Hometown: Oyster Bay, NY
College: Brandeis University
Major / Minor: Majors in Business and Health:
Science, Society & Policy; Minor in Legal Studies
What did you do before the CBDP?
I attended Brandeis University where I majored in Business and Health: Science, Society & Policy (HSSP) and minored in Legal Studies. I served as president of Sigma Delta Tau for one year and participated in the national organization's Collegiate Leadership Team.
I had the benefit of interning at a variety of companies including Harpoon Brewery, Rent the Runway and Her Campus. At my most recent internship, I supported the Harpoon Brewery marketing team in planning seasonal campaigns for beverages and executing events, from small road races to larger scale events like HarpoonFest.
Why did you get into commercial banking? Why Citizens Bank?
As you can imagine based my prior internships, commercial banking was not always on my radar. I always enjoyed my quantitative courses in school, but never thought to pursue it as a career. Once the Commercial Banker Development Program came to my attention, it seemed like the perfect fit. I was able to combine my love for business and industry analysis with financial analysis. Citizens Bank was an obvious choice given my liberal arts background, as it offers a comprehensive training program for people of all majors who have the will to perform well.
Tell us about your experience in the program. What were your favorite parts?
I will admit, I was very nervous but the program makes the transition from full-time student to full-time employee easy and carefree. The CBDP was great, from start to finish. There is so much time and thought put into the success of the program. However, my favorite part was being able to rotate through two different groups within the bank's footprint, which is such an incredible feature of the program. I definitely envy my colleagues who were able to spend time outside of Boston, "Beantown."
Where will you be placed after the program? How was the placement process?
I was placed in Leveraged Finance in Boston. The placement process is similar to any other job process – except you have the benefit of being trained in the job description! I rotated through Leverage Finance from mid-November through early-February, and during that three-month stint, I was able to apply and even further develop skills acquired during training. Overall, I really loved the fast-paced environment of the business line and the group dynamic.