What’s In Your Wallet? Capital One Internship Preps Southeast Student for Finance Career

Cockrill_WTD_NewsCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., July 22, 2015 – Southeast Missouri State University senior Caleb Cockrill of O’Fallon, Missouri, landed an internship this summer in the greater Washington, D.C., area with Capital One, a leading national bank offering financial products and services.

Cockrill, an international business and economics double major, is interning in the global finance department, working on the trade analytics and valuation team within the investment portfolio group.

“A lot of the work my team does is analyze how any changes in the economic environment will impact any investments Capital One has made,” Cockrill said.

Cockrill, former Southeast Student Government president, says he wants to improve on both his soft skills and technical skills while working at Capital One. He says he hopes to learn how to build macros using Excel and hedge a portfolio to maximize profitability in addition to improving skills like working with a team and delivering an elevator pitch.

“I get the opportunity to learn from some of the most brilliant business minds I have met, the chance to work with one of the nation’s leaders in the banking industry, the ability to network with other interns that come from across the country, and the opportunity to live in and explore another part of the country,” Cockrill said.

According to Cockrill, the Washington, D.C., area is very different from Cape Girardeau and even St. Louis.

“I think the biggest culture shock for me moving out here has been the upbeat lifestyle,” Cockrill said. “It seems as though everyone’s to-do list never gets complete, but they also seem very happy about constantly having new opportunities around them.”

Cockrill, a Spanish minor, says his dream job is to work for a multinational corporation in Spain but after college would like to start his career in finance on one of the U.S. coasts.