My Summer Internship: Rishi Patel

Each summer, students from the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics gain valuable professional-level exposure through internships. This year, young scholars were able to traverse the complications of the COVID-19 pandemic by pursuing an array of internships, externships and other professional development opportunities. Each profile of this series will detail a Lerner student’s experiences working on business-oriented projects.


Rishi Patel, Class of 2022 honors finance and financial planning and wealth management major with a minor in trust management, spent his summer as a private banking intern at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co (BBH).



Lerner: How did you find out about this internship? Why did you choose it?


Patel: I found this internship through Professor Jen McCloskey and the trust management minor. I chose it because I valued not just the private banking program but the company culture as well.



Lerner: Did the coronavirus pandemic impact your internship search and working experience? If so, how?


Patel: I was fortunate enough to be in person every day and even work remotely for a week to take care of my dog.



Lerner: What did you learn from this internship that you think you would not have learned elsewhere?


Patel: I learned the ins and outs of trust administration as well as how a corporate entity ensures efficiency by continuous improvement of various business functions. In addition, I learned how to do private and public equity research in-line with company investment philosophies and principles.



Lerner: What is the most exciting task or project that you have done or are currently doing in your role?


Patel: The most exciting project that I got to work on was helping the Delaware Trust Company of BBH to help innovate their private asset administration process.



Lerner: What is an example of a time where you were able to apply what you’ve learned at Lerner to your role?


Patel: I think that everything I derived from the trust management program was applicable in my day-to-day assignments with the Delaware Trust Company.


Lerner: How do you think this internship will aid you with your professional goals?


Patel: I think the internship ultimately opened up more avenues in terms of where I can leverage my experiences for full-time placements. For example, I believe that the commodities and logistics project as well as the private equity project adds great value in terms of understanding various sub-practices within finance. In addition, doing public equity research and pitching the security to partners of the firm really developed a muscle for the research side and on how to prepare delivery materials.



Lerner: What are your plans or next steps in your career once your internship is over?


Patel: My next step is to land a full-time offer within finance itself. I am keeping my options open but I do have my preferences with them being consulting, wealth management and even financial planning or analysis.


What Business Leaders Need to Know About Generative AI

The recent successes of generative AI models like ChatGPT and DALL-E have left savvy executives wondering how this new technology will revolutionize their industry. No one can predict the impact gen AI will have on an enterprise, but smart executives know that they...

Six Tips for Building Resilience in a Tough Job Market

Article written by Jessica Venturi, a career counselor with the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics. Political forces, emerging technologies, and other unprecedented pressures on the job market can feel particularly daunting to job seekers. We can do...