By Andrew Aguilera,
Stillman News Editor
Sophia Joseph is a senior double majoring in marketing and information technology management with a minor in psychology. She is from Piscataway, New Jersey. She is a member of the Leadership Development Honors Program in the Stillman School of Business. She also works with Seton Hall University Athletics with their Marketing & Promotions team. Outside of school, she loves to travel and play/listen to music. The Stillman Exchange spoke with Sophia about her internship experience this past summer at J.P. Morgan Asset Management.
Q: What were your responsibilities as an intern?
A: At J.P. Morgan Asset Management, I was the Brand and Advertising Summer Analyst in Global Investment Management Marketing. I worked on a number of competitive analyses to better understand media spend with media partners, and worked with the team as they prepared for the new budget and future campaigns. I also worked on a global project regarding pension funds with a summer analyst in Hong Kong and presented to the team in Australia. Additionally, I supported the creative and content development for the company’s efforts on Yahoo! Finance and Barron’s.
Q: Why did you choose to apply for an internship at J.P. Morgan Asset Management?
A: J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. is a name that is known and respected all over the world and is prevalent in any industry. I knew that taking the chance and applying for an internship at this company would be allow me to learn from a great company. I knew I would not only learn about the umbrella company, but the different LOBs like Asset Management.
Q: How did you go about getting the internship?
A: I was looking at the career websites of different companies and looked for positions that were related to my coursework and interests. When I was looking at J.P. Morgan, I did not know where I would fit in as a Marketing student, so I applied to HR. After that first interview, they referred me to the marketing department I ended up interning with. After I applied, I interviewed with the team and was ecstatic to receive an offer for the summer.
Q: What was the most valuable skill that you learned while interning?
A: During my internship I learned two important things. First, I learned how important it is to network to better understand not only your team, but the organization as a whole. It really comes down to the people that you know. Once you develop those relationships, they are more inclined to work with you in the future. Secondly, I understood the importance of data and how it informs marketing decisions moving forward. The marketing team actually has a business intelligence team that does a deep dive into the information that allows the company to better allocate its resources.
Q: How was learning in a work environment different than learning in a classroom?
A: The learning in the work environment was significantly different because I was able to see the impact of my work and better understand how it affected the marketing team and the organization as a whole. The learning experience in the classroom is very theoretical and there is no opportunity to put those theories into practice. Being immersed in the company’s culture allows you to really understand the purpose of your work.
Q: What was the company culture like?
A: J.P Morgan’s company culture is amazing. From the very beginning, I felt so welcomed and everyone there wanted me to succeed. For orientation, they spent time talking about the company structure and the expectations of this global firm. There are many opportunities for employees to better themselves through various programs. I am very excited to be a part of J.P. Morgan and grow in the company culture.
Q: What were some skills that you learned at Seton Hall that you used in your internship?
A: A lot of my work in my advertising class and business intelligence class was so beneficial when doing my work during my summer internship. The networking and leadership skills that I have learned from the Gerald P. Buccino ‘63 Center for Leadership Development Honors Program really allowed me to meet with many different people at various levels in the firm and develop relationships with them.
Q: What advice would you give to students who are actively searching for internships?
A: I would tell students to not give up the search. It can be frustrating, but it is important to keep looking. Make sure to expand your search. Go directly to websites of companies that interest you and apply. If you do not know if you should apply, take the leap of faith and submit the application. It does not hurt to try and expand the potential offers for your next summer internship.
Q: What is next for you in your career?
A: I will working at J.P. Morgan Asset Management as a Marketing Rotational Analyst in Global Investment Management. I will have the opportunity to learn more about marketing for the company by rotating on to four different teams over a two year period.In the third year, I will receive my final placement.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, November 3rd print edition.
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