environment, and even though I was nervous and still learning at first, I started to really get the hang of it. Being in the business world was something I was a little scared to be part of, but I came out on the other side absolutely loving it.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This internship taught me a lot of new skills that I believe will not only help me professionally but also academically and socially. It taught me a lot about being confident in what you know and how you approach a situation. It also taught me how important it is to be organized and pay attention to details. Being organized was always something I was good at, but paying attention to details is definitely something with which I struggled. Knowing that PE firms and Hedge Funds would be reading the reports I would be writing, put an extra emphasis on the importance of paying attention to details. I think this is how I improved the most and this skill will help me academically whether I am taking a test, writing a paper, or even reading over a textbook.

"The best part of my experience was being in a professional environment where I still felt like I could be myself."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Not only did I get to experience what an Associate role is like, but I got to see what managers and VP's do as well. Additionally, I got to see what a day looks like for our clients (PE firms, consultancies, hedge funds, etc.). I learned about so many different jobs and it really taught me what I like and what I don't like. I think I would really enjoy being a manager, part of a PE firm, or a consultant in my future career.

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