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Piper Internships: Education, Engagement, Experience


For many Hamline students, summer vacation was more about vocation as they took on challenging and rewarding internships. One-hundred percent of undergraduate students participate in experiential learning as part of their Hamline education. Often this experience comes in the form of an internship.

Internships offered students the ability to learn real aspects about jobs in their area of interest and enabled them to network with employers and others in the field. From charitable non-profits to Fortune 500s, Pipers made a difference and gained valuable experience at top organizations.

A Piper at Piper Jaffray

Senior Megan Sandell, who will be graduating at the end of the fall semester, worked at Piper Jaffray as an equity sales and trading intern and will continue her internship through the semester. With its headquarters in Minneapolis, Piper Jaffray is a full-service investment bank and asset management firm.

“Each day I walked in, I learned something new.” Sandell said. “I loved coming in every day and knowing it is going to be different than yesterday.

One of the biggest projects Sandell worked on was building “pitch books” which are used as a marketing tool to inform clients about specific investments. In creating the pitch books, along with her other tasks and projects, Sandell learned about equity trading, sales trading, business analysis, and making and giving presentations. Not only will this experience help her in her final semester at Hamline, but it was a valuable resume builder. Sandell’s experience at Piper Jaffray has also taught her that it’s a company she would love to work for after graduation.

From Hamline to the Fed

All-American gymnast Courtney Benson exchanged flips for the Fed. As a business analyst intern for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, the finance and economics major worked on a variety of projects ranging from information security to technology development. She and a team of other interns also worked on a presentation outlining their suggested strategy for informing the public about the Federal Reserve of Minneapolis. Even with the experience of working on such a significant project, Benson says the most beneficial part of this internship was the opportunity to network. She scheduled over 15 informational interviews, one of which was with a senior vice president.

“I learned to love networking,” Benson said. “I also learned the most important qualities of networking are genuine curiosity and a unique passion to learn.”

Through these informational interviews, Benson not only made a lot of meaningful and worthwhile connections, she learned that she is on the right educational and career path.

Lauren Kavan, internship program director in the Career Development Center (CDC), says summers are a great time for students to participate in internships, but students can participate in up to three internships for credit which can be completed during any semester.

“If students are thinking about doing an internship, I would encourage them to connect with me as soon as possible.” Kavan said. I can help them understand their options and navigate the search and registration process, no matter what their interests or career goals.”

Hamline Career Link is just one of the resources available to Hamline students looking for internships. Career Development Center staff are also available to help students write resumes, cover letters, and CVs, and conduct practice interviews. Kavan and the CDC staff also utilize PiperConnect which can link students to Hamline alumni working in their field of interest. For more on the Career Development Center, visit their web page.