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By Shehtaz Huq ’14

Three days at Morgan Stanley in New York City showed Samantha Druks ’14 (Weston, Conn.) the inner workings of a multinational financial services corporation.

She was hosted by Sebastian Crapanzano ’97, managing director of equity risk management.

Sebastian Crapanzano ’97 and Samantha Druks ’14 in Times Square

Sebastian Crapanzano ’97 and Samantha Druks ’14 in Times Square

“This externship exposed me to various aspects of the field such as sales, trading risk management, compliance, and prime brokerage,” says Druks, an economics major and psychology minor. “I also got a firsthand look into certain positions I didn’t have much knowledge of, and gained insight into what traits and personality types make people successful in their specific roles.”

Over the course of the three days, Druks met with several employees in sales and trading and got the opportunity to see teams in action.

“I sat one-on-one with people from five different areas of the company, in addition to my mentor,” she adds. “Not only was I able to learn from every individual I sat with, but I also asked questions ranging from the individual’s specific position to career advice.”

For Crapanzano, offering externships is a way to help Lafayette students  make decisions about their future.

“Working in sales and trading is a somewhat unique environment, and it is important for students considering this as a career path to experience it early on,” he says. “However, it is important to keep in mind that even in a specialized profession, there are many, many diverse opportunities for students without traditional quantitative or economic degrees.”

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