Morgan Stanley Operations Summer Analyst Program
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Kaylani Chang

Major: Economics
Minor: Mathematics
Hometown: Yorba Linda, CA

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

My summer at Morgan Stanley was better than I had ever expected. Going into the program, I was expecting the office to have a strict corporate culture with a management hierarchy of which I would be at the very bottom. It was the exact opposite. I was fortunate to have been a part of an amazing internship class - people from different places and backgrounds but with the same ambitions and drive. The people that worked at the office were the most welcoming; they genuinely wanted you to succeed during your summer at Morgan Stanley and provided you with more resources than you could ever imagine in order to accomplish all your goals for the summer. I would highly recommend the program to anyone considering a career in operations or even in finance. Morgan Stanley has one of the greatest cultures in the workplace that I have ever experienced.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Something interesting that I learned in terms of your academics and your occupation is that ultimately what you major in does not matter. I have talked to a million people that are so worried that they picked the wrong major, and after networking with tons of different people at Morgan Stanley over the summer I've come to realize that you can really do whatever you want regardless of your major (not including technical jobs like engineering or health services). My Vice President was a music major; she wanted to become an opera singer, and now she works at Morgan Stanley - something she did not expect at all. I think that doing well in college shows employers that you can manage your time well and can handle responsibility.

I was fortunate to have been a part of an amazing internship class - people from different places and backgrounds but with the same ambitions and drive.

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

My career goals from this point on are not related to finance whatsoever, and my internship plays a big factor in that decision. I went into this internship already unsure if I wanted to pursue a career in finance, but I had an open mind. Morgan Stanley was probably the best company I could have worked for under these circumstances because it was the best possible environment in which I could make a decision. There were no other factors contributing to me not liking the work content because the environment was so positive and supportive. Because of my internship this summer, I came to realize that although I do enjoy working with numbers, I would rather do something that was a bit more creative.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Yes - the experience helped me so much in being able to enjoy fully my time in a different city with different people and a bunch of different things that I wanted to experience.

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