Ciocca Center Student Internship Experience

My name is Nalani Ramos Ruiz ’21, double majoring in Sociology and Psychology with a concentration in Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies. 2019 marks my sixth year with Raytheon Company and my second summer as a college intern. In addition to creating valuable connections, my education at Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School and years at the College of the Holy Cross, involvement with the Ciocca Center Business Certificate Program, and experience on the Women in Business Planning Committee have all helped me to succeed in a company focused on the defense industry and the protection of our war fighters.

The Ciocca Center for Business, Ethics, and Society at Holy Cross has helped shape the way I view the world. The Ciocca Center challenges students to major in their interests and gives students the tools to succeed in business. While most interns at Raytheon have majored in business or international relations at a variety of schools, the Holy Cross liberal arts education allows students to take courses in all disciplines without declaring a major. 

The Holy Cross education is so valuable because it produces knowledgeable, well-rounded individuals  that can become professionals in their desired field. Students are encouraged to think outside the box to reach solutions, to connect ideas that have not been previously correlated, and to express themselves as professionals. The knowledge students absorb through the liberal arts education is polished through Business Certificate Programs. The Ciocca Center allows students to take what they know and transform that knowledge into attributes employers desire.

As a contracts intern at Raytheon, most of my day-to-day tasks consist of replying to emails, attending meetings and contributing to special projects. However, it is not until taking a tour of Raytheon’s manufacturing facility when the full picture of what you do all comes together. The Raytheon Company Vision focuses on “creating trusted, innovative solutions to make the world a safer place.”  I feel very proud of the work I do because Raytheon gives our military the best tools to do their job. My father is military, Army, and to know that there is a possibility that something created by Raytheon was used by him to fulfill his duty and stay safe is simply amazing. 

My favorite part about working as a summer intern is meeting other interns and working together. I’m always surprised to see how ideas develop, and how different some students problem solve in comparison to my own methods.  What I am most proud of, and where I had the most exposure to different sides of Raytheon businesses, was working on a contract still under negotiation. I was able to participate on calls with the customer, work with the lawyers from the Office of General Counsel, and draft clauses that were included in the final contract. I have only been in this new role a few weeks, however I have had the opportunity to attend meetings regarding everyday issues the lawyers deal with, and I am getting a better understanding of legal matters. My experience in the Office of the General Counsel has confirmed that corporate law is a discipline I would like to pursue.

The Holy Cross alumni network is a great resource for making new connections and identifying exciting opportunities. The summer before last, I met the Vice President of IDS Contracts,Steve Murphy ‘91, current Vice President of the IDS Global Supply Chain Management. When I met him and mentioned I was a Crusader as well, he said “Oh yes I know.” I had already made a good impression simply by affiliation. This year, I met Emily Hall ‘17, a graduate intern for the Office of General Counsel. The Holy Cross network is full of alumni willing to share their experiences and help guide you through your own journey.

Holy Cross Student Investment Fund Gains Traction

The HC Student Investment Club (HCSIF), is set to begin it’s third year this fall through the Ciocca Center for Business, Ethics, and Society. The goal of HCSIF is for students of all majors and class years to gain experience in the fields of asset valuation, equity research and portfolio management with the Bloomberg Terminal on campus.  And as of last week, the students also have access to Capital IQ, an investment analysis tool used to inform investment strategies.

Students are taking the initiative to immerse themselves to gain technical skills and access to the alumni network and all of the hard work seems to be paying off as students are landing internships and full-time jobs.  Co-founders, Andrew Smith ’19 and Sean Manning ’19, have secured employment at Goldman Sachs and Raytheon respectively, and the three new student leaders are interning at the following firms this summer.

2019-2020 Holy Cross Student Investment Fund Leaders

  • John McConville ’20: Equity Research Analyst, CTMA
  • Margaret Burd ’20: Securities Division Summer Analyst, Goldman Sachs
  • John Boyd ’21: Summer Analyst, inspire11
HCSIF March 2019 Isenberg Pitch Competition Winners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students work closely with alumni throughout the year and had the opportunity to visit them on site during the 2019 spring  semester.

