Features - Alum of the Month

Carla de'Lande

January 2011

London Programme

August 2008 Intake


What and where did you study before your Mountbatten internship?
Before the Mountbatten Internship Programme I was at Hampton University majoring in Finance. I graduated from Hampton University (undergrad) in May 2008.

What made you apply for the
Mountbatten programme?
The thing that attracted me to the Mountbatten Programme was the MBA Programme and the international experience.

Describe your sponsor company and your role within it.
I had two sponsor company; Merrill Lynch and UBS Investment Bank; I was Assistant Accountant Manager at Merrill Lynch and Business Analyst at UBS Investment Bank

What was the highlight/most memorable moment of your working experience during this year?

Overall, working in the financial department within Merrill Lynch and Legal and Compliance within UBS Investment Bank provided me with the resources needed to gain global corporate experience. Not only did I gain strategic insight from experts within the financial industry, but I was fortunate to work with a team of professional individuals from different backgrounds who served as a support system while adding a sense of enjoyment to my daily tasks. This experience will function as the educational foundation I can build upon.

What was the social highlight/most memorable moment during this year?

One of the most memorable moments during my time in the programme was when I travelled to Barcelona with a couple of individual’s I met in the program. It was really fun.

Please share a little wisdom/philosophy that you acquired during your internship

Education is a powerful tool that can unscrew the bolts that try to keep black females from success. The education this program provides enabled me to pursue my keen interest in global corporatism by providing me with the resources needed to gain global corporate experience

If you could change anything about your internship, what would it be?

If I could change anything about the internship it would have to be to learn more about the business entities within the industry. Thus having more of an opportunity to meet with people in the different department to see if what they do would be of an interest to me and my future goals in life.

What happened after completing the year - what did you do next?

After completing my year in London, I went to Bangkok Thailand to complete the second half of the programme; MBA Part II

Where are you now in your working life and what do you do?

I am currently looking for work in the healthcare investment banking industry.
Do you have any future plans that you would like to realise & what are they (career & social)?
I plan to start my career in healthcare investment banking while traveling the world.

Is there any other information that you would like to be included?

I am seeking to transfer my diverse experience; bachelor’s degree in finance while working within the finance industry and my Masters in International Business organization specializing in health care investment banking. I am confident that my combination of practical work, solid educational and extensive client relations experiences will be an immediate asset to this organization. I am highly competent in the areas of project management, multi-tasking, and financial principles. I have excellent interpersonal and leadership skills. Having interned with two leading firms in the investment banking industry, I understand the level of professionalism and communication required for long-term success in this field.