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Victoria Arnold

Liberal Arts Major(s): Economics
Other Major: Finance
Hometown: Quakertown, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my internship was the fact that I was able to do and learn something new each and every day. Nobody truly knows what a job entails until they actually do it for themselves, and it was incredible to be able to get such a hands on experience across the many facets of investment banking throughout my time as a summer intern. From morning client meetings to afternoon NDA discussions, as well as some late night financial modeling, the breadth of work I was able to accomplish in just ten weeks was astonishing.

The best part of my internship was the fact that I was able to do and learn something new each and every day

How did this experience impact you academically?

It was intriguing to see how my course work and extracurricular involvements would help me throughout my internship. The most substantial relation between my time at Penn State and my summer internship was, by far, the work I've done within the Nittany Lion Fund. This organization was able to provide me not only with so many of the necessary technical skills required for an internship in investment banking, but also with networking skills, which helped me tremendously in the interpersonal aspect of the job. I'm excited to see how I can now use what I learned throughout the summer back at Penn State, both within my Economics and Finance classes, as well as through building upon the knowledge of those involved with the Nittany Lion Fund now.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

After completing my summer internship, I was thankful to be able to accept an offer to return to the bank full-time after graduation. I'm excited to see what two more years within Morgan Stanley Investment Banking will hold for me and how much further I will progress as an analyst at the bank. I look forward to further building upon my knowledge and will use that to better myself as an employee wherever I decide to go next, whether it be more time at Morgan Stanley or elsewhere. Additionally, I'm thankful for the network that my internship provided me with and am excited to continue expanding this network after graduation.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

I remember walking through the Sparks Building as a freshman, reading the posters on the walls of past Paterno Fellows, and being so impressed by the work that they did and the accomplishments that they had achieved. Reading the stories of these individuals so early on in my time at Penn State helped to instill in me a drive to push myself and to consider any opportunity that came my way. I aimed to be the best possible version of myself, just as each of these students did, and, so far, I think I have been successful in achieving that. I look forward to all that the future holds and hope that my future will be as exciting as what I've heard about from so many past Paterno Fellows.

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