Why You Can’t Beat Goldman Sachs

20 Apr

These kind of people are their interns…

Taken from http://www.joycemeng.com

JOYCE S. MENG
E-mail: redacted, Home Address: redacted; Cell Phone (US):redacted

Oxford University, Balliol College

•    MSc Economics for Development (Awarded Distinction, given to approximately ~10% of class)    June 2009
o    Awarded the George Webb Medley Prize for Best Overall Performance and Arthur Lewis Prize for Excellence in Development Economics o    Extended Essay: “Aspirations and Schooling: The formation and intra-household impact of educational aspirations in rural China”
•    MSc Financial Economics (Said Business School) University of Pennsylvania: Huntsman Joint Degree Program: Graduated summa-cum laude (4.0 GPA)
•    The Wharton School: B.S in Economics; Concentration: Finance •    College of Arts and Sciences: B.A in International Studies, Minors: Mathematics, Spanish •    Universidad Pontifica Comillas (ICADE: Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales) Madrid, Spain
Expected June 2010 May 2008
Fall 2006
Undergrad GPA: 4.0/4.0; Honors: Rhodes Scholar 2008, Selected as a Marshall Scholar 2008, Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Gamma Sigma, Joseph Wharton Scholar, Benjamin Franklin Scholar, University Scholar, Wharton Research Scholar, Dean’s List, StartingBloc, 2nd place – Premio Ellacuria (Prize in Studies of Social Interest), James Howard Weiss Memorial Award (given to one Penn senior demonstrating academic excellence), Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key (presented to graduating senior with the highest GPA at Wharton)

Private Sector Experience:

Goldman Sachs (New York City), Summer Analyst in Goldman Sachs Investment Partners (Formerly GS Principal Strategies)    Summer 2009 •    Built financial valuation models and analyzed equity, derivatives, and distressed debt investment opportunities in the autos, healthcare, and industrials
sectors. GSIP is a $7B long/short hedge fund

Bain Capital, Sankaty Advisors (Boston), Summer Analyst Summer 2008 •    Analyzed credit investment opportunities in the automotive and healthcare sectors at Sankaty Advisors, a $30B credit hedge fund of Bain Capital •    Created valuation models, analyzed industry fundamentals, and prepared sensitivity cases to determine investment positions

Goldman Sachs (New York City), Investment Banking Summer Analyst in Natural Resources Leveraged Finance (Commodity Finance) •    Created LBO and construction financing models, prepared sensitivity cases and industry analyses about the power and O&G sectors •    Aided in the preparation of transaction marketing materials, analyzed financial statements, assisted in the execution of various live deals

Credit Suisse (Hong Kong), Investment Banking Summer Analyst in Debt Capital Markets •    Wrote daily and weekly market commentary, created pitch-books covering all of Non-Japan Asia, created Asia bond database with VBA


Taishin International Bank (Taipei), Intern in the Retail Banking Marketing and Product Development Division
•    Applied data mining techniques using SAS and SQL to perform marketing campaign post-mortem analysis for CRM, created database models

Economic Development and Research Experience:

Youth Bank, Chief Financial Officer and Co-Founder Spring 2007-present •    Founded a microbusiness incubator for street youth in Lagos, Nigeria for full launch in August 2009 (Project details: http://www.youth-bank.org) •    Developed the business plan and operational model, conducted market analyses, created budget and accounting system, raised $43,000+

Givology (www.givology.org), Chief Executive Officer and Co- Founder Spring 2008-present •    Founded an online giving marketplace that provides funding for student scholarships and grassroots education projects in the developing world •    Raised ~$50.000, registered 950+ donors, formed partnerships with 20+ grassroots organizations, assisted ~1,300 students in 10+ countries, and sent
fellows into villages to research access to quality of education. Givology selected as one of the “top 100 student-run companies” •    Givology has been featured in Nicholas Kristof’s blog in the New York Times, Knowledge@Wharton, Social Edge, Philadelphia Inquirer, etc

Opportunity International, Intern Fall 2008-present •    Used econometrics to evaluate a financial literacy campaign in Malawi, designed child savings product and baseline surveys for Mozambique

World Bank, Consultant in the Finance and Private Sector Development Research Group Summer 2008-Fall 2008 •    Analyzed patterns of international capital raisings and determinants of debt issuance. Performed cross sectional and multinomial logit regressions

Foundation for International Community Assistance (FINCA) Microfinance, Client Assessment Fellow, Data Analyst Spring 2006- Summer 2007 •    Conducted 800 client interviews in rural villages of four different Mexican states, presented poverty reach findings to FINCA Mexico head •    Performed quantitative statistical analysis of social metric impact assessment data of village banking programs in Latin America

Nantik Lum Microfinance Institute (Madrid), Project Manager/Scholar Grant Recipient Fall 2006 •    Created a project proposal and action plan for changing the Chiapas collective projects into a full group solidarity lending model •    Supervised the writing, translation, and publication of the Nantik Lum research monograph for the European Microfinance Network

