Internship Spotlight: Tufts Investment Office

We’re always eager to highlight student success stories — including the many interesting projects, internships, volunteer opportunities (and more!) pursued by Tufts students. First up this fall? Meet Chris, whose summer internship took place with a great Tufts organization.

We encourage you to discuss your future internship searches with Career Fellows and Career Advisors. You can stop by our daily drop-in Career Lab or make a career advising appointment in Handshake. Not sure where to begin? No problem! We’re here to help you get started.

Chris Spyropoulos, A22, Summer Analyst for the Tufts Investment Office 

💼 What did you do as an intern at this organization? 

I assisted analysts and directors in the Tufts Investment Office with the management of the university’s endowment and other long-term assets, totaling over $2.8 billion. Throughout my 12 weeks, I gained experience on both the marketable and private investment sides and was able to observe how each component of the endowment functions. Tasks included reviewing investment recommendations, performing market research, updating Salesforce, running Preqin/Optica/Caissa reports, and sitting in on staff and manager meetings. The internship was a great introduction to portfolio management and institutional investing.

🔍 How did you find this internship?

I found it through Handshake.

😄 What did you enjoy most about your internship?

I enjoyed sitting in on both the public and private manager meetings the most. Each manager operates their fund with a different strategy, and it was an invaluable experience to see how these investment professionals operated. Additionally, listening to questions asked by Tufts investment directors taught me the necessary questions to ask when performing due diligence on potential money managers. I now have a better understanding of the meticulous process that goes into investing Tufts’ capital.

🤔 What did you find challenging?

The most challenging component of the internship was getting accustomed to the jargon of the financial world. Especially in the beginning, it was difficult to stay on top of all the abbreviations and unfamiliar verbiage. However, the office culture is very friendly and encourages any and all questions. Everyone at the office did a great job answering my questions, and by the end of my first month, I was comfortable with the financial language.

📚 What advice would you offer to someone who wants to make the most of an internship like yours?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions! This advice applies to any scenario, whether it be during a weekly team meeting or during a manager meeting. The staff cares about your experience as a summer analyst, and they will not hesitate to clarify any confusing concepts. You’re only going to get out of this internship what you put into it, so ask away.

Meet the Tufts University Investment Office at the Fall 2021 Virtual Career Fair on Friday, September 24

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