PHILADELPHIA – August 03, 2022 – This summer’s FS High School Experienceship program has concluded after a span of six weeks. In collaboration with Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, the program provided seven rising juniors and seniors with practical experience in the finance industry to help guide their future career decisions.
“My experience at FS Investments has been nothing less than sublime,” said Zoë Surratt. Surratt is a rising senior at Gwynedd Mercy Academy and hopes to pursue business in college before attending law school. “If I had to choose a favorite rotation, it would definitely be in information security. There, I learned the importance of protecting personal information and cybersecurity. I loved that I could apply the information I learned at work to my everyday life.” The program, which included three rotations between departments throughout the firm, introduced students to various career paths within asset management.
“It has been a pleasure leading the pilot FS High School Experienceship program and working with this group of highly motivated and engaged students,” said Atoosa Scheuer. Scheuer is a Talent and Organizational Development Associate at FS Investments. “They’ve gained personal and professional development skills, including self-awareness, communication, collaboration, business etiquette and industry knowledge, that I am confident will be valuable in their future experiences.”
The students were able to gain opportunities for job shadowing, industry research and hands-on projects across diverse functions. In addition to their daily tasks, students participated in a series of learning sessions, which covered topics such as the economy and markets, presentation skills, personal brand, and writing resumes and cover letters.
“During my six weeks at FS investments, I have been exposed to a variety of career paths, which have shaped my career exploration,” said Sydney Jackson. Jackson is a rising senior at Cheltenham High School and hopes to pursue a pharmacy track in college before pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. “I started the program with the marketing department, where I witnessed unmatched brainstorm and collaboration, followed by my second rotation in Fund Control, where I was taught how to navigate Microsoft Excel. And finally, I concluded my experience in Investment Research where I sat in on podcast recordings and learned how to track the market.”
“[The Experienceship students] have been so eager to learn about the business and contribute to projects in different ways,” said Caroline Manion. Manion is an associate on the Marketing team and served as one of the rotation managers. “They’ve done great work, bringing some new ideas and fresh perspectives to the projects they’ve worked on, which has really helped our team.”