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Financial Economics Institute

Summer Research Analyst

May - August 2019 • Claremont, CA

What I liked

I really liked working 1-on-1 with a Professor here at CMC. As somebody who has been an intern at a startup before, conducting research as an assistant to a Professor is a very different pace. All of your work is dedicated to one individual which is really amazing to see. As an undergraduate student, it is very rare to have a research experience with a professor. I was essentially tasked with reading and reviewing current literature pertaining to my professor's research topic, so I was basically being paid to read and learn. I understood what academia was like and I was introduced to financial economics, albeit in an academic setting, with this experience.

What I wish was different

I wish my project would have been more based on quantitative research. Beyond this aspect, I don't have many complaints.

Advice

However minuscule a task may seem, Professors conducting research are incredibly busy. The amount of work that you can get done genuinely helps the Professor a lot. In the end, your role is to be an assistant to your Professor so absorb as much knowledge as you can from who you are working with while completing everything requested.
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