Jay Patel - Northwestern University, Class of 2021

Jay Patel - Northwestern University, Class of 2021

Intern Spotlight: Jay Patel

Jay is a rising junior at Northwestern University majoring in economics and minoring in data science with a certificate in managerial analytics from the Kellogg School of Management. Originally from Skokie, Il, Jay spent the spring and summer interning with NGP.

“Jay was such a great intern in the spring that we invited him back for another quarter this past summer. Although he is only halfway through undergrad, Jay’s curiosity and motivation to learn enabled him to jump right into projects and make valuable contributions. As importantly, Jay's positive and can-do attitude means he boosts the culture of any team he is on. We are grateful to have had Jay on our team these past quarters.” - Drew Daum, EIR

Tell us about some of the work you’ve done this summer.

I was lucky enough to be able to intern here from April through August, and as a result I was able to witness almost the entirety of the deal process. From searching for companies in various industries to participating in the deal diligence process—having the opportunity to contribute was amazing. I was able to formulate assessments of potential acquisitions and also researched and presented viable industries to a board of investors based on market trends and alignment with firm initiatives. I authored a market analysis and growth opportunities section for an investment memorandum and constructed and analyzed financial models for active deals.

What you have you most enjoyed?

It’s been amazing working alongside Drew and getting my feet wet in finance. I enjoy analyzing the businesses from an entrepreneurial point of view and asking questions such as: How do I help them grow? How can improvements be made in how the business functions? What is the customer's point of view? Why does the industry favor this business?

Any skills you’ve gained or unique takeaways?

In addition to hard skills gained related to Microsoft Office and modeling, I’ve gained a great deal of skills related to professional communication, teamwork, adaptability and time-management—all which translate well to both the classroom and future employment opportunities.

What are your next steps?

I’m hoping to pursue a career in management or strategy consulting.