Majoring or minoring in German or Slavic makes…
…good professional sense. Just ask GSLL alum Melissa Hannaman, Class of ’14.
With my German minor, I applied for the AmCham Internship Program in Germany and was quickly offered multiple positions across the financial services industry. I was offered internships in three different companies: an international consumer bank, a media group, and an investment banking services boutique specialized in merger and acquisition consulting. I accepted the last offer because it was in the investment banking industry and was a small, family-owned company that really made me feel valued.
At my internship, I was assigned all kinds of tasks from company valuations to strategic partner research. I was also translating legal documents from German to English and reviewing emails from partners that were written in English to important clientele. Not only did the company benefit from having a native English speaking intern, but I also greatly improved my German skills by using them every day in a professional and personal context.
After graduating in May 2014, I plan on going back to Germany to work in corporate finance or consulting. I strongly believe that the interviews that I have been offered have come as a result of my AmCham internship made possible thanks to my minor in GSLL. I realize that even in competitive hiring environments, my language skills allow me to fill a unique niche with German employers that would not have been possible in the US.