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Danny O’Leary Final Paper Econ 404 I knew before starting at Smith Barney that this was not going to be any walk in the park internship. Prior to starting the first day I already had homework and that was to read two educational books on smart investing. Before starting this internship I thought about how this was going to be a resume booster and as well give me credit for economics. What I did not expect was the plethora of experience and knowledge I had gained in not only investing but also in how to work in a professional business environment. This internship was everything I had expected and a lot more. My experience at Smith Barney was definitely a positive experience where I enjoyed going to the office Monday through Thursday 9am-12pm. I feel that working four days a week gave me the closest feeling I could to actually working a real job at the office, which is the experience that I was looking for. Every day that I worked I would show up at 9am in slacks and a tie not knowing what lay ahead of me. At the start of the work day I would check in with Frank Johnston, my boss, where he would than give me a task that would very in time from a hour to a weeks worth
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of work. Some of the time at first I would not understand the purpose of the task but Frank was very good at explaining to me why the job I had performed was very important to his job and how it was beneficial for me to be helping him out. During my time at Smith Barney I feel that there was two different kinds of work. The work that benefited my education first hand and second the work that benefited Smith Barney in a positive way that needed to get done. Projects that were research projects where I researched stocks and analyzed the different companies benefited me directly because I found out how to research companies individually and become an educated investor. One of the most important aspects in investing in a company is making sure your educated in the business, the industry the business currently is in and what is currently going on right now to benefit both the company and industry. This process takes a lot of time and research and still towards the end of the internship Frank still had constructive criticism as well as telling me what he liked about my reports, which I felt, was very beneficial to my internship. The projects that benefited Smith Barney directly were filling out litigation forms for customers because that required some repetitive and tedious work.
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The work consisted of finding old records, filling out paperwork, addressing envelopes and making multiple copies for back up information that Smith Barney needed. Even
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