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BlackRock

Summer Analyst

June - August 2021 • New York City, NY

What I liked

I got an important project, where I was able to make critical decisions. I also learned a ton of new skills with more enterprise tools and software.

What I wish was different

I wish it was 12 weeks rather than 9.5 weeks.

Advice

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Aladdin Client Services Summer Analyst

June - August 2020 • San Francisco, CA

What I liked

I loved the ability to work on projects with a cross-functional group of teams - from software engineers to relationship managers to implementation members, I had the opportunity to shadow, engage, and learn from tons of people.

What I wish was different

With COVID, being remote is a different experience, especially for interns who might not get the chance to ever be in person. I'm thankful for how my team was able to adapt to the evolving situation and keep us included like we were there in person.

Advice

Set up coffee chats with people across any desk you are interested in learning from and any level of management. Be prepared to ask questions and share your insights with them, as well. It's a two-way conversation!
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Technology Summer Analyst

June - August 2020 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Culture

What I wish was different

Like many other interns an In-office experience would have been ideal, but was fortunate and happy they we able to accommodated a virtual internship experience

Advice

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Software Engineering Intern

July - August 2020 • New York City, NY

What I liked

My colleagues and the very interesting work!

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Make the most of it; try and meet as many people in the company you can and ask for advice. Also, make sure to enjoy it!
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Fixed Income Intern

July - August 2018 • New York City, NY

What I liked

BlackRock allows students to network and experience different positions in a business firm. All the employees are friendly and open to helping others learn not only about what they do, but about the business world.

What I wish was different

I wouldn’t change anything about BlackRock. They do everything possible to help student interns and all of their employees.

Advice

Take advantage of the resources given at BlackRock and try to network with as many people.
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Summer Analyst

July - August 2020 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Although virtual, this internship offered many different ways to learn about the company as well as perform as an individual with different assignments and weekly presentations. They then wrapped the whole internship up with a project that brought everything we had learned into one fluid cycle in which we got a full understanding of the BlackRock business.

What I wish was different

I wish it was in person, but due to the pandemic unfortunately it was virtual.

Advice

Take good notes and take the extra time out of your day to reach out to people in the company to pick their brain and learn more about the people of the company too.
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Software Engineer Intern

June - August 2019 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

- I loved working with my immediate team! I had a great manager who made sure that I understood what my internship project deliverables were and how to achieve them. - I also enjoyed being able to ask any of the engineers and project managers questions about the ecosystem of services and applications that were relevant to the tool I was working on. - Very friendly people in Engineering! (In Seattle)

What I wish was different

- I wish I had the chance to meet more interns throughout my internship. The Seattle office only had 5 interns versus the 80+ interns in the San Francisco office.

Advice

- Take the time to get to know the people you work with, as this will allow you to better understand the general counsel that you will receive throughout your time there!
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Software Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

I was able to learn how real world software engineering works, I was treated as a full time employee and was given really challenging projects. I was also encouraged to find innovative solutions to the problems that I was given, which ended up allowing me to use incredible open-source projects. There was a lot more collaboration than I thought there would be, it wasn't just people staring at a screen in a office, the office had low walls and big screens, there were a lot of meetings and mid afternoon discussions about the best way of solving something.

What I wish was different

I wish that instead of a 10-week internship, it was a 12-week one. It was also quite difficult to get the ball rolling, once I got in my team, there were a lot of things that I needed to learn, and it was very difficult to get situated at the start because of that. I also wish that I more carefully picked where I lived.

Advice

Don't be afraid to ask lots of questions, good questions or stupid questions, that will make you get better at your job faster and solve your problems faster. Just don't ask it twice, make sure you write the answer down.
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Technology Summer Analyst

May - August 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

BlackRock has a collaborative learning environment that made my summer internship great! I loved the culture and people at the company.

What I wish was different

I wish I had reached out to more people outside of my department to learn more about the business.

Advice

It is important to connect with people outside of your department and everyone is willing to take a quick coffee chat to speak with the interns!
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Contingent worker

June - August 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Liked working in a office because I’ve never had that experience before. Up until this summer I always worked with my dad at his condo building.

What I wish was different

I wish I was working more closely with the vice chairman because it would have given me a better look at what I should expect going into the business world.

Advice

One piece of advice I would give is to talk to everyone and don’t seclude yourself from others just because you’re new and don’t feel comfortable.
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Data Analyst Intern

May - August 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

The diversity, compensation, people, projects

What I wish was different

More intern programs to meet and interact with other interns

Advice

Apply early! Applications to financial companies open in July or August and close by September!
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Software Engineer Intern

May - August 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

There was not a lot of stress to be the best and everyone was super helpful. I was able to learn a lot without feeling bad that I wasn't contributing as much.

What I wish was different

Advice

The best part of the internship is meeting new people and networking. Make sure to spend time doing that and reaching out.
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Full-Stack Software Engineer

May - August 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

The workload and learning curve were challenging and rewarding.

What I wish was different

The mentor pairing was not as engaging as advertised.

Advice

Work hard, be open to criticism, and push yourself to think deeper.
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Summer Analyst

June - August 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Fantastic program; interview process was focused on behaviors rather than technicals; great people, great company, great culture. All the higher ups are happy and eager to meet you.

What I wish was different

Would have been nice to get to know interns and full time employees from other teams and departments.

Advice

Apply!
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Software Engineering Intern

June - August 2019 • San Francisco, CA

What I liked

The people I worked with.

What I wish was different

Nothing. It was an amazing experience.

Advice

Networking is very important
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Business Operations Intern

June - August 2019 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

The people culture! Very friendly office, wonderful team, and lots of focus on creating impactful work. The Seattle office is also stunning.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Summer Analyst

June - August 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

My team

What I wish was different

Longer internship

Advice

Be on your A game
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Analyst (Investment Banking)

May - August 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Good work hours, large intern class, diverse employees, minority employer networks/group, pay

What I wish was different

Better training, diversity in work

Advice

Prioritize hard work over networking
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Summer Analyst

May - August 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

The team that I worked with was great. Very young and energetic environment.

What I wish was different

I wish that I was able to take off work July 5th.

Advice

You must be ready to constantly learn new things every day.
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Financial Analyst Intern

May - August 2019 • Princeton, NJ

What I liked

I enjoyed how many challenges I was able to participate in. The program was very structured around presentations, such as a portfolio solutions challenge and a debate, both of which I was able to present in front of directors in the company. I also had a lot of time to network and have lunch with leaders in the company.

What I wish was different

I wish the internship was a little longer. It was only 8 weeks, so i didn't get to work with as many of the different channels on my floor as I would have liked.

Advice

Don't be afraid to network, it actually looks bad if you don't. People are more friendly than you think and they love having the interns around, so you should spend your free time setting up meetings. Networking also does not just have to be formal meetings, you can go up to someone's desk to introduce yourself and have a 5 minute conversation.
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