Success Stories | Feb 07, 2018 | Gabelli School of Business
Success Story: Parker O’Shea ’19 in Goldman Sachs internship
Before college students start looking forward to spring break, a Gabelli School junior is already counting down to the summer.
That’s because Parker O’Shea, BS ’19, has secured a summer internship at Goldman Sachs in the investment banking division.
Working at Goldman Sachs was a dream of O’Shea’s since he began exploring the finance world as a child. His father worked in the industry, and, he says, ”I would just ask him all different types of questions about what he was doing at work.”
Once he got to the Gabelli School, O’Shea put his plan into motion. His first step was to become involved on campus, taking a job at a Fordham call center conducting alumni outreach. He then got first-hand exposure to finance in an analyst position at DEFY Media. After a summer internship at Silver Point Capital following his sophomore year, he was ready to apply to Goldman Sachs.
O’Shea recalls that throughout the application process, “one thing that was very helpful to me was prepping others.” Helping his classmates prepare for their interviews and craft their résumés let O’Shea practice telling his own story.
“Prepping” doesn’t have to mean reviewing a résumé or holding a mock interview, O’Shea notes. “It could be reading the Wall Street Journal and making sure you’re clear on everything going on in the market,” he suggests, or studying for class, or gaining work experience.
Another perk to practicing: “Because I’d invested so much time into prepping for the interview, I walked in and I wasn’t that nervous,” says O’Shea.
While finance is his first passion, O’Shea also devotes time to his secondary concentration in information systems, both in and out of class.
He recently started an app with a friend that coordinates with campus food-service providers to help students easily access meal options. After all, making mealtime quick and simple appeals to someone intending to work long hours in finance.
And the long hours themselves? O’Shea is eager to take part in them. Luckily, he will be living right across from the office this summer, so he’ll never be far from the excitement.