2017 Offseason Opportunities: Ryan Jacobsen

The University of Chicago men’s basketball team may be in the middle of their offseason, but that does not mean the guys are not still hard at work. Keep on reading for more information on what the Maroons are up to this summer…

No. 45, Ryan Jacobsen, Summer Analyst at Torreya Partners

A junior from St. Paul, Minnesota, Ryan Jacobsen is working in Manhattan this summer.

“This summer, I’m working as an Investment Banking Summer Analyst at Torreya Partners in Manhattan, New York. Although every day is different depending what projects/deals are going on, a lot of my job is about gathering information on companies and completed deals in the Life Science space. I then put together case profiles by doing some basic valuation work.”

So how did he attain this opportunity?

“I knew I wanted to do Investment Banking and be in NYC, so I pulled a list of about 100 banks in the Manhattan area and emailed someone at each one, asking if they had any internship opportunities. I first tried to reach out to UChicago alumni, and went from there. I got a lot of replies from bankers who said “call back next summer for an internship after junior year,” but I stayed with it, and was lucky enough to land a pretty solid gig.”

What does Jacobsen love most about the job?

“My favorite part of the job so far has been learning more about the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. I still can’t pronounce most of the drug names I see, but it’s really interesting work. We also are going to the Sundance Resort in Utah for a company retreat in July, which is pretty cool to experience as an intern.”

Like a lot of Maroons, the forward feels as though the UChicago network greatly benefitted him in securing his internship.

“Just having the name “University of Chicago” on your resume helps a lot. Being at the No. 3 school in the nation definitely has its benefits if you choose to take advantage of them. Our basketball program also strongly stresses the importance of an internship, and has helped us all find great ones. Over the past two years I was constantly given advice on how to approach the process and what I needed to do to get the opportunities I wanted, which helped a lot.”

And as for staying in shape over the summer?

“I joined the new Lifetime Fitness in Manhattan and go there almost every day after work. They have a summer basketball league as well, so I play in a few organized pickup games on a weekly basis too.”


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