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Internship Spotlight: Coleman Besmer

Coleman Besmer

Coleman Besmer 

BA, Economics, '22
Summer Analyst Intern at Hovde Capital Advisors

What are some of your day-to-day responsibilities?

Generally, I listen to CNBC and see what the market is doing on my way to the office. Get in and start going through emails and getting up to speed on everything going on with the fund, if there’s been a news event pertinent to our interests that hasn’t yet been sent around yet I’ll do this, but they don’t miss much. After that, I just do what needs to be done that day. Some days, that might mean doing work on financials or screening for long/short targets, or researching a specific company or market. Some days that just means playing with ideas. It’s interesting to be able to kind of go off on my own and go down rabbit holes on certain companies and see what I can find.

How did you find this internship?

I found this internship through networking!

How long did it take for you to find?

I suppose that depends what lens you choose to apply. I already had done a different internship and had explored various others. It took a long time to find something that felt like the right fit.

What job do you hope to get when you graduate? 

Not sure. I hope to be a well-rounded enough individual that I can identify the best opportunity that allows me to make a tangible impact on the world. In what capacity that will be is yet to be seen. The markets were certainly my first love in the professional world, but politics intrigue me as well.

Why are you majoring in economics? 

It was easier than finance. Kidding, sort of. Jokes aside, I think there is a ton of value in understanding cause and effect relationships as they pertain to world economics and politics. Being an econ major allows me to branch out a bit more into the theory side and chisel away at my broader world view while still being able to hop into the more mathematic side as I see fit and integrating those technical skills to my-always developing understanding of the world. Being really good with tools isn’t very useful if you don’t know how to build a house.