Part of a series about summer internships from Olin MBA ’20 students. Today we hear from Atiyana Evelyn, who worked at Capital Group as a summer marketing associate.
This summer I worked in Los Angeles at Capital Group doing marketing in their North America distribution department. When looking for internships, I never thought I would end up in the financial services industry.
As someone whose background is heavily marketing, with a brand focus, it was definitely a shift in gears. When preparing for my interview, I researched a lot about the company and what they did within that industry.
In addition to that, I looked at their products and tried to understand them as much as I could prior to going to LA to interview in person. During my interview, I actually said verbatim “I’m not going to lie, I don’t know anything about finance, but I know a lot about marketing and I am willing to learn.”
Honestly, Olin prepared me immensely for my internship this summer. It allowed me to have the skill set to jump into the learning curve quickly and become acclimated to my new environment.
For my specific role, I didn’t have to know too much about the financial services industry, but I have learned so much and am excited to apply what I’ve learned to my real life experiences.
I think one of the most valuable things about summer internships is being able to find your place. You have the opportunities to figure out what you want to do with your life and the direction you want to take it into.
I have loved marketing since I was 15 and I am glad to know that this is something I still want to pursue, regardless of the industry that I am in placed in. I am glad that Olin has provided me with the opportunities that I have participated in and I am excited to see what the future holds.