Alumni Chat Series: Breaking into Investment Banking (BNP Paribas) with Julio Contreras

Aaditya Shah

Breaking into Investment Banking (BNP Paribas) with Julio Contreras

Welcome to our Alumni Chat Series. This chat series is designed to address some of the burgeoning finance and investment banking industry questions that students may have and also provide valuable insights into the overall field from industry professionals.

In this segment, we have with us, Julio Contreras. Julio was born and raised in Venezuela and moved to the US at 15 years of age. Double majoring in Economics and Finance at Florida International University, Julio has worked at Santander International Bank as a Private Banking intern and is also an alumnus of the Romero Mentoring Analyst Prep Program.

Julio is currently an incoming Summer Analyst at BNP Paribas and will be joining their Global Credit Markets Division. His interview process at BNP Paribas started with a first round phone call and was followed by a super-day, which included a series of technical and behavioral questions.

To better prepare him for his interview, Julio did his due diligence for BNP Paribas by researching company websites and related news, got mentally accustomed to speaking with a high-profile senior banker, and received advice from Mr. Luis Romero (Founder of Romero Mentoring).

Julio owes a huge part of his success to the projects assigned to him at Romero Research. The projects allowed him to foster his creative brain, advance his technical skills, and improve his communication and presentation skills. Funding the entire program by himself, Julio thinks that the ROI was tremendous as the technical skills and knowledge he developed through Romero Mentoring really helped him secure his internship at BNP Paribas and paved the way for his future endeavors.

Julio advises incoming freshmen and sophomores to always maintain their curiousness, become a voracious reader, and continue learning.

➝ Stay tuned for more in our Alumni Chat Series!

About the Author

Aaditya Shah

Aaditya Shah is an undergraduate student at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School with a double major in economics and finance. He currently serves as a Private Equity Analyst intern at Decatur Road Capital, an Equity Research Analyst intern at Romero Research and community leader at Romero Mentoring. On campus, Aaditya is involved in multiple student club organizations including Emory Entrepreneurship, Venture Management Club and Emory Economic Society. In his free time, he enjoys playing and watching basketball, cooking, and traveling. Aaditya is an Analyst Prep Program, 2020 alum.