Activities at Stonehill
Varsity Football, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Life Skills
Sector Specialist, Fidelity Investments
Advice for incoming Stonehill students
Don’t waste time! The world is very competitive and you need internships to compete for full-time jobs. Start freshman year by introducing yourself to Career Services.
Dan Monaco, ’06, was interested in a career in business. But he wasn’t looking for an all-business education – he wanted a well-rounded experience, including liberal arts courses. When he visited Stonehill after receiving football recruitment letters, something told him he’d found the right place.
“It felt like home,” he says. “Like I was supposed to be there.”
As a college athlete, Dan quickly learned to juggle multiple priorities. “It was one of the most challenging things I’ve done – but it helped me develop as a person,” he says. “It teaches you how to overcome barriers.”
The determination he learned by balancing the football field with the college classroom also helped Dan carve out a career path. He sought a position in finance, specifically a Boston-based equity research position – a Wall Street role more commonly found in New York. He began by asking a favorite professor for advice.
“He helped me make improvements in my studies,” he says. “But he also gave me personal advice: He said, ‘Come up with a vision for what you want your life to look like, and bend the world around it.’”
Dan became the first Stonehill student accepted to Goldman Sachs’ competitive internship program – an opportunity made possible through a Stonehill alumnus who worked in recruiting for the firm. He also completed internships at Merrill Lynch, where he worked with another Stonehill alumnus, and at Investors Bank & Trust.
Now working for Fidelity Investments thanks to these opportunities, Dan is giving back to Stonehill by helping current students find their own. In addition to speaking on campus, Dan has helped create the Stonehill College Investment Finance Initiative, providing investment skills training – such as researching companies and financial modeling – to give students a leg up in competitive job interviews. And he encouraged Fidelity to begin recruiting on campus. He believes that having more Stonehill alumni in the industry can only be beneficial.
“Stonehill doesn’t just train future doctors, lawyers and businesspeople – it develops well-rounded people who think critically about themselves and how they impact the world,” he says. “Wall Street needs that kind of balanced leadership.”