Jake Dreier '16

Internship: Goldman Sachs

Yale SOM’s integrated curriculum helped me take a broader view. The curriculum breaks down silos, so you don’t think about issues in isolation.

After spending six years in education, I realized that the problems I was dealing with were a lot bigger and more nuanced than I had ever imagined. I also realized that my understanding of them—and of the larger world—was also limited.

Yale SOM’s integrated curriculum helped me take a broader view. The curriculum breaks down silos, so you don’t think about issues in isolation. You examine all aspects of a problem and how they impact each other. You might be in your Customer class and suddenly find yourself thinking about finance in a new way. The connectedness of things becomes apparent.

It helped me realize that I wanted to better understand the societal issues I saw in education. For me, this meant pursuing an internship in finance. At first, I didn’t think it was possible to transition from education into finance, but Yale SOM saw my non-traditional background as an asset, and recruiters took me seriously. SOM’s reputation and the quality of the students who preceded me helped, too.

The class that most prepared me for my internship was The Future of Global Finance with Professor Jeffrey Garten. In finance, I always thought there was only one direction to go on an issue, and you’re either right or you’re wrong. But the class made me realize there isn’t a single right answer. There are thousands of different possibilities. You have to be able to pull a thousand different levers and piece together an approach. It’s all about process, and the way you need to think about the world. 

Interviewed on September 30, 2015.

Jake Dreier

Internship: Goldman Sachs