Making Internships Happen One at a Time

Vedan Patel, a junior from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, majoring in banking and finance, has worked hard from the start. He started interning after his freshman year at financial service firms like Primerica, Northwestern Mutual and Edward Jones, gaining knowledge about investments and insurance.

He stepped up his game his sophomore year and reached out to Wesley Dickens, assistant director of experiential education at the UM business school, when he started looking for an internship. In doing so, he received an offer from Piper Sandler Investment Banking, which he accepted, and began focusing on refinancing debt in the capital markets.

“My favorite thing about being a part of the business school is how the staff is always happy to help,” said Vedan. “When I reached out to Mr. Dickens, at the beginning of my sophomore year, he helped me get in touch with investment bankers from Ole Miss.

“This started a snowball effect in my life of making connections with people inside of the investment banking world.”

Although Vedan believes in taking his life one step at a time, his goal after graduation is to get more involved in the investment banking industry.

This summer he will serve an internship with Stephens Investment Banking in Little Rock as a summer analyst.

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