Above: Summer in the city — students in Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Silberman College of Business build their careers with internships in New York City. From left to right: finance major Anthony Casisa, accounting major Robert Coyle, finance major Maren McEvoy, management major Serina Grande, and international business major Alec Gilarde. (Photo courtesy of Alec Gilarde)
Silberman students learn the business with prestigious summer internships in NYC
By Dan Landau
August 24, 2017 — Financial analysis and accounting at Pfizer. Commercial banking at HSBC. Investment banking at Cambridge Wilkinson. These are some of the areas and companies where students in Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Silberman College of Business worked this summer to develop their skills and springboard their careers after graduation.
Silberman students in need of employment help know there’s one place to go to: the Office of Placement and Outreach. Boasting an incredible 89% placement rate, the duo of Mary Sakin and Marc DeBoer work tirelessly to prepare students in all business majors and secure them prominent internships and jobs.
These interns aren’t getting coffee and doing busy work. All of them have important responsibilities and big projects to do in their internships. Sakin and DeBoer played a role in helping each of these students get an internship, from bringing employers to campus to meet and connect with students to preparing students for interviews.
Alec Gilarde, an international business major, landed a coveted spot doing financial analysis in Pfizer’s oncology and rare disease group. “I report straight to the vice president of oncology and finance,” says Gilarde. “I support the emerging market ventures as well as oncology in the U.S. Supporting the finance team, I triangulate all the different leads and bring them together by efficiently reporting and forecasting leads. I’ll have calls with India and Latin America and consolidate their data.”
Gilarde, a senior at FDU’s Florham Campus, also interned concurrently with investment banking firm Cambridge Wilkinson, where he analyzed various markets to identify investment opportunities.
Management major and Devils tennis team captain, Serina Grande worked in commercial banking in HSBC’s Large Corporate division (companies with $2 to $5 billion in revenue) doing credit analysis. “There’s a credit side and relationship management side to all of our accounts. On the credit side, we analyze companies,” (for their credit-worthiness), she says.
Last year, the Florham Campus senior took a class in England at FDU’s Wroxton College, where she had the opportunity to meet one of the top leaders at HSBC’s London offices when he gave a lecture to her class. “He set up a day for us to meet senior managers at HSBC and I kept the relationships open. When I came back to the U.S., I applied for this internship,” she says.
Since completing her internship, Grande was offered a full-time job at HSBC for when she graduates in May.
For accounting major Robert Coyle, his internship was a chance to work in Pfizer’s Account Advisory Services department. “We’re the last resort for accounting in the company,” he explains. “We field questions from other Pfizer accountants and also do a lot of work with mergers and acquisitions.”
One of his first projects was to determine how to make an investment profitable: “There was a Chinese subsidiary that was losing money and I created projections to show when we would make money on it.”
A Florham Campus senior, Coyle plans to continue at FDU for his master’s degree in accountancy after graduating.
Also at Pfizer, Florham Campus finance major Anthony Casisia worked in the Global Risk Compliance and Controls area. “We deal with compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which is a U.S. law about bribing foreign officials. We deal with markets all over the world. For example, in some countries, doctors are considered government officials, so if a sales rep wants to take a doctor out to dinner, we’ll make sure that is compliant with our local policies and U.S. law,” he says.
“Our function is to enable greater transparency to emerging risks and that leads to timely mitigation of risk,” he continues.
Silberman’s Office of Placement and Outreach, established in 2013, is dedicated to developing students to become internship- and career-ready. The office focuses on employer outreach, professional development programming, on-campus employer recruitment, networking opportunities, and student career preparation.
In 2016, the Office of Placement and Outreach hosted more than 15 on-campus development programs that more than 1,000 students attended. Some of the employers who hire Silberman students include Pfizer, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Morgan Stanley, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BASF, Novartis, Michael Kors, Wyndham Worldwide, KPMG, Deloitte, EisnerAmper, Dun & Bradstreet.
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