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Loyola University Maryland's Unique Approach Helps Students Land Internships

MICUA Matters Spring 2018

Back in late September Colin Chandler met a Loyola University Maryland graduate, Thomas Graff, through Loyola’s Career Center. Graff told him about Brown Advisory, and Chandler—a junior finance major—started considering the advantages of interning for the firm.

He applied to Brown Advisory's Summer Analyst program through Handshake, the networking tool Loyola’s Career Center uses to connect students with employers nationwide; interviewed with the firm; and received an internship offer.

“I see it as a great opportunity for me to soak as much knowledge as I can from the employees at Brown Advisory,” Chandler said. “I am really interested in learning how Brown Advisory and their employees generate investment ideas and the processes that they take to support their clients’ needs.”

The Career Center offers a Jesuit lens to the career search process, helping students view their journey in a four-phase cycle: self-discovery, exploration, preparation, and active pursuit—and internships can be a critical part of that cycle.

“Students are looking for something that is beyond photocopying and envelope stuffing. They really want real-world experience, and they want it in their career field,” said Associate Director of Career Connections, Eileen Simonson Hiebler. “I always say to them, ‘You might not get your dream experience, but you have no idea what this might lead to.’”