Cambridge welcomes Next Step interns
Cambridge Investment Research Inc. has started its official summer internship program, The Next Step, for 2013.
The Next Step is designed to provide insight into specific departmental positions within the home office, as well as an overview about the financial services industry and Cambridge as a leading independent broker-dealer.
“We received resumes from 600 applicants, a 50 percent increase from a year ago, and we are experiencing great success in attracting highly motivated and well-rounded college students to the home office,” said Amy Webber, president. “Cambridge provides an excellent learning opportunity for our interns to work alongside senior management as they foster the next generation of successful associates, creating tomorrow’s financial industry leaders.”
This year’s group includes 21 interns from across the country including University of Georgia, Iowa State University, University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, Mount Mercy, AIB College of Business, Simpson College, Central College, Wartburg College, Indian Hills Community College, University of Wisconsin La Crosse, and University of Wisconsin Eau Claire.
During the interns’ time at Cambridge, they will gain insight into the skills needed for specific positions and will gain valuable experience from the Cambridge Knowledge Center training classes such as Broker-dealer 101, Attitudes of Emerging Leaders, and Resume training. Additionally, they will participate in volunteer activities by giving back to the community, network with interns who are now full-time associates to hear their intern story, and a college panel from fellow associates discussing their transition from college into the workforce.
Webber continued, “Our intent is for them to have a broad understanding of what an independent broker-dealer is and does by the end of their internship. Furthermore, we continue to increase awareness among college students interested in returning or relocating to the Southeast Iowa region.”
Since the end of last summer, Cambridge has seen familiar faces returning back for various positions. Currently, six interns from 2012 are either working full-time or interviewing for full-time positions and two interns are back for their second summer in The Next Step program.
“After my internship, I knew I wanted to return to Cambridge because their culture and core values match my own,” said Molly Brokken, former intern now hired on as full time in the Business Development Team. “Cambridge strives to provide a supportive environment with opportunities for young talent to grow professionally.”