Internship Spotlight: BlackRock

Roy, a Tufts alumnus, shared the following about his experience as a Summer Analyst with BlackRock …

What did you do as an intern at this organization?
I worked in Institutional Client Businesses within a group called BlackRock Alternative Specialists. My team was responsible for selling BlackRock’s alternative investment solutions with a focus on the firm’s internal hedge fund platform. My summer activities included creating materials for client meetings, roadshows, and events; prospecting clients under-allocated to the alternatives asset class; and building a hedge fund performance and correlation model to analyze historical returns of model portfolios.

How did you find this internship?
I applied through Handshake and through the company website. I listed a Tufts alumnus as a referral and communicated with him throughout the process.

What did you enjoy most about your internship?
The people I worked with were extremely patient, supportive, and knowledgeable. I found it interesting to learn about the asset management industry, BlackRock’s platform, and its suite of products.

What did you find challenging?
Understanding the structure of the firm and its role in the capital markets could be challenging. The firm was so massive and was involved in so many projects for so many clients that it was often tough to get a sense of the small pictures, let alone the big one.

What advice would you offer to someone who wants to make the most of an internship like yours?
Reach out to as many people in the company as you can to learn about what they do. Read the news and keep tabs on the economy to know what is going on in the world. Be social and go out of your way to get to know people.


About the Organization

BlackRock, San Francisco, California

BlackRock is the world’s largest asset manager, investing on behalf of its clients, from large institutions to individuals, to help them achieve their financial goals. Companies, organizations, and public institutions rely on BlackRock Solutions to help solve their complex investment and risk management challenges and deliver unbiased advice and customized solutions.

By Chris Di Fronzo
Chris Di Fronzo Associate Director, Director of Tufts Finance Initiative Chris Di Fronzo