“The internships and research opportunities I established through EPPS proved to be a great benefit when applying for jobs.”
Home: Dallas, Texas
UT Dallas Degree: BA - Political Science
Profession: Financial Advisor, ALM First Financial Advisors
As a financial advisor, I manage the partnerships with 45 of our clients, providing interest-rate risk reports, staff training, and balance sheet advice. My team of analysts also performs all merger analyses and report validations for the firm.
The Value of My Degree
The internships and research opportunities I established through EPPS proved to be a great benefit when applying for jobs. Also, the great curriculum and the professors in the school advanced my studies and provided me with a valuable degree.
My EPPS Success
My time at UT Dallas included being a 2004 McDermott Scholar, part of the Collegium V Honors program, and part of the Fall 2006 Archer Fellows class in Washington, D.C. I wasn’t always a political science major, though. During the summer after my first year at UT Dallas, I worked for Los Alamos National Laboratory programming for the Theoretical Department of Computational Astrophysics. My interests eventually led me to EPPS, which led to a summer internship at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas where my interest in the connections between economics and politics developed. As such, my senior thesis focused on the interaction between national economic and political cycles in the United States over the last 200 years. I presented this paper at the Southwestern Political Science Association’s 2008 conference.
Outside of my major, I spent a summer studying German at the Goethe Institute in Frankfurt, and served as editor of the UT Dallas literary journal A Modest Proposal. I was also a four-year member of UT Dallas’ Destination Imagination team and was involved with the Student Ambassadors and Student Government. I graduated summa cum laude with a BA in political science and a minor in economics.
Advice for EPPS Students
My advice for EPPS students would be to take advantage of the knowledge and connections of your professors. One of my summer internships and my involvement with a local political campaign were both experiences directly related to my classes. Connections like these can lead to great opportunities in the future, especially in the work place.
I am a political junkie who also enjoys frisbee, board games, and photography.
Benedict Voit was selected to give the commencement address in 2008 at graduation. You can read his address to the graduates here.
Posted December 2012