“I’m so grateful for every opportunity.”
Thousands of undergraduates apply to the Credit Suisse Risk Analyst Summer Internship each year. Mathematics major Madel Liquido was one of four students chosen in the national search for the highly selective program last summer. By the time the internship ended, Liquido had a full-time offer from the investment bank for the position of risk analyst. “It felt really good to represent Saint Peter’s,” said Liquido of the competitive process that ultimately landed her full-time employment with Credit Suisse. She also hopes to pursue a master’s degree in financial engineering at Columbia University in the near future.
Liquido didn’t envision the breadth of career options when she started Saint Peter’s University. It began with the elevator pitch competition, led by Goldman Sachs managers and organized by the Center for Career Engagement and Experiential Learning (CEEL), that Liquido won freshman year. Then, she interned as an analyst with a fashion company, participated in the Goldman Sachs Local College Collaborative and earned a SURGE (STEM Undergraduate Retention Graduation and Empowerment) Fellowship, conducting research with Associate Professor of Mathematics Nickolas Kintos, Ph.D. Along the way, her guiding mantra was, “What’s the next thing I can do? I was always trying to raise the bar higher from where I was every semester.”
Liquido recently defended her honors thesis that used mathematical models to analyze the physiological process of neuromodulation, and was inducted into the Most Noble Order of the Peacock (MNOP) honor society last fall. “If you had asked me if I would have all of these experiences four years ago, I wouldn’t have imagined it,” she said. “I’m so grateful for every opportunity.”