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City Internships - Matthew Garton

Matthew Matthew Garton
  • Dartmouth College, BA Economics
  • Completed an internship with a hedge fund through City Internships' global internship program
What was the big attraction of the internship program?

"The opportunity to spend the summer with a great firm was what initially attracted me. I interned for one of the largest hedge funds in Europe – to look 'behind the closed doors' of apoorly understood industry was hugely exciting and rewarding."

How did you find the experience?

"I spent a great summer living and working in London whilst enhancing my career prospects. The opportunity to explore London with a group of peers from around the world is an experience I'll never forget and is one I would recommend highly to other students looking to make the most of their summer break. I also found the careers seminars, guest speakers and CV workshops really useful."

How has the program helped you with your career?

"My internship placement, coupled with the post-program support provided by City Internships, was instrumental in helping me to focus my aspirations and get a foot on the ladder. I was introduced to another employer by my City Internships group mentor a year after I attended the program and secured a graduate position with them."

Where are you now?

"I am currently working as an options trader at a proprietary trading firm in Chicago. My experience working at a hedge fund through City Internships provided me with an excellent practical introduction to working in the financial markets. In addition to the invaluable opportunity to see the workings of a trading floor and the day-to-day activities and challenges of a trader, the internship was a comprehensive education in the structure and operations of a trading firm. This experience, and the lessons I learned, were very helpful to me in both finding employment post-graduation as well as to the process of beginning a career in trading."