Hello everyone! My name is Jess Li. I am from Beijing, China. I have study in the U.S. for about 7 years now. I went to a high school in Allentown, Pennsylvania and I am a rising senior at the University of Pittsburgh. My major is Finance and minor is French.
At Pitt, I have engaged in some business-related organizations to gain more perspective in business and improve my leadership and communication skills, as well as to enrich my college experience and meet more people. I was part of the research committee for the Behavioral Economic club, served a VP of Public Relation in the Society of International Business club, and actively engaged in a data analytics organization called LEAP. Moreover, I continued my lacrosse career after playing the sport for four years in high school at Pitt Women’s Club lacrosse team. In the summer of 2019, I was honored to play for Team China in a World Lacrosse Championship in Peterborough, Canada. To give back the community and help first-year college students to adapt college life easier and quicker, I served as a resident assistance in the Pitt Business Living Learning Community, Bruce Hall, in my sophomore year.
My professional experience started in the summer of 2020, during the pandemic when things moved online, and I enrolled in an online training program called Romero Mentoring. In the program, I learned a lot of practical technical skills in finance and received my first professional internship as an Investment Analyst Intern remotely. It was a wonderful experience and life-changing moment when I decided to pursue a career in investment banking. Currently, I work as an Equity Research Analyst at Romero Capital and a community leader at Romero Mentoring. Some of my responsibilities include drafting and publishing equity research reports for the Romero Mentoring community feed, building scenario based financial statements models and performing company valuations on target companies, assisting junior analysts with their deliverables.
While maintaining my roles in Romero Capital and Romero Mentoring, I wish to gain some global business experience and utilize my skills that I learned from the training program to different business management. Through Pitt Business, I found out the Virtual Global Internship program and submitted my application. As a result, I was matched with a company in London called J-Toon Production, Ltd., a start-up company which develops children’s animation cartoon series, children’s books, magazines, video games and merchandising products. I work as a Financial Management Intern at the company, analyzing different funding grants/loans/equity finance and working with my supervisor on business plans.
By the end of the Virtual Global Internship program, I hope to learn more knowledge about business by working with my supervisor closely and improve my time management, communication, critical thinking, problem-solving, and networking skills. Further, with the help of the internship course accompany the internship, I will learn more interview skills and be able to become a stronger candidate for my future career.