Global Interdependence Center, Project Manager Spring 2004-Fall 2007 •    Researched major developments in financial interconnectivity, wrote policy position papers on issues of economic globalization

Leadership and Activities:

Speech and Debate (National Forensics Association), Debate Captain Fall 2000-Spring 2008 •    Acted as coach, mentor, and captain, providing individualized one-on-one training, administrative support, and research for the team •    Placed 1st with a 10-0 record and 2nd with 8-2 record in the 2006 and 2007 Pennsylvania State Championship Tournament, respectively •    Led team to a 4th place victory at the 2007 National Forensics Association National Championship Tournament

Destination Imagination, President and Founder Fall 1992 – present •    Placed 3rd at the 2005 International Destination Imagination Competition in the Intercollegiate DIXtreme Division, participated 13 years

Computer Skills – Proficient with Microsoft Suite, STATA, SQL, html, VBA, Photoshop, basic Java, elementary SAS

Language Skills – Fluent in Spanish (11 years intensive training), fluent in spoken Chinese Other Interests – Oxford Women’s Ice Hockey Team, Violin, Piano, Erhu, currently writing a novel, Oxford Entrepreneurs, ORBIS Portfolio Trading Team
Summer 2007
Summer 2006 Summer 2005

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15 Responses to “Why You Can’t Beat Goldman Sachs”

  1. Karel Fabritius April 22, 2010 at 10:52 am #

    I see no training in swindling or theft.Unqualified.

  2. danceswithspreadsheets April 24, 2010 at 11:34 am #

    really, she founded Destination Imagination when she was 10? Really?

  3. free magazines on line April 29, 2010 at 7:58 pm #

    That was a incredibly good read,I look forward to some more post from you.

  4. Fred May 2, 2010 at 12:04 pm #

    Among all the overachieving there is not a word to indicate an ethical grounding or sense of social responsibility. Church? Charity?

  5. Hondo May 3, 2010 at 10:34 pm #

    Fred, Opportunity International is a wonderful charitable organization with a nondenominational Christian worldview.

    DancesWithSpreadsheets, I share your skepticism. If she’s graduating from Wharton with a bachelor’s in June 2010, then let’s assume she’s 22. 2010-22=1988. If she “founded” Destination Imagination (whatever that is) in 1992, then 1992-1988= 4. She was 4 years old at its founding. Either very ambitious, or there’s a typo in her resume (how embarrassing for a alleged 4.0 GPA) or there’s a typo in the Stone Street blog post.

  6. May Tuesday May 4, 2010 at 12:23 am #

    Fred: Did you say no sense of social responsibility? I’m going to assume that was sarcasm, since it states she founded TWO non-profits for education and development. Wow, what are socially responsible doing these days that doesn’t qualify this young lady for the title?

  7. chicagosean May 6, 2010 at 9:47 am #

    I’ll be this resume looks great on eharmony. Or not….

  8. Sana Thoen May 30, 2010 at 2:02 pm #

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  9. IHATERETARDEDPEOPLE July 28, 2010 at 4:02 pm #

    @ hondo and @ danceswithspreadsheets

    You guys are clearly skpetical morons

    Destination Imagination, if you just googled it you would know, is a competition you participate in during elementary-middle school.

    You can found chapters of destination imagination, which is what she did, apparently.

    and both of you guys, clearly, are math illiterate, maybe thats why you kids are in finance?

    She would not be 10 or 4, dumba$$. Please try again. Also, the graduation date was 2008 not 2010, thats her masters from OXFORD

    dumba$$es

  10. Robut September 17, 2010 at 4:53 am #

    Oh, and she’s writing a novel. Bet it’s fucking great. What a fucking loser.

  11. Leandro Kimes November 8, 2010 at 2:44 pm #

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  12. InterviewCouch December 15, 2010 at 9:23 pm #

    I was looking for an old friend on face book and came across this pearl… you all missing the main point – have you seen how ugly she is? I wouldn’t hire her butter face if she cured cancer!

    Dumb ass, get a life! Where’s your beauty pageant and sorority info huh?

    #Fail for me

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  14. gg February 1, 2011 at 7:16 am #

    Internships are amazing (Wonder why she has been switching companies that fast? Maybe no ft offer?)
    Beside that and the 4.0 gpa (Let’s face it, econ isn’t the hardest major out there) I don’ see many impressive things.
    From a technical point of view, neither the contents of her work was precisely hard nor distinctive.
    About the leadership related activities, I will be nice and I won’t think she’s like some people I know and I will believe she actually put a lot of work. Still not amazing.
    No part-time job, no clearly focused experience.
    800 interviews, LOL, took her a while …
    Developed BPlan and Ops model, isn’t that redundant?
    Not great quant/programming skills.

    K, taking away the dubious quality/quantity experience/activities, she’s a 4.0 gpa in a not precisely tough major (no comments about the minor).

    Must be very smart, but not impressive imho.

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