Learning Finance from the Ground Up

What better way to learn about finance than to do an internship in New York City?  That’s what Nathan Rotich ’14 of Sotik, Kenya, did, through St. Lawrence’s New York City Semester.

“The Semester offers a unique experiential learning opportunity, and I wanted to immerse myself in a dynamic and distinctly diverse metropolis,” Rotich says. “New York is a center of global finance, communications and business, and I wanted to broaden my academic and career horizons by experiencing life there.”

In addition to taking courses, Rotich interned with Permal Group Inc., working closely with its risk management team to review different funds to ensure clients’ compliance with federal regulations.  He also worked on Anti-Money Laundering (AML) updates of funds in Financial Action Task Force (FATF)-regulated countries.

Permal retired executive and St. Lawrence Trustee David Officer ’67 helped Nathan set up the internship. “He also gave me both life- and finance-related advice, something I really appreciated,” Nathan says.  Officer is part of the large Laurentian network that enjoys advising students.

“The Semester helped me nurture my leadership, teamwork and organizational skills,” Nathan says. “The cultural activities, classes and internship enriched my academic career.  My interactions with people also gave a holistic and invaluable aspect to my education, involving insights into finance and general life in the Big Apple.”

The New York City Semester is offered in both fall and spring. Students can concentrate in either finance or the arts. For more, visit