My name is Brandon Brewster and last May I graduated from UAA, majoring in Finance with a minor in Economics. In addition to my academic pursuits, I was also a member of the university’s NCAA ski team. I was born and raised in Anchorage and graduated from South Anchorage High School in 2011.
As I was preparing to graduate last spring, I was unsure about my future career plans. I had considered going to graduate school and earning an MBA, but all of the schools that I talked to told me to work a few years before applying. Last summer I spoke with someone who was a Permanent Fund intern at the time and she really liked it. The opportunity to work in a financial firm was very exciting so I decided to learn more about the program. As I began to look at the different companies that were part of the program, I really liked what I saw in Alaska Permanent Capital Management (APCM). Thankfully, APCM felt the same way and hired me.
Over the summer, I have learned a lot. While my courses at UAA were good at providing the theoretical background to many financial concepts, the academic setting did not always provide great detail of real world applications. However, working at APCM has helped me acquire that practical knowledge. Over the last two months I had the opportunity to work on many projects. These included developing an internal cost/benefit analysis program, creating cash flow statements for private wealth clients, and researching the use of annuities in retirement accounts. I was also tasked with creating a PowerPoint presentation explaining exchange-traded funds that could be used in educating clients and staff members even after my internship is over.
Working at APCM has been a great experience and I really appreciate the opportunity. I am currently looking for a new job and while I have not found anything yet, I know that the experience that I gained this summer will serve me well wherever I end up.
Brandon Brewster interned at APCM this summer as part of the internship program sponsored by the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation. For more information on the program click here.