Internship Spotlight: Andrew Hustick

By Andrew Aguilera,
Stillman News Editor

Andrew Hustick is a senior from Long Island, New York double-majoring in finance and information technology management. He is a member of the Gerald P. Buccino ’63 Center for Leadership Development. Within the program, he co-led the American Heart Association fundraiser in his sophomore year. Currently, he is bringing a fundraising initiative to campus in partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Q: What were your responsibilities as an intern?
A: As an intern, I worked in Corporate Finance supporting several tax teams within Corporate Finance. I also supported the Transfer Pricing and International tax teams throughout the summer, where my responsibilities varied from assisting in preparing State Tax apportionment for BlackRock to working with intercompany loans and agreements.

Q: Why did you choose to apply for an internship at BlackRock?
A: I applied for an internship at BlackRock because I thought it would be a great place for me to learn and develop my skills within a very successful finance organization. I had heard that the culture at BlackRock was really great and I thought it would be exciting to work for a company that has reached such great success in such a short amount of time.

Q: How did you go about getting the internship?
A: I applied for the internship online through BlackRock’s campus recruiting website, and had the opportunity to meet a Managing Director from BlackRock at the finance networking forum prior to the application process who gave me information about the internship program. I interviewed, and fortunately received a position.

Q: What was the most valuable skill that you learned while interning?
A: The most valuable skill I learned while interning is networking within a professional environment. In school, we are taught all of the time about the importance of networking, and for me applying it in a professional environment was a learning experience. I was able to make a lot of great connections over the summer and even met some great Pirates that I did not know worked at BlackRock along the way.

Q: How was learning in a work environment different than learning in a classroom?
A: Learning in a work environment was different than learning in a classroom because in most cases, while solving a problem you do not have a clear answer or solution. In the classroom, many times you problem solve for one answer or solution, where in a work environment there could be many different options that you must consider and identify which will be most efficient.

Q: What was the company culture like?
A: BlackRock has a great culture that really fosters innovation and inclusion. I had the opportunity to work with people from all over the world, which I really enjoyed. The culture pushes everyone to be an innovator and come up with new ideas to continue improving performance and the work environment. It really is a welcoming culture, and anyone I met whether they were an Associate or Managing Director, was always willing to give their time to sit with me and discuss their experience at BlackRock. BlackRock has a great culture which made it enjoyable to go work everyday.

Q: What were some skills that you learned at Seton Hall that you used in your internship?
A: Some of the skills that I learned at Seton Hall that I used in my internship varied from technical skills to personal skills. Interpersonal skills that I have learned at Seton Hall helped me to establish a new network of connections, and my technical skills that I learned from Professor Rosenthal’s classes helped me with my day-to-day work.

Q: What advice would you give to students who are actively searching for internships?
A: One piece of advice I would give to students who are actively searching for internships is to be open to all opportunities. Do not be afraid to explore something that might be new to you or different from what you initially were looking for.

Q: What is next for you in your career?
A: I am very excited to say that I will be starting full time at BlackRock after graduation, within their Financial Analyst Rotational Program in New York City.

 

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, September 12th print edition.

Contact Andrew at
andrew.aguilera@student.shu.edu

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