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Sophie Pleva is a finance major and plans to graduate in May of 2022.
Sophie Pleva is a finance major and plans to graduate in May of 2022.

My summer internship: Sophie Pleva

Photo courtesy of Sophie Pleva

Lerner finance student spent the summer interning with Goldman Sachs

Each summer, students from the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics gain valuable professional-level exposure through internships. During 2021, young scholars were able to traverse the complications of the COVID-19 pandemic by pursuing an array of internships, externships and other professional development opportunities. Each profile of this series will detail a Lerner student’s experiences working on business-oriented projects.

Sophie Pleva, a Class of 2022 finance major, spent her summer interning as a controllers analyst at Goldman Sachs.

Q: How did you find out about this internship? Why did you choose it?

Pleva: I found the internship by applying online to my top picks for investment banks. I chose the internship because I always knew I wanted to work at Goldman Sachs and they were so welcoming and it was an amazing opportunity.

Q: Did the coronavirus pandemic impact your internship search and working experience? If so, how?

Pleva: The first week of orientation was online. Additionally, there was an A/B week schedule so the office was never full.

Q: What did you learn from this internship that you think you would not have learned elsewhere?

Pleva: I gained hands-on experience and was able to network with people with all different levels of experience. Additionally, I completed various tasks and programs that are not taught in the classroom.

Q: What is the most exciting task or project that you have done or are currently doing in your role?

Pleva: I created a program that automates important tasks for my team and saves them multiple full days of work throughout the year.

Q: What is an example of a time where you were able to apply what you’ve learned at Lerner to your role?

Pleva: Classes at Lerner taught me how to manage my time and how to ask for help when learning material that is confusing for me. I used these skills every day at work, which made me feel accomplished and helped me take pride in my work.

Q: How do you think this internship will aid you with your professional goals?

Pleva: This internship will help my future because I was able to secure a spot at the company. This is the beginning of my future at Goldman Sachs and allowed me to see what my career at the company will look like.

Q: What are your plans or next steps in your career once your internship is over?

Pleva: After my internship, I will be continuing my position full-time at Goldman Sachs.

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