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Internship with Allegis Group
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Perry Gemmell

Major: Economics
Minor: Business and the Liberal Arts
Hometown: Malvern, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

During my junior year, I applied for a mentor through the College of Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program. After I was paired with my mentor and he provided me with guidance and coaching surrounding my internship search, he became aware that his company was hiring summer interns. I interviewed for the position that I felt aligned most with my skill set and I ended up getting the internship. Without my alumni mentor, I never would've found out about Allegis Group or the internship opportunity.

"Working for a staffing agency this summer has been an invaluable opportunity to analyze the job market and basically do the homework for my upcoming job search."

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

I'm serving as a Corporate Strategy & Marketing Intern. I'm responsible for analyzing competitor financials, assisting the Director of Strategic Investments with M&A, analyzing competitor digital marketing campaigns, refining our company's digital marketing presence, writing blog posts, and creating marketing plans to leverage some of the company's partnerships. Initially, I was hired as a Market Research intern but my responsibilities increased significantly since then (a result of the head of Market Research leaving the company). Because my boss has taken on additional responsibilities, I have been able to work on projects that she would have to do otherwise if she didn't have me to assist her. Working on real projects, rather than filing papers and getting coffee has definitely been the most rewarding aspect for me thus far.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience gave me much more clarity on the academic courses that I was lacking. Before this internship, I was unsure of my career plans post-graduation. I now realize I want to focus more on investing. Since I'm not going to be an economist, I'm going to seek out the courses that will give me the most knowledge for practical application in the world of finance.

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

My goal is to decide on the specific path within investing I'd like to pursue, whether that be investment banking, financial analysis, etc. Once I make that decision, I'd like to take as many courses as possible to prepare for my career, as well as join any clubs or organizations that will increase my knowledge of the sector. Working for a staffing agency this summer has been an invaluable opportunity to analyze the job market and basically do the homework for my upcoming job search. As a result of this internship experience, I believe I'll be able to position myself nicely to interview for a career in finance this year.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Absolutely. I would recommend applying for an alumni mentor because you never know what will come of it. I also recommend applying for academic credit because it is a good way to break up your internship and be sure you're getting the most out of it.

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