Div Dasani is a sophomore studying economics and MMSS.
Describe your summer internship.
As a private wealth management intern at Morgan Stanley, I was responsible for aiding my mentor in investing and growing the wealth of individuals and organizations while learning about the financial services industry. I did this by running financial reports, completing fee analyses, and creating technological solutions designed to increase the efficiency and productivity of my mentor.
How did you learn about the opportunity? What resources were especially helpful in your internship search?
I knew I wanted to gain experience in the financial services industry this summer, so I cold-called every financial institution in my area. I made sure to emphasize my work ethic, leadership skills, and eagerness to learn, and talked to as many individuals in each firm as possible. The network I had grown because of this was an invaluable resource in the procurement of my internship, as one of the individuals in this network introduced me to my mentor.
What did you enjoy most about the experience?
Learning about the financial services industry from my mentor was an extremely rewarding experience. My mentor walked me through his role at the firm, explained various technical concepts to me, and even taught me the safest and most remunerative ways to invest my income. Additionally, working at such a prestigious firm was a fulfilling experience, as I had all the resources and support I needed to prosper in this field. Every one of my coworkers was eager to share their experiences with me, and their advice really helped me grow professionally.
What is the biggest takeaway from your internship?
One of the most important lessons I learned through my internship is to never be afraid to think outside the box. Morgan Stanley rewards creativity, and this aspect of the firm really allowed me to prosper throughout my internship. I was able to use my newfound knowledge in wealth management and pair it with my proficiency in programming to deliver innovative software to my mentor, which allowed him to become more organized and efficient.
What advice do you have for students pursuing internships that will help them be most successful?
Network with as many professionals in your field as possible. Networking not only prepares you for your career by clarifying the responsibilities and tasks you will be faced with, it also provides you with invaluable connections that can open doors for you in the future. Additionally, once you form a network, be sure to maintain those connections, as this is the best way to sustain your network.