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Internship: EBS - Brokertech
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Yoav Poni

Major: International Economy and Politics
Minor: French
Hometown: Herzliya, Israel

How did you learn about this opportunity?

During the career fairs, I tried to reach out to as many recruiters as possible. I followed up with each new network with an email sharing my resume. Nothing came up until I got an email from EBS - Brokertec mentioning that they would like to speak with me over the phone. The interview over the phone was pretty basic and straightforward but I had to do my “homework” like knowing the share price for the company. The second interview was more about why I was interested in working for them during the summer.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

Working in EBS Brokertec has been a great experience. I did not know a lot of the financial markets and since I started the internship I have learned a lot and gained a lot of experience in trading, reading and understanding how the financial markets work. My work in EBS Brokertec has varied but mostly I have shadowed the current employees. I attended meetings in banks and with other clients like hedge fund traders. People have been very nice regarding helping me understand how their day-to-day job works. I had daily tasks to complete and I stayed extra hours or came in earlier in the morning to complete tasks. In addition, I completed my internship in New York City which in itself was a great opportunity of experiences.

How did this experience impact you academically?

I had a lot of time to discuss and think about what I want to do when I graduate college. I tried to listen and understand those who are willing to give me their advice about school. From what I have learned about the business, I think that now I can better navigate my way to a career in international economics and politics. I have a huge affiliation to politics by my nature and economics has interested me since I can remember. After the internship I am able to see clearly what I want to do and how my degree from Penn State will benefit me.

After the internship I am able to see clearly what I want to do and how my degree from Penn State will benefit me.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

I want to keep studying and learning as much as I can about the foundations and concepts of economics so I could apply my education to future summer internships. These internships will provide me with strong experiences in the financial industry. I think my experience impacted my goals a little but from my perspective it only made what I always thought clear. I should work hard in school, get good internships to build my knowledge and experience therefore when I am ready to graduate I am more marketable to a variety of potential employers.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Yes, EBS - Brokertec is a firm that is very different than any other financial firm out there. People are very relationship based and they are very respective of interns. 

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