BOSTON: On March 19, Dan Atchinson ’05, Tim Redmond ’08, and Kevin O’Connor ’12  of J.P. Morgan hosted HCSIF students at the Boston office.   They each provided great insight to the industry and career advice over lunch.

NEW YORK CITY : On April 24, hosted by Emmett Daly ’82 at Sandler O’Neill, three groups of HCSIF students traveled to NYC.  The students pitched stocks (including CVS, URI and Square) to an alumni panel followed by the opportunity to network.  Thanks to the following alumni for participating in this annual event:

  • Julianna Biolsi ’12: BAM Funds
  • Emmet Daly ’82: Sandler O’Neill
  • Taylor Esper ’14: Sandler O’Neill
  • Sue Feitelberg ’84: Morgan Stanley
  • John Mullman ’82 P07: Jennison
  • Marshall McIntosh ’95: PIMCO
  • Beau Lescott ’95: Inherent Group
  • Arnold Principal ’91: SYP Capital
  • Joe Stangl ’93: Sandler O’Neill
  • Ivan Watanabe ’08: Opus

Thanks for reading! Cassie

Cassie Gevry, Associate Director of Student Engagement
Ciocca Center for Business, Ethics, and Society

Ciocca Center Searches for Next Intern

Dan Ricciardi ’06 working with student interns.

The Ciocca Center is looking for a Marketing Communications intern for the fall 2019 semester to highlight successful business alumni and bring awareness to the Center’s focus on “major in anything and succeed in business.”  Working with the Associate Director of Student Engagement, the intern will connect directly with alumni throughout the semester.

“This semester, I learned about first-hand experiences that the readings examined through my discussions with Holy Cross alums and their c-suite positions.  For my internship, I worked in the Ciocca Center where I researched, interviewed, and wrote blog posts about HC alums and their involvement as CEOs and board members. ” starts Sarah Anderson ’20. “I particularly enjoyed being able to apply the knowledge of our class discussions to the questions and conversations that I had while learning from our strong Holy Cross network about their journeys in the workplace.”

Sarah Anderson ’20 worked as the Ciocca Center’s first intern through the Academic Internship Program here on campus for the spring 2019 semester.  Read about her experience working with alumni on a previous blog post.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to have made connections and interview a wide variety of alums.  I learned from their stories and connected how their experiences as CEOs and board members relate back to our class readings.  My internship experience in the Ciocca Center was well integrated and complementary to our seminar discussions.” adds Anderson.

Interested in the opportunity?  Read the complete job description here and reach out to business@holycross.edu to apply. Thanks for reading!

Cassie Gevry, Associate Director of Student Engagement
Ciocca Center for Business, Ethics, and Society

 

Holy Cross Graduates 46 Business Certificate Program Recipients

Established in 2006 with limited offerings for students to explore business at Holy Cross, the office was recently named the Ciocca Center for Business, Ethics, and Society.  Parents, students and alumni alike have found the Center’s experiential learning opportunities to be a valuable addition to the liberal arts education and student interest in these business certificate programs is booming. As of the spring 2019 semester, there are more than 470 students participating, and they come from all majors. Enrollment in the workshop about supply chain management doubled from 2017 to 2018, from 20 to more than 40 students. The workshop on business ethics and principled leadership had so many students enroll that Prof. David Chu, Director and Prebusiness Advisor,  hopes to offer multiple sessions in the future.

“With the center, we’re going to be able to significantly expand opportunities to meet student demand. The purpose of the center is to provide students with multiple pathways to learn about business — pathways that can complement any major in the curriculum. We don’t try to replicate a business school curriculum; we take a distinctively liberal arts approach” Chu comments.

