Featured Intern: Meghan Hughes
Voya Financial Advisors
Where did you intern?
Finance intern at Voya Financial Advisors with the advisor Andrew Harris in Williamsport, PA.
How did you land the internship?
I was first given the idea of interning with Andy’s office by Dr. Moorhouse who is a friend of Andy’s. Later into the school year Anne contacted him to see if he would be interested in having an intern. Without Anne I would not have been able to make the connections or produce the resume that ultimately led to me getting the internship.
Most valuable experience?
The most valuable experience that I gained from my internship was learning the different programs such as MoneyGuidePro and eMoney that are used for the financial planning process. I also learned so much about creating diversified portfolios and how to evaluate a mutual fund to see if it will be a positive asset to add to a portfolio.
Are there any things that you learned that you didn't expect to learn?
I learned more than I could have ever expected to learn. I learned a lot about the financial advisors side of the process like some of the basics about how to choose the right products to fit a client’s needs and the importance of maintaining a strong relationship with our clients.
What did you do to make your internship a success
To make my internship a success I did as much research as I could on the projects that I was working on so that I didn’t have to ask for the basics to be explained to me, but at the same time I wasn’t scared to ask questions when something came up that I wasn’t familiar with. I also made sure to show up early and stay later on days when I wasn’t able to get my tasks done by 5 o’clock.
What is the most important thing you learned?
I learned that finance is definitely the path that I want to work in after college. I also figured out that I want to pursue becoming a Certified Financial Planner because of the first-hand experience that I was able to get.
What was the biggest challenge you faced? How did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge for me was realizing how little prior knowledge I had about the things that I was asked to do every day. I did a lot of research outside of my internship and tried to absorb everything that was going on around me. I wasn’t expected to know everything but I was certainly thrown to the wolves. Because of that I had to learn quickly and I gained so much more knowledge than I ever could in a classroom.
How did the internship help you for the future?
Because of my internship I was offered a full time job after graduation and have been able to stay on as a part time employee throughout the school year. I figured out exactly what I want to do after school doing something that I had not anticipating having such a passion for.
What advice do you have for students considering an internship?
My best advice is to go for it! Any experience can be valuable, even if it is teaching you that that field is not something that you would enjoy doing in your future. You can get transferable skills from any internship that you pursue.