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Fishing for a Fisher Investments Internship: A Catch You Won’t Want to Miss!

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By Kelly DeFacci, University of Oregon Student

Hello everyone! I’m writing this as my summer comes to an end, and Duck football and my senior year draw even closer. This summer marked a turning point in my life, largely due to my internship with Fisher Investments. Learning about business in school is completely different than gaining actual, real-world business experience, even for business majors!

How I Met Fisher Investments

I was introduced to Fisher Investments when they invited me and other business club executives to dinner after their “Fisher Day” on campus.  As president of the Women in Business club and a finance-major, I was excited to learn more about Fisher. All of my preconceived notions of what working at a financial firm would be like were swept away! I had always associated financial firms with a snobby, boring atmosphere, or worse, a place with ulterior motives to scam their clients. That description is the exact opposite of what I found at Fisher. Everyone I met was sincere and welcoming.   I also witnessed how much they truly care for their clients when I had the opportunity to read material that spoke of Fishers’ philosophy.

What I Learned at Fisher

The first thing I noticed about Fisher was the open atmosphere. There were no offices or cubicles. Instead, everyone in my department sat next to each other, including high ranking managers and executives. This gave me the opportunity to ask questions, shadow different positions, and meet people across the firm. I found it interesting that Fisher really values the concept of building breadth and depth, which means exposing employees to a variety positions and a variety of opportunities within each position. For students who are always learning new things, taking new classes and meeting new people, breadth and depth is practically second nature to us!

What stood out most at Fisher were the employees who worked with me. Most are younger, have a “will-do” attitude, and are fun to be around. They are happy at Fisher, because Fisher takes great care of its employees. Fisher provides its employees with ergonomic assessments, so each desk looks a little different from the next in order to meet the needs of every person. The start of my internship coincided with the fiscal year end for Fisher, so we celebrated by going to dinner and bowling as a department. We had a great time and hung out as a “Fisher Family” – with work as the last thing on our minds.

My Fisher Experience

My experience at Fisher was beyond amazing. Not only did I meet so many talented individuals, I had the chance to test my professional abilities while gaining new insight on the “real world” and learning new skills along the way. For a student fresh from college, Fisher is a dream come true. If you are hard-working, willing to learn, and always give it your best shot, I suggest you go fishing for a Fisher Investments internship.

This reflects the personal opinions, viewpoints and analyses of the author providing such comments, and should not be regarded as a description of advisory services provided by Fisher Investments. The views reflected in the commentary are subject to change at any time without notice.

Come meet Fisher Investments at the Fall Career Fair on Wednesday, November 7th in the EMU Ballroom from 12-5pm.

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