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Warren Sipe

Liberal Arts Major: Philosophy
Other Major: Finance
Minor: Economics, Spanish
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2021

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I interned with a boutique investment banking known as FT Partners which focuses on financial technology companies. I was responsible for crafting client presentations, creating financial models, and performing data analysis. I worked virtually for most of the summer but was able to travel out to San Francisco and see the office for the last week!

How did this experience impact you academically?

The internship gave me a practical experience of many of the concepts and principals that I have studied throughout my Penn State career. In particular, I was able to apply lessons about principles of business and addressing markets that I learned from my economics and finance classes. My experience this summer will motivate me to continue my study in these area because of its confirmation of my interest in these domains.

"I was able to apply lessons about principles of business and addressing markets that I learned from my economics and finance classes."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I plan to return full-time to FT Partners to continue working in their investment banking division. This internship showed me that I can be comfortable in finance and banking roles and confirmed that this is my desired career path. Looking forward, I can see myself staying in banking or transitioning over to a private equity / venture capital role.

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.)?

The funding that the college provided was extremely helpful in subsidizing my housing for the summer, allowing me to focus solely on the experience at hand. In addition, it allowed me to travel out to San Francisco for the last week of the internship. The in-person portion of the experience, although short, was invaluable as it gave me a look in at the typical form of the industry.

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

 

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