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Rodrigo Fernandez

Liberal Arts Major: Economics
Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
Experience Time: Summer 2021

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

This summer experience has taught me about the business relationships that a global bank has with multinational corporations. Throughout the past few weeks, I've developed a better understanding of the different products that a bank can offer companies in different industries in order to reach new markets, make their supply chains more efficient, or reduce their overall cost of operations.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This summer experience has allowed me to take the lessons I've learned since my freshman year as an undergrad into a real professional setting. By doing so, I've been able to refine many aspects of the work I deliver and understand how it can actually impact and contribute to a team of professionals.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Since graduating from high school, I knew that I wanted to transition into a career in banking after completing my college career. After my first couple of semesters and many networking experiences, I realized that this idea wasn't enough because of the many roles available in the industry. After doing some research and talking to people who were already in banking, I realized that my quantitative and soft skills would allow me to comfortably transition into a career in Corporate Banking Coverage. This summer experience has confirmed that this is the role I want to pursue after finishing my studies at Penn State.

"I've been able to refine many aspects of the work I deliver and understand how it can actually impact and contribute to a team of professionals."

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The classes that I've taken from the College of the Liberal Arts have not only allowed me to arrive at my summer internship with a vast understanding of both microeconomics and macroeconomics, but it has also allowed me to participate in thought-provoking conversations with managers and fellow interns. I believe that the strong focus by the College of the Liberal Arts to include real-world scenarios and examples in their classes has allowed me to do an even better job at my internship experience.

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