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Trading quality: Roubini intern enjoys prominent placement

27 June 2014

UCL student Jakub Szukalski (BA Economics and Business with East European Studies, second year) was looking for a productive way to spend the months leading into his final year at UCL. So he jumped at the chance of an internship with Roubini Global Economics (RGE) – the research company headed up by the distinguished macro-economist Nouriel Roubini. The partnership proved to be a win-win situation.

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Competitive edge

Aware of the fierce competition in the job market, Jakub was seeking a placement to give his CV the edge. “Internships are very helpful for finding graduate jobs. And I’m interested in the financial industry so I wanted to spend the summer doing something along those lines.”

Having made it through challenging selection rounds, Jakub’s placement was more than he had hoped for. “When the RGE opportunity was offered, I knew instantly I wanted to work there – I knew the firm well and the founder is a very prominent economist, Nouriel Roubini. So I was fascinated. I was delighted when UCL Advances confirmed my placement there,” he said.

Quality work on complex topics

His supervisor at RGE was Brunello Rosa, head of the company’s Western European economics and G10 sovereign rates strategy teams. He was impressed by Jakub’s selfmotivation, “He was knowledgeable from a technical standpoint, both in economics and with Excel and computer skills in general. He was extremely quick in delivering and could work with little supervision,” said Brunello.

Demonstrating a firm grasp on global issues, Jakub turned his hand to producing daily and weekly coverage of economic and political events. Brunello said, “Jakub joined key meetings and contributed to several research pieces on topics including the impacts of Eurozone low growth and the monthly interest rates dashboard. He was very well equipped to research and write on economic issues.”

A valued exchange

Jakub’s high-quality work was a huge help to the team, who knew they could rely on him. Brunello said, “We saved a lot of time producing routine as well as bespoke output. We could trust that Jakub’s work was accurate, which cut the time for final editing and fact checking. We definitely hope to take more UCL interns of the same calibre in future – they do add value.”

Jakub was pleased to see his name in print as a result of his efforts. “Two research pieces that I helped to write were sent to clients via the website and printed in a Spanish newspaper, featuring my name. It’s great to have published work already.”

He feels his internship will shine on his CV, particularly given the standing of the company.

“I improved my technical skills – and I’ll benefit from the prestige of working at Roubini”.
Jakub Szukalski, UCL student