Today, the Ciocca Center is proud to graduate 46 students from the Business Certificate Programs.  See a list of students below. Continue reading “Holy Cross Graduates 46 Business Certificate Program Recipients”

2019 Women in Business Keynote Announcement

The Women in Business student committee is excited to announce the keynote speaker for the 14th annual conference! Meet Maggie O’Neill ’99, the co-founder and chief creative officer of SWATCHROOM, a DC based design, art and fabrication firm. As an artist herself, Maggie’s movement SUPERFIERCE is designed to empower, connect and advance female visual artists and to make sure the work of underrepresented women artists is seen worldwide.

2019 Conference Theme — BECOMING BOLD: Life in Color

Maggie received her degree from HC in political science, believing that her path was law school. Get excited to hear about her journey from political science into the art studio.  Save the date for Saturday, November 2, 2019.

Read a previous Holy Cross interview with Maggie O’Neill ’99

Thanks for reading and see you there! Cassie

Cassie Gevry, Associate Director of Student Engagement
Ciocca Center for Business, Ethics, and Society

Holy Cross Hosts Fourth Annual Mock Superday

The fourth annual Mock Superday, coordinated by the Finance Club through the Ciocca Center for Business, Ethics, and Society with the Center for Career Development, was held on Monday, April 29, 2019 on campus.  This event helps students prepare for the intensive interview process for internships and full-time jobs at Wall Street firms.  The evening started with dinner, followed by an alumni panel.  From there the group moved into speed interviews simulating a Wall Street Superday.

“Myself, Andrew Smith ’19 and the rest of the Finance Club Executive Board are thrilled with the success of the Mock Superday event this year. This is the fourth year the event has taken place, and we achieved the highest alumni participation to date.” said Jay Mackie ’19, Co-Chair of the Finance Club. “With this new level of engagement, we were able to expand the event beyond just the student/alumni interviews to include an alumni panel open to the broader student body, and an intimate meeting with senior bankers to discuss initiatives the school is taking to increase placements in finance. We think this year was an important step forward in creating alumni awareness around the club’s efforts to prepare students for a career in financial services. ”

This was such a successful year for the Finance Club, in fact all members of the E-board, who were interns last summer, have now secured full time analyst positions at top firms on Wall Street for after graduation.

  • Stephen D’Agostino ’19: Incoming Analyst, JP Morgan Investor Services
  • Chip (George) Doherty ’19: Incoming Analyst, Morgan Stanley Investment Management
  • Hana Ferrari ’19: Incoming Analyst, BNP Paribas Global Markets
  • Jack McCabe ’19:Incoming Analyst, Blackstone Valuations
  • Jay Mackie ’19 : Incoming Analyst, Barclays Investment Banking
  • Andrew Smith ’19: Incoming Analyst, Goldman Sachs Investment Management
  • Brianna Spencer ’19: Incoming Analyst, Barclays Investment Banking

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Brittany Polanco ’12 on Culture Fit

“I think it’s important to build a culture where people feel valued as individuals, supported in their values and able to control whatever balance looks like to them.” — Brittany Polanco ‘12

Brittany Polanco ’12, current Marketing Manager at PepsiCo, was interviewed by Women in Business committee member Margaret Anderson ‘21.  She shared her path from Mount St. James to the world of business, holding prominent roles in Frontier Communications, Hilton Worldwide, and PepsiCo.

The Holy Cross PepsiCo community, from left to right: Jessica Vona ’08, Kristen Buonassisi ’12, Robert Santariello ’16, Anne Fink ’85 P17, Alexandra Schiffmann ’15 and Brittany Polanco ’12.


Why did you choose Holy Cross? Going to an all girls, Catholic high school (Mercy High School in Middletown, CT) had a huge impact on my perspective and growth as a female leader.  At my high school, you were popular if you were smart, funny and kind rather than based on looks or social status. We were still teenagers so we had our fair share of drama, but the unique environment allowed me to grow and thrive.  It was a supportive community that cultivated ambition, collaboration and academic achievement. When I visited HC, it was clear that there was something special about the school and that it was a similarly tight-knit, high achieving community.  I immediately felt at home at Holy Cross and knew it would be a place I could build strong relationships while continuing to learn and grow at a new level. Continue reading “Brittany Polanco ’12 on Culture Fit”

Ciocca Center Intern Interviews Bill Abbott ’84

Bill Abbott ’84
President & CEO of Crown Media Family Networks

“This is where being a major in English really comes in handy.  I feel like I learned story, characters, and emotion and all the things that comprise great storytelling at Holy Cross.”

