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Meridian Bank
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Michael Kavka

Liberal Arts Major(s): Economics
Minor: Information Systems and Statistical Analysis
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2020

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

This summer, I worked as a Business Analyst intern under the Information Systems Department at Meridian Bank, a commercial bank based in Malvern, Pennsylvania. As a virtual intern, I would often begin my workday at 9am by working on departmental tasks, such as data verification in Excel and analyzing reports in IBM Cognos. Right before noon, we would often have a few department meetings, where we discussed the bank's new projects. As I wrapped up my day around 5pm, I worked on intern tasks, such as attending book club, where we discussed chapter readings on a novel we were given to read. In addition, we had one in-person event, a community service project where we volunteered to clean up the Phoenixville community garden.

How did this experience impact you academically?

By being exposed to data programs such as IBM Cognos, SQL, and Microsoft Power BI, I will be able to transfer this experience towards my quantitative Economics courses, specifically econometric classes. This internship gave me a well-rounded perspective on data analysis that will enable me to quickly adapt to future courses. 

This internship gave me a well-rounded perspective on data analysis that will enable me to quickly adapt to future courses. 

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This internship further heightened my passion towards a career in banking, specifically anything regarding quantitative analysis. It has also sparked a curiosity in possibly attending grad school for quantitative finance in order to further pursue my education. 

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

This internship first began with my Liberal Arts mentor. I was initially unaware of the process of applying to internships, but my mentor helped guide me towards tailoring my resume and networking on LinkedIn. My mentor also encouraged me to attend Fall Career Days, where I was able to give my elevator speech to a worker at Meridian Bank, and the rest is history. 

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website. 
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