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Daniel Pasquariello

Major: Economics
Minor: Business
Hometown: Melbourne, Australia

How did you learn about this opportunity?

To apply to this enrichment experience I networked my way into the firm. Through the guidance of my mentor, I recognized how important networking would be to securing an internship. I did my research and discovered a Penn State alumnus within the investment management division of Geller and Company. After making contact with him, he gave me a few interviews in the Human Capital department as well as the Chief Investment Office. After interviewing, I was awarded the internship for the summer of 2017

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

My time at Geller and Company was an experience of a lifetime. Living and working in New York City is something that I have dreamed of for a long time. I am very proud to say that I have had this experience. More importantly I have learned so much while on the job in NYC. From the daily market valuation meetings, to the investor selection committee, to all of the ground work that goes on in between, I have truly discovered that I want to get into Investment Management upon graduation. This internship wasn't all about living and working in New York City, it was more about finding exactly what I want to do with my life and investments is where I want to be.

"Penn State truly set me up for success as I was able to obtain a strong base which not only allowed me to hit the ground running in my internship, but also allowed me to stand out in my cohort."

How did this experience impact you academically?

My internship really opened the doors for me academically. It allowed me to put to good use everything I have used in the classroom from investment return calculation, research skills, and even how to use excel. Penn State truly set me up for success as I was able to obtain a strong base which not only allowed me to hit the ground running in my internship, but also allowed me to stand out in my cohort.

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

This internship truly allowed me to discover what I want to do in my future career.  I still don't know whether I want to work here in America, or back home in Australia. I am blessed with the option to choose from both when the time comes. Nonetheless, I have discovered that I would like to work in Investment Management. My experience here at Geller has given me intangible exposure to the field and great learning experiences.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would certainly recommend any kind of internship to other Liberal Arts students because the worst thing that you can get out of it is an unbelievable experience. Even if you work out that you don't want to be in a given field you have still learned something about yourself. Knowing what you don't want to do is almost as good as knowing what you want to do, and any kind of internship is a great starting point to finding out what you truly want to do in your career.

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