Past Interns

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Conner Kolesides

Conner got his BA in Economics from George Mason University and is a Full-Time MBA Candidate at The College of William and Mary.

He is interested in Business Analytics, Financing, and Pricing.

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Sam Lily

Sam is studying finance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Post-graduation Sam hopes to be working in Venture Capital or another field where he can help foster entrepreneurship.

Sam said, "My experience at Sterling Financial helped me grow in my understanding of finance and client relations. It was a great opportunity that I cannot recommend enough".

Ryan Baker

Ryan attends the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario

He is a treasurer for the Rondeau Yacht Club (nonprofit). He also has previously worked as an accountant at BDO and plans to work at BDO for the summer in Mergens and acquisitions/Valuation Advisory.

Ryan loves to sail, windsurf, play piano, and ski in his free time.

Liam Gagnon

Liam is at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill working towards a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and Statistical Analytics.

He launched his own e-commerce business selling merchandise ranging from toys and collectibles to food products. He is also a member of the Investment Bootcamp and Consulting Club at UNC.

Liam is a competitive varsity tennis player and captain of his team. He has also volunteered at The International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island. Liam has been able to be involved in a non-profit organization called Racquets for Research as a Youth Board Director for a local tennis tournament aimed at raising ovarian cancer awareness.

Grant Smith

Grant has a B.A. in Economics from The University of Virginia.

Previously he held the position of Sales Operations Intern at Equinix.

Some activities that Grant enjoys doing are snowboarding, fishing, and hiking. He also enjoys volunteering at his local SPCA. A fun fact about Grant is that he has lived on both the east and the west coast

Sasha Pasmanik

Sasha is currently studying Computer Science and Finance at the University of Virginia and will be graduating in 2025.

Previously he held an internship at Capital One where he worked on a case study that provided financial support to small businesses in underserved communities.

Shasha enjoys playing soccer and piano. His favorite soccer player is Lionel Messi.

Ethan Burke

Ethan is currently studying at the George Mason School of Business for a B.S. in financial planning.

His hobbies include programming, working out, and chess. A fun fact about Ethan is that his favorite food is garlic shrimp pasta.

Alex Wei

Alex is going into his second year at the University of Virginia and is intending to double major in finance and math.

He is part of TAMID, an investment and consulting club at UVA.

Alex's other interests include debate, philosophy, and chess.


Chris Carawan

Chris studied Entrepreneurship at Liberty University and graduated in May of 2022.

A previous internship that Chris held was for the Liberty Student Asset Management Fund (SAM). During his time with SAM, he learned how to fully understand where a company and its stock stands, and whether it is worth buying or not through industry research, financial analysis, and valuation. 

Some things that Chris enjoys doing are playing basketball and skating.