During the fall 2019 semester, Sierra Brown traveled to five out-of-state interviews and received five internship offers, accepted an internship with Goldman Sachs, and has since been offered a full-time position with the firm.
Sierra Brown is now a senior studying human resources management and is using her experiences at Wichita State University to pursue a successful career in her field. She will be graduating in May 2021 and has accepted a full-time position and will start in July 2021 at Goldman Sachs working in human capital management analyst.
“It’s an amazing feeling to be able to receive a job offer from Goldman Sachs,” she said. “Starting out at my internship, I was really nervous and knew it was going to be fast pace, but once I got there, I found the communication was amazing. I got to talk to the vice president as soon as I got there, and I didn’t think I would have access to those people.”
As an intern, Sierra was on the diversity and inclusion team and made a presentation for the chief diversity officer of the company.
“During the summer, I was able to work on the diversity and inclusion team for Goldman Sachs, and it was one of the most diverse groups I have ever worked on.” Brown said.
She is most looking forward to the opportunity to contribute to the company, the creative freedom, flexibility, and being able to utilize the resources that will be offered to her at Goldman Sachs.
She found the human resources-related courses at Wichita State helped her tremendously in her success as an intern. She believes that the information learned in class will translate much better once she’s on the job.
“WSU did an amazing job of teaching me to be a critical thinker and to have the empathy that is needed to understand the issues going on from a human resource related perspective,” she said. “Sometimes I walk into a room with people from Harvard or Stanford, and you can tell they’re sharp and know what they’re talking about, but I feel like I fit right in through the resources offered at WSU.”
She advises students to engage in the opportunities that the university offers through networking events and taking different courses strategically to build up a bigger network and knowledge that you will need in the future. She believes that joining and keeping up with student organizations help build your passion for yourself and others, to be able to speak for those who don’t have the same opportunity.
“Right now, I believe that Wichita State students are in the best place they can be to make a difference through organizations offered and create lifelong relationships,” Brown said.