Liberal Arts Career Services
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Westlake Securities

Summer 2020

Position: Middle Market Intern
Student: Economics Junior

Westlake Securities is a middle market investment banking firm located in Austin. It provides services such as M&A advisory, growth advisory, capital placements, and more. I found this internship through a friend who worked there the previous summer. I was able to get in touch with the program coordinator through his referral. The internship was structured as a competition, where each intern had to provide an investment pitch on 4 companies (2 public and 2 private). The competition requirements were to create a slide deck and a financial model supporting your thesis. The models on the private companies took more effort as they required the use of intuition and estimates due to lack of data. The project had 4 rounds, each round was a different stage of the project and there were weekly discussions with the managing director and program coordinator which allowed us to ask questions and express concerns about our work. The best part about the internship was the opportunity to learn from real investment bankers. The experience taught me how to build professional models and presentations. It gave me a platform where I could use my creativity to construct different ideas for each of the 4 companies.

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