Julia Barthel, Class of 2016
I grew up in Germany near Dresden. After I graduated from high school, I chose to spend a year of social service in Northern Italy, where I worked with abused children and mothers at an SOS Children’s Village. I studied Political Science and Communication at Dresden University of Technology with a concentration in transatlantic relations and public communication. I gained practical experiences through internships with the former German Minister of Defense, with the Chairman of the U.S. Delegation at the European Parliament, and at the Policy Planning Staff of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
I’ve chosen the MAGES program because it offers the great opportunity to engage in dialogue with peers and mentors who share my interest in transatlantic relations. Having engaged with the issue from a European viewpoint so far, I am now particularly interested in understanding the American perspective on Europe. The MAGES program allows me to do so while specializing in my specific areas of interest. I am glad to be a part of the engaged and talented MAGES community, and to take advantage of the support and opportunities Georgetown offers.
Summer 2015 Internship: Bank of New York Mellon, Frankfurt, Germany
This summer, I interned with the Bank of New York Mellon’s German branch in the financial capital of Germany, Frankfurt am Main. Originally, I was assigned to the Global Client Management team but I ultimately also supported other teams across the company. That being said, my work was very diverse and ranged from providing research on current and potential clients to analyzing key financial markets. I helped with conceptualizing and creating a product-specific market analysis to identify threats and growth potential in Germany. I also contributed to briefing notes, talking points, and market overviews for executive meetings with potential clients and also conducted research on an indictment case against a client in order to evaluate the implications of the case for the bank’s relationship with the client. For the sales team, I provided support in preparing proposals to be sent for the acquisition of new businesses.
The BNY Mellon Summer Internship Program provided me with a unique opportunity to experience the everyday operations of a major financial institution. Through a variety of challenging projects and interesting tasks, I got to apply theoretical knowledge from class to work in the private sector. In addition to these invaluable practical experiences, I also gained a greater understanding of the challenges and underlying dynamics of the banking sector through discussions with colleagues from different teams. Looking back at my summer in Frankfurt, I would highly recommend the internship to future students. From the first day on, I was fully integrated in the team and given meaningful work. My mentors and colleagues were very dedicated and committed to providing me with a broad range of insights into the bank’s daily work.