Finance Position Cover Letter Example
I am writing to express my interest in the Sophomore Leadership Program at Citi. I recently changed my major from Economics to Hotel Administration within Cornell University’s College of Business because I wanted to pursue a more practical business degree as opposed to the theoretical side of Economics. In choosing the School of Hotel Administration, I will complete an identical major to other comparable undergraduate business programs while having the added benefit of exposure to hospitality – a quality with extreme utility across the many client-facing roles of the financial services industry.
My passion for finance began my freshman year by joining the Cornell Hedge Fund as an analyst. Through this organization, I was first exposed to fundamental analysis from the buy-side of the industry. By attending educational meetings, seeking mentorship from senior members, and conducting individual research, I developed technical skills from an analytical and modeling standpoint. The stock pitches require extensive research into a company’s financial history as well as discounted cash flow and comparable company analysis. Because of my developed passion for the financial markets and collaborative nature, I was promoted my sophomore year to an associate position and elected to the executive board, positions from which I can both provide mentorship to new members and continue to learn from upper-class students.
The Sophomore Leadership Program is an opportunity for me to further explore this industry at a firm that emphasizes diversity and its global reach. The unique rotational nature will allow me to hone my interests in a specific direction. My passion for current events and desire to develop high-touch relationships with institutional clients attracted me to Sales & Trading. Visiting the trading floor over the summer and meeting John Doe in Syndicated Loans only added to my interest in this division. At the same time, my experience in fundamental analysis and working on longer-term financial projects has piqued my interest in banking as well. I met with Jane Doe and recently spoke to Anita Job from the Capital Markets Origination division and exited those conversations with a heightened understanding of structuring and origination. CMO – this hybrid of Investment Banking and Sales & Trading – is perhaps the ideal fit for my interests.
The Sophomore Leadership Program at Citi will help me explore and identify my fit in finance. To the firm, I will bring my strong ability to work in a team, enthusiasm, and ability to balance multiple priorities. I am confident my experiences in both the Cornell Hedge Fund and my business fraternity, Phi Gamma Nu, have fostered the skills necessary to thrive with both peers and mentors across Citi. I would welcome the opportunity to speak with you.
Thank you for your time and consideration.