THE LIFE OF A WALL STREET SUMMER INTERN
(P6) A big project for him may involve making a PowerPoint presentation for more senior bankers on his team.
(P9) The analyst we spoke with said he was staffed on a project at 10 a.m. on his very first day — and another that evening. He WOUND UP working until 2:30 a.m. his first night.
(P10) Most days, however, he leaves by 10:30 or 11:30 p.m., and he is not expected to work more than one weekend IN A ROW.
(P11) So not quite the 100-hour workweek you may hear about for young Wall Street interns. But still not enough time to go out to the bar every night.
(P12) That, the intern said, he RESERVES for Friday and Saturday nights.
If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.
- Briefly summarize the content of the article in your own words.
- Did you ever work in an internship or APPRENTICE program?
- Why have these programs become so popular with university students?
- At many companies, interns are used mostly as GO-FERS. Is this UNFAIR, or is it still VALUABLE experience?
- Many internships are UNPAID. Does this give too much of an ADVANTAGE to students whose parents are wealthy and can afford to support them living in expensive cities like New York and Tokyo?
EXPRESSIONS TO PRACTICE:
What do the following expressions mean? Practice using each expression in a sentence; extra points if you can use it in conversation.
- Horror story
- Investment banking
- Run by
- Cash flow
- Wind up
- In a row