Name: Samantha Etta
Internship, Co-op or Research Site: T. Rowe Price*
Position Title: Investment Accountant (hired full-time following a successful internship!)
Current Class Level:Senior
Work Term:Summer 2020
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Tell us about your internship, co-op, or research opportunity, including your day-to-day responsibilities.
My internship this summer was virtual due to the ongoing pandemic so this was very new to both the firm and I. Nonetheless I had an amazing experience which resulted in a full time offer with the firm. My day to day responsibilities involved analyzing and reviewing daily fee reports for some of our domestic funds, processing accrual payments ,and performing daily accruals for income related to security lending on certain TRP products.
Describe the process of obtaining your position. When did you hear of the position and submit your application?
I heard about this position when I stumbled into a career center event. T Rowe Price was having a session that day and I just came into the room for the free food lol. I got so intrigued when I heard the different speakers that I decided to stay back and talk to some of them, I was directed to apply for an internship with the firm through UMBCworks. I waited a year for the next summer and once I sent my application in I got an email about 2 weeks later then had an interview scheduled.
What have you enjoyed the most about your position or organization?
The team I worked with was one of the main reasons I accepted my full time offer with the firm. T.Rowe Price is a wonderful organization and though my experience was virtual I still felt a strong spirit of community and excellence.
How do you believe you have made an impact through your work?
Every single day I believe I make an impact through my work . T. Rowe is very intentional about providing excellent services to its clients and community. Through my work I am able to be a part of these remarkable services not only at a corporate level but communal as well. Be it participating in virtual volunteer events for children hospitals or being a part and gaining insights from the firm's women's leadership initiative, every day I know an impact is made.
What advice would you give to another student who is seeking an internship or similar experience?
Don’t stop trying. It sounds cliche but I applied for countless internship opportunities before I landed one with T.Rowe Price. A “no” from someone or some firm only opens the door for some else to give you a proper “yes”.
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