Shining the sunlight on our Summer Associates | Capital Group

Shining the sunlight on our Summer Associates

Want to know what it’s like to be a Capital Group Summer Associate? Spend time with four of them—Risa, Chris, Emily and Larry—as they share the impact of their projects and a few highlights from their time at Capital.

 

Risa Stein: Strategy & Innovation Summer Associate

Risa Stein

Why did you decide to spend your summer at Capital?

What drove me to spend this summer at Capital were the incredible people I met through the interview process. The Strategy & Innovation team members were bright and engaged—their excitement for the work and for this place was infectious. As a woman working in finance, it was also refreshing to join a team with inspiring, accomplished, female senior leadership.

What projects have you focused on this summer?

Earlier this summer, I put together an Innovation Project proposal for the inclusion of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in our Service business, analyzed data from a survey on open architecture multi-manager model portfolios, and helped with the construction of a portfolio view of innovation projects across Capital. Now, I’m digging into a data-driven analysis of redemption rates. It’s been a busy summer!

Who was your biggest mentor/role model at Capital?

Senior Business Strategy Manager Avani Patel has been a fantastic mentor. I’m grateful for how incredibly supportive she’s been in meeting with me frequently, answering my many questions, and attending intern events.

What’s your favorite memory from the summer?

My first weekend in Los Angeles, I went on a hike with two of my fellow MBA Summer Associates—Caitlyn Driehorst and Elizabeth Tsai. We bonded over being dog lovers and had an incredible day together hiking and taking in the view from the Griffith Park Observatory.

 

Chris Triplett Jr.: Investment Operations Summer Associate—Global Investment Control

Chris Triplett Jr.

Why did you decide to spend your summer at Capital?

I decided it was time to try something new. I live by the saying, “Get comfortable being uncomfortable.” I don’t know how much more “uncomfortable” I can get than moving 2,000 miles away from home, leaving football camp, and not knowing anyone in Los Angeles. I saw this all as an opportunity for growth and took a leap of faith.

What projects have you focused on this summer?

I’ve been focused on “Project Endor,” which is about merging processes and capabilities to create a functional Excel model and presenting it to our Global Order Management team. It’s a Star Wars-themed project, so I had fun with it! Huge shout-out to my project managers Global Investment Control Specialist Alvin Makino and Investment Operations Services Business Project Intern Manny Fernandez, and the Core+ team.

Who was your biggest mentor/role model at Capital?

My entire Order Management team. It would be remiss of me to leave one of them out of the equation. They’ve taught me so much this summer and always looked out for me no matter the situation.

Any big lessons learned you’ll take back to school this fall?

I may not be able to change the entire campus, but I can influence the culture person by person, classroom by classroom.

 

Emily Ramos: Information Technology Group Summer Associate—Emerging Technology

Emily Ramos

What projects have you focused on this summer?

I helped develop data-driven research capabilities. It’s really cool, because I’ve had the opportunity to break apart this big department initiative into a project where I could apply my interests and strengths.

What’s your favorite memory from the summer?

I went with Architecture Senior Manager Basit Sheikh and Architect Lead/Specialist Ninou Sarwono to attend the FinTech Innovation Day, an incubator lab in partnership with Accenture and many financial services companies. On my third day at Capital, Basit turned to me and said, “Hey! It would be a great opportunity if you came to FinTech with us.” Two weeks later, I was traveling to New York City, immersed in the technology that’s transforming our industry.

Which part of the program had the biggest impact on you? Any big lessons learned you’ll take back to school this fall?

My project definitely had the biggest impact on me. This summer was my first technology-based internship. My project really helped secure my interest in technology and the transformative capabilities it has in any industry. There’s no better time to be working with technology in financial services than right now. Machine learning was just a hot topic I read about in blogs until I got to experiment with it this summer.

 

Larry Thurber: Investment Operations Summer Associate—Global Securities Operations

Larry Thurber 

Why did you decide to spend your summer at Capital?

I wanted to learn more about the financial services industry at a company with a great reputation that continually invests in their associates’ professional growth.

What projects have you focused on this summer?

Besides my daily production work, which consisted of valuing fixed income securities for our funds in Global Securities Operations (GSO), I’ve been involved in numerous projects, from streamlining associate application databases to odd-lot trade analysis.

Who was your biggest mentor/role model at Capital?

Throughout the summer, I’ve had numerous mentors. My direct reporting manager, GSO Manager Jeff McEntarfer, has always been a great line of support for me whenever I needed guidance. Business Project Associate Cindy Stephen was another great mentor who helped me through the entire process of our project. Finally, another great influence was GSO Senior Associate Emily Bishop, who was always willing to answer any technical questions I had about GSO, no matter how silly they might have seemed.

What’s your favorite memory from the summer?

My favorite memory hands-down was when we went to our neighborhood Boys & Girls Club for an afternoon. We presented new games to the kids and were able to play with them. It was very gratifying and left a lasting impact.