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Meet our summer intern: Abbey!

Abbey Kaminker, Business Management Analyst Intern

McGill University BComm, Majoring in Finance with a Concentration in Business Analytics

What is the most exciting thing about working at LeverageIT?

What excites me most about working for LeverageIT, is the dynamicity of the work that is done here. I have already been exposed to so many opportunities to learn about how different functions of business apply to real-world projects, and I feel as though I gain a more comprehensive perspective of the business and tech world with each day of work that I do. The environment is incredibly stimulating, and despite only working for one month, I already feel like a stronger communicator, critical thinker, and problem solver!

What are your goals for this summer?

I have three main goals for the summer:

(1) I want to expand my technical knowledge while simultaneously mastering the hard skills I already have,
(2) I want to cultivate stronger interpersonal and communication skills, and
(3) I want to contribute in a meaningful and measurable way to at least one LeverageIT project.
Ultimately, I want to come out of the internship as a more skilled student and worker, while also ensuring that I’ve helped LeverageIT reach its own goals.

What projects are you working on this summer?

So far, I have had the opportunity to contribute to two projects – ESHYFT and PeepChat. My role in the ESHYFT project has been focused on data analysis, report making, and research, which I, along with other LeverageIT team members have used to develop pathways to boosting user engagement on the app. I have actually enjoyed working in an analytics role so much, that I have decided to pursue a secondary curriculum in Business Analytics when I return to school in the fall! For PeepChat, I had the chance to work on the investor fundraising deck. Although it was unfamiliar territory, it was very interesting to learn how fundraising works and I feel as though I gained so much valuable insight into the app and idea creation process.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

As someone who is results-driven, appreciates a fast-paced workplace, and likes to be challenged, I do value the aspects of a traditional finance job, and I am excited about having opportunities to work at finance and investing firms in the future. However, I would ultimately like to end up using my finance knowledge in a more creative space, where I can work on projects that I’m passionate about and make meaningful contributions to businesses and my community. Whether I am in the startup world, real estate, or even fashion – only time will tell!

What do you like to do when you’re offline?

One of the hobbies that I have picked up over the course of the pandemic has been cooking and baking. My roommates and I spent a lot of time this year trying cooking together and trying different recipes, which is a skill I will be holding on to! I have also always been interested in the fashion world, and love to read blogs, listen to podcasts, and watch YouTube videos on fashion and the business of the industry. Loving fashion also means that I am a very avid shopper!!

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