“At Isenberg, you can feel the inclusiveness from day-one,” observes second-semester freshman Nicholas Ziner ’18. “Everyone has been helpful from the moment I walked in the door.” A prospective finance major who is leaning toward investment banking, Nick entered Isenberg with a proactive view of his own career development, including a presence on LinkedIn and a well-crafted resume.
Since then, Isenberg’s mandatory professional development seminars for freshmen, including a class taught by the school’s dean, Mark Fuller, have been music to his ears. Among other things, they urge students to gain hands-on experience and to differentiate themselves by participating in Isenberg student organizations and through multiple, increasingly demanding off-campus internships. To that end, Nick has been active in Isenberg’s Finance Society and has secured a summer internship with Blackstone Valley Wealth Management in Hopkinton. (Nick had already gained varied banking experience as an employee of North Easton Savings Bank in Easton.)
Nick also differentiated himself by winning a contest sponsored by the financial news and information website, MarketWatch. For his winning Tweet—“Buy when there is blood in the street, even if it is your own blood”—he attended Nasdaq’s bell ringing ceremony in February, got a tour of the firm, and chatted with Nasdaq professionals.
Nick got early exposure to Isenberg as a high school junior by attending its summer Careers in Accounting and Management Professions program (C.A.M.P) for high-school juniors and seniors. The annual one-week program introduces high-school students from minority and other backgrounds to careers in business and to opportunities at Isenberg. “C.A.M.P. was extremely energizing and I got to meet professors and students in the finance department,” Nick recalls. “After falling in love with the school’s inclusive culture, Isenberg has remained my first choice among business schools.”