Nicholas Infantino ’19 made a serious investment in his future as a financial planner.

Infantino, a finance major, spent the summer with AYCO, a Goldman Sachs company and financial counseling and investment management service. He worked for AYCO’s Deerfield, Illinois office, right outside of northern Chicago. Infantino learned about this opportunity through a recruiting presentation by Sheri Lyons ’91, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at AYCO; he was encouraged by his family and friends to apply.

During his time, Infantino was a level-two intern and participated in a twelve-week rotational training program designed for entry-level analysts. Through these classes and seminars, Infantino learned about AYCO’s different financial counseling services: employee benefits and compensation, estate planning, investment planning, tax planning, and retirement planning, among others. “These programs were definitely beneficial and eased us into the internship,” says Infantino. “We were able to learn the different services, gain an understanding of what the company does, and meet other interns.”

He spent his remaining time with business focus groups, where he observed calls with clients, developed portfolio presentations, filed tax return, streamlined account consolidation, planned tax preparation, and created multiple tax basis charts. Working with different focus groups helped Infantino, a first year student, discover different aspects of finance he may want to further study at Le Moyne.

Besides learning the work of each division, Infantino gained skills that translate in all areas of life: having a strong work ethic, time-management, organization, and responsibility. AYCO put these skills to the test. “I learned how to be accountable, what it means to be a part of a company culture, and how to best represent that company,” he says.

Making investments in personal relationships, however, was key for Infantino. “I liked being able to work with other people in the office,” he says. “I worked with some really great people. They all cared about the interns and made us a part of their team right away. I actually enjoyed working with our tax group!” At the start of his internship, Infantino was assigned two mentors to guide him through his time at AYCO. “Both of my mentors were great and constantly gave me personal and professional advice,” he says. “I had other people, too, whom I worked with who gave me life and career advice. We had several panels throughout the summer where many professionals within AYCO shared their life stories, career paths, and advice for our future endeavors.”