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How to Make the Most of Your Summer Internship

June 2024

Your summer internship is an opportunity to immerse yourself in an industry, gain hands-on experience, and make connections that could shape your career. But how do you ensure you're maximizing your professional growth while making a lasting impression?

With our summer internship program underway, we asked former Point72 Academy interns and our Recruiting team to share their advice on how to set yourself up for success this summer. Here's what they had to say:

Talk to as many professionals as possible. I’ve found the people at this firm to be extremely helpful and willing to share. Take this opportunity, not just to build up your knowledge in your role, but also to learn about career progression, relationship building, and working as a team.” – Sunny, L/S Analyst (Hong Kong), Summer Intern ‘21


“Remember that you will only get out what you put into your summer internship. Be open to learning as much as you can from everyone. Whether it’s by doing your own additional research, implementing feedback from your manager, or even just sharing ideas with your peers in the internship, there is an abundant amount of knowledge available to you.” — Gia, L/S Analyst (New York), Summer Intern ’22        

“I’d deliberately take the time to meet new people. The internship will be busy, but the relationships you form now can help you in the near term and longer term throughout your career. Come open-minded and ready to learn—I think it’s less about what you come into the internship knowing, and more about your ability to demonstrate how your knowledge has progressed throughout the internship.” — Skye, L/S Analyst (New York), Summer Intern ’22


“Read as much as possible and read books that are not only written by academics but by industry practitioners, and for me, that means investors. My personal favorite is the Market Wizards series. I think a lot of the learnings that you can read about from people who’ve been in the game for a very long time will stay with you and you’ll continuously draw on those throughout your career.” — Callum, L/S Analyst (London), Summer Intern ‘22

Take initiative. Don’t wait for tasks to be handed to you. Show your enthusiasm and excitement for the opportunity. If you see something that needs to be done, offer to do it.” — Colleen, Academy Recruiter (New York)


“My advice for summer interns is to stay curious. You’ll be surrounded by experienced colleagues and every day is a great opportunity to learn from some of the smartest people in the industry. In my experience the people here are generally very approachable, willing to help, and want to see you succeed.” — Rohan, Academy Associate (New York), Summer Intern ’23

Don’t hesitate to ask questions and be open to challenging your preexisting views. You can learn from everyone at the firm, including your peers, and I implore you to take advantage of the resources, talent, and opportunities that you will experience this summer.” — Ashwin, L/S Analyst (New York), Summer Intern ’22


“While you can certainly meet and grab coffee with more experienced professionals as a full-time employee, I believe it’s far easier to do so when you’re a newly minted intern. Seize that special opportunity and reach out.” — Alex, Academy Associate (New York), Summer Intern ’23

 Get to know people outside of your team or business. One of the nice things about the London office is that it’s a lot smaller which makes it easier to host office events. These weekly gatherings allowed me to not only meet people across L/S but also get to know my colleagues across the firm. There’s something to learn from everybody no matter what their role is, so it’s really important to put yourself out there as much as possible.” — Drew, L/S Analyst (London), Summer Intern ‘23

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