Bill Abbot Headshot

On March 29, 2019, Ciocca Center Student Intern Sarah Anderson ’20 interviewed Bill to learn about how he turned his English Major into a career in the entertainment industry.  Bill is the President and CEO of Crown Media Family Networks.

What did you want to be when you grew up?  Did you always know you wanted to work in the entertainment industry?  No, not at all. I was an English major, with a lot of political science classes mixed in there.  I was really focused more either on law school or teaching when I was at school. But, after college I felt like more school wasn’t really where I wanted to be my first year out.  So, I was fortunate enough to get a job in the media world, loved it from the beginning, and decided that’s what I would focus on. Entertainment is not something I intended on, but the liberal arts education provided me with a great backdrop for really anything I wanted to do because it teaches you and gives you a good sense of how to communicate and critically think and write.  All of those are crucial aspects to any job. Continue reading “Ciocca Center Intern Interviews Bill Abbott ’84”

The Holy Cross Student Investment Fund Wins First Prize

On March 28, 2019 the Holy Cross Student Investment Fund competed in the  UMASS Minuteman Equity Fund.  With twelve teams competing, including MIT, Harvard, Columbia, Georgetown, Penn State, UConn, Northeastern and Babson, Holy Cross won $3,000 for first prize!  Four students (pictured below) pitched CVS. Congratulations!

HC Student Investment Fund Left to right: Hayden Ivatts ‘21, Jack Boyd ‘21, Jack McConville ‘20, Hannah Callaghan ‘20

The HC Student Investment Club, now in its second year through the Ciocca Center for Business, Ethics, and Society, is a group of 37 students from all class years and majors.  After a competitive application process, students work in teams to gain experience in the fields of asset valuation, equity research and portfolio management with the Bloomberg Terminal on campus.  The students work closely with alumni and have scheduled site visits in NYC and Boston, MA.

“On our recent trip to New York, we showcased this feat and the work of our club to key alumni in the financial services industry.” comments Jack Boyd ’21. “There, the Industrials and Technology Group showcased their pitch-decks on United Rentals (URI) and Square, (SQ) respectively. The rigor and quality of these presentations were amplified with the use of our Bloomberg Terminal and strengthened after weeks of hard work within their coverage groups.”

Thanks for reading! Cassie

Cassie Gevry, Associate Director of Student Engagement
Ciocca Center for Business, Ethics, and Society

Ciocca Center Intern Interviews Rick Patterson ’80

Rick Patterson ’80
Founder of Coniston Capital

Rick Patterson ’80 was an economics major and currently serves as the chair of the Holy Cross board of trustees and is a director of Global Weather Corporation and RedShelf Inc.  Rick has been a trustee on the Holy Cross Board since 2011 and became chair in Aug 2018. As a first generation student, Rick’s time on the hill was dedicated to working hard and knowing he wanted a career in business.  After Holy Cross, Rick went on to earn his M.B.A in finance and international business from Columbia University.  Rick began his career in 1982 as a banking officer at Mellon Bank, where his first assignment was actually as a driver for a corporate golf event!  Before founding Coniston Capital, Rick was a founding partner of Spire Capital (1999-2015) and previously a partner at Waller Capital Corporation (1986-1999).  As founder of Coniston Capital, Rick drove investment opportunities within the media and communications sectors. Based in New Jersey, Rick dedicates much of his time to the Holy Cross community.  Since becoming chair of the board in September 2018, Rick’s visit to Worcester in February 2019 marks his 8th trip back to the hill.

Most important qualities of CEO/President:

Rick values natural leaders with a vision and the ability to express that vision.  The best CEOs are people who “can select and motivate talent.”
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