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Liberty Mutual Insurance
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Taksh Tripathi

Liberal Arts Major(s): Economics
Other Major: Finance
Hometown: Allentown, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2020

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

This summer, I interned with Liberty Mutual Insurance, and more specifically with the Investments division. I worked mainly with the Global Fixed Income team and traders, learning about the investment portfolio and the credit market. I was also involved with new issue orders, project planning, data analysis, and credit research.

How did this experience impact you academically?

I was deeply immersed into the world of fixed income. At Penn State, I previously only had experience with the public equity market through the Nittany Lion Fund, so to be working with the Global Fixed Income team and following the markets daily (especially during the pandemic and the recent bounce-back rally) was really interesting. I also learned about other areas of investing, which means that I will return to campus with not just a better theoretical knowledge of finance and economics, but also a practical one.

I also learned about other areas of investing, which means that I will return to campus with not just a better theoretical knowledge of finance and economics, but also a practical one.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This internship was crucial to my career goals. As someone who strives to enter the financial services industry, understanding debt and the credit market is highly important. Additionally, to have a brand name and detailed experience on my resume as a rising junior will only make me a more unique candidate for future positions, and show the passion and knowledge I have for economics and finance.

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.)?

I think the main benefit of the college has been through taking a course on International Trade, and through the enrichment funds provided. The financial support really helped in making things more available to me, such as being able to afford an additional mouse and keyboard, which may sound trivial, but ended up being the most vital pieces of equipment I used. Ordinarily, such equipment would not be in my overall budget.

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