Interning at the Tufts University Investment Office

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George Moraites is a senior at Tufts University Studying a Major In Enviro Engineering (BSEVE)
Minor In Economics (MIN)

What did you do as an intern at this organization?

I worked with analysts and more senior members of the Tufts University Investment Office to help manage the school’s endowment and satisfy the current and future financial needs of the university. Over the course of my 14 weeks at the office, I was able to sit in on investment meetings, provide qualitative input on potential investments, and do quantitative research to diligence higher conviction investment decisions. The most common tasks included collaborating on investment recommendations, performing market research, updating internal management systems like Salesforce, generating and visualizing data from investment databases, and observing internal staff and manager meetings.

How did you find this internship?

I had met a senior analyst at an on-campus event unrelated to the position. I reached out to them through handshake because I recognized the contact on the posting and wanted to hear more about the internship. After initially speaking with them, I was encouraged to apply.

What did you enjoy most about your internship?

There were so many things that I enjoyed about working for Tufts this summer, that I could probably write a standalone blogpost just on that topic. To keep my thoughts in order (and spare the reader) I’ll summarize by saying:

  • The Tufts University Investment Office has an excellent workplace environment because everyone is curious and encouraged me to be curious too.
  • I got to see the major asset classes and the strategies that some of the top investors in the public and private investing world use.
  • I was able to understand what the endowment even was and how it’s used to benefit the University and ultimately students.

What did you find challenging?

The most challenging part of the job at the start was trying to understand the financial jargon especially since finance/economics are not at the core of my degree. Thankfully, anyone in the office is happy to answer a question and there are plenty of resources online that one can use to educate themselves.

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

This rule applies to any internship but ask lots of questions and bring a good attitude to work every day. Now that’s something that’s easy to say, but much harder to do. However, the more you practice those skills, the more you’ll be able to learn from the opportunity and get a meaningful experience. Something else to ask yourself is if what you’re doing feels like a job or the beginning of a career. A job is going to feel like unfulfilling work while a career is what you can see yourself enjoying doing for decades to come. Part of being young and doing internships is to figure out the answer to that tough question.

By Kate Rettstadt
Kate Rettstadt Assistant Director, Employer Relations