David speaks about interning at Citigroup and the unique opportunities he's been afforded by his internship supervisor.
What is your name?
What school are you currently attending?
What is your major?
Political science and security studies with a concentration in Middle East studies.
Where are you interning?
Citigroup, or Citibank as it’s known.
What are some of the responsibilities you have there?
Thanks to my internship supervisor, I am exposed to executives on a regular basis and I've had the opportunity to meet with high-level officials such as prime ministers, ministers and foreign diplomats. My internship responsibilities include reporting what happened at the meetings and I've been asked to include my perspective in the reports.
Tell us about a project you worked on during your internship that was your favorite, the most challenging, or the most exciting.
I’m currently working on a project about NAFTA, which is pretty challenging, I would say. It’s quite the hot topic of the year. I cannot disclose much information as we deal a lot with White House officials and Capitol Hill, but the topic of NAFTA has taken a lot of my time.
Have you been able to apply some of your learning from school to your internship?
As a political science major, working for a banking corporation sounds a bit uncommon. But I work for the global and government affairs section, so we deal a lot with politics and the legal side of things.
The most important thing is that TWC offers internship opportunities where you can make an impact, for the company and for yourself.David Ndreca
How will you translate your work experience to your studies back at Dickinson College?
I’ve learned so much at Citigroup that I've been able to apply that knowledge – especially on trade and investment – to my research project back at school. I’m currently assisting a research project for the Army War College on economic development. What I’ve learned from Citi is really meaningful to my research and it's really helping the project come along.
What is the most interesting or unexpected thing you’ve experienced since you’ve arrived in D.C.?
I would honestly focus a lot on my internship in answering this question. I love my internship; I really do. They've sent me to places where somebody in my position wouldn’t normally be. I've had the opportunity to have lunch or get breakfast with, as I said, ministers or prime ministers, and I was not expecting that.
How have you expanded your professional network for future career opportunities?
Citi does a wonderful job of exposing their associates, or interns, to a variety of people that represent different industries – from agriculture to the energy sector, all the way up to Capitol Hill. I’m a sociable person, so I have developed a network of valuable connections in D.C. I know that will help me in the future.
How has this experience shaped or impacted your career goals?
Working for a corporation such as Citi has changed me a lot and has changed some of my value judgments toward corporations. It’s definitely helping me understand that I would like to work for a large corporation rather than somewhere smaller. I’ve always been pretty small-c conservative when it comes to work, and especially work ethic, but working for a corporation like Citigroup that’s so big – operating in over two hundred countries in the world – has actually proven me wrong.
Finally, what advice do you have for other students considering an internship with TWC?
I would say that you should do a lot of research before accepting or applying for an internship. Although TWC helps you through that process, it's important that you know the industry you want to work in beforehand. The most important thing is that TWC offers internship opportunities where you can make an impact, for the company and for yourself. Scout those types of internships out.