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In 2021, Walle secured a career-making internship within the global investment management firm’s U.S. Intermediaries (USI) Department at its Baltimore headquarters.
“The internship was very intentional and structured — and definitely contributed to where I am now,” Walle said. “We gained exposure to all of the different parts of USI, were involved in day-to-day department meetings, delivered presentations every week to elevate our skills and did project work that mirrored what real industry professionals do.”
One year later, T. Rowe Price offered Walle her current full-time position as an intermediary sales associate. In her role, she supports the firm’s internal and external consultants through such operational and administrative tasks as setting up meetings, preparing briefing kits for portfolio specialists and running Morningstar reports to show clients how T. Rowe Price’s portfolio compares with competitors.
Her job demands that she is always organized, detail-oriented and quick. “The faster we get stuff done, the more efficiently our teams run,” she said.
Luckily for her, Walle is no stranger to thinking on her feet. The former competitive tennis player trained rigorously around the world with coaches who instilled in her the values of discipline, structure and professionalism — principles that she has put to good use in her finance career.
“You can be competitive in a way that helps others,” Walle said. “Here, we lift each other up. We push each other to do better.”
While Walle’s role as an intermediary sales associate does not directly involve coding or building tech products, her work exemplifies the essential role that technology plays in today’s financial industry landscape, as well as how crucial it is for companies like T. Rowe Price to stay competitive.
“The market is constantly changing,” Walle said. “Having the right digital platforms — like Seismic, Tableau and Salesforce — allows us to aggregate, analyze and access data that drives better results for our clients. Technology is the foundation for what we are able to do.”
Still very new to the industry and the workforce in general, Walle knows she has a lot to learn and welcomes each challenge. Her immediate goals are to build confidence and work more independently, with future dreams of becoming a regional investment consultant who works in the field face-to-face with clients.
For students and recent grads eager to work for a global firm like T. Rowe Price, Walle’s advice is to look at an internship as an opportunity to “show them what you’ve got.”
“They want to see you’re driven and motivated. So, show them.”
We think her father should be very proud.
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