Vector Wealth Strategies continues to offer leadership development opportunities for college students interested in financial planning. With everything we learned through the global pandemic regarding working remