"I believe this internship opened my eyes to the world around me. Before this experience, I never knew what it was like to work on a trading floor, but now I get to experience it first-hand."
– Mikela Stevkovski, Class of 2018

Mikela Stevkovski '18, from Westhampton, New York, is a finance major on our New York City campus. Mikela is currently the president of Pace's ALPFA chapter (Association of Latino Professionals for America). She has also made Dean's List, and is a member of Alpha Chi, Alpha Lambda Delta, Lambda Sigma Honor Society, and National Society of Leadership and Success. Mikela is currently an intern at Morgan Stanley, and loving every minute of it! 
 
Where are you currently interning? Have you had any other internship previously?  
I am currently interning at Morgan Stanley in the Institutional Equity division. Previously, I had an accounting internship at a small firm during the summer.
 
What have you been working on at your internship? Has it sparked an interest in a career/area of study you hadn't already thought about? Or has it confirmed that you are on the right path? 
I've been working on a team in the institutional equities division. My team helps build client relationships and execute trades for certain clients. It's opened my eyes to different areas in finance. Before this internship, I never knew exactly how big deals were made and decided. I'm very happy with this division, and it's definitely helped me realize that I'm on the right track.
 
Do you believe your internship experience has helped to prepare you for your future? 
I believe this internship opened my eyes to the world around me. Before this experience, I never knew what it was like to work on a trading floor, but now I get to experience it first hand. It taught me many different skills and I've been responsible for many high-end tasks…my boss has no doubts in the work I produce. My co-workers also want to see me learn. When there are meetings or conferences, they extend the invitation to me. I am very grateful for that. 
 
Any advice for other Lubin students looking for internships? 
My advice for students would be to stay proactive in the internship process. Visit Career Services and get to know your adviser. Also, students are at Pace for an education, and if they feel they need help in a class they should visit the Tutoring Center, Writing Center, or their professor. I've never had a professor who didn't make the time to see me for questions. Without the resources given at Pace I would not be in the position I am today. 
 

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