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This fall Citi selected Colby as the pilot institution for a new recruiting program geared toward small, selective colleges. The partnership is one of many internship and research opportunities developed for Colby students to allow them to gain valuable knowledge and career training before entering the full-time workforce.
Based in New York City, the program is open to juniors, who can apply for a summer internship with Citi across several business lines including corporate and investment banking, capital markets origination, markets and securities services, and treasury and trade solutions. Students from all disciplines are invited to participate in the program.
“Citi is especially interested in problem solvers and innovators with team skills and the aptitude to learn on the job,” said Alisa Johnson, director of the Career Center at Colby. “We want students to understand that any major could potentially be a good fit, and that a career in financial services could open the door to many other opportunities.”
With 70 percent of Citi’s entry-level jobs filled through its intern pool, the new program will help position Colby students well for potential full-time employment opportunities. The program’s recruiting team comprises seven Colby alumni volunteers, all of whom work at Citi in the business lines in which students can intern. The alumni, led by Capital Markets Origination Director Amanda Carucci Boggs ’00, are available to answer questions students have about the different businesses, employment at Citi, ways to improve their applications, and preparing for the internship.
Citi will pilot the program with Colby for two to three years and will adjust as necessary before implementing it at other select institutions. The initiative kicked off in October when Citi recruiters came to Mayflower Hill for a faculty luncheon, student information session, and networking event. In December Colby hosted an interview preparation session for students led by a managing director at Citi.
“We have found that some of our best talent at Citi has come from liberal arts colleges, which have been traditionally under-recognized in financial services recruiting,” said Boggs. “We are incredibly excited about this pilot program with Colby and the opportunities that lie ahead for Citi and for the students.”