John Zeiner '16: Pursuing the perfect career in finance
Before his senior year even begins, John Zeiner will have completed a fourth internship in his quest to become familiar with different areas of finance. “It’s important to know which areas of finance or business that you do not want to pursue as a career,” says Zeiner, whose internship experiences include a small investment financial advisory company, a large financial services company, and a government agency in Washington, D.C.
"It’s important to know which areas of finance or business that you do not want to pursue."
This summer, Zeiner will intern at UBS Investment Bank in Stamford, CT.
During interviews at various companies including UBS, Zeiner competed against students from such schools as NYU, Cornell, Columbia, Brown, and MIT. “I felt more prepared and comfortable speaking about a variety of finance topics than many of my peers,” he says.
Along the way, Bryant alumni helped to open doors. In his freshman year, Zeiner met with Marissa Crean ’81, director of the Financial Leadership Development Program at The Hartford. She introduced him to an early immersion program that served as a stepping stone to an internship with the company.
The internship in D.C. was part of a semester-long academic and professional experience offered through The Washington Center Program. At the U.S. International Trade Commission, Zeiner worked under two senior analysts on research and analysis for two significant trade agreements currently under negotiation.
In September, Zeiner will join Bryant’s Archway Investment Fund (AIF), a student-managed portfolio that topped $1 million for the first time this year. This distinctive two-course program provides students with real-world experience, first by simulating what they’ll encounter to obtain a professional position, and then by giving them real money to manage as preparation for what they’ll actually do on the job. The securities analysis and portfolio management classes occur concurrently so that the two classes can meet weekly to present their ideas to each other, debate issues, and hear guest speakers.
“I look forward to the opportunity to blend my academic knowledge and internship experience to get everything out of the AIF that I possibly can,” says Zeiner. “It will be great to get together with like-minded individuals to discuss our views on the market.”