Career Field Prior to HBS:
Medical Student at Harvard
Position at Piper Jaffray:
Summer Associate, Medical Technology Investment Banking Practice
Why did you choose an internship with Piper Jaffray?
Piper Jaffray has a tremendous reputation as being the top Medical Device Investment Banking franchise in the country. I was eager to learn and contribute as soon as possible, and the people at Piper were supportive and committed to helping me “learn the ropes.” I wanted to be somewhere with a solid reputation and a strong sense of teamwork – and Piper was it!
What made you decide on interning in the Midwest?
Well, the simple answer is that I grew up in Minnesota and wanted to return (and.Minnesota is gorgeous in the summertime!). For folks who grew up on the east or west coasts and who have been to school on the east or west coasts for years and years, I would highly recommend trying to expand your horizons by spending your summer in the Midwest. Most of my classmates who found themselves interning in Minneapolis were surprised by how much there is to do in the city – the wonderful art museums and exhibitions (the Walker Art Center), the theatre (second behind NY City for the number of shows!), the shopping (the Mall of America), the beautiful outdoors (the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, Gooseberry Falls, the list goes on and on!) and the nightlife. And, the one comment I’ve heard over and over again about the Midwest.”the people are just so nice!”
Summarize your internship experience – the good, the bad and the overall.
I loved it – and that had to do with the people. I couldn’t have asked for a nicer, more down-to-earth boss. Piper did an excellent job of providing all the interns bi-weekly trainings where we could learn about other departments/aspects of Piper’s business. The folks I had the opportunity to work with really made the summer for me – my supervisors and colleagues went out of their way to teach me and help me out on assignments. It was a different field than I had experience in, and it took a while to get used to – but the environment couldn’t have been better. My team was good about getting me into the swing of things early on, giving me assignments, having me help answer client questions – I felt like I got a great sense of interfacing with clients – and I also had an opportunity to analyze the technology and health-related science behind our clients’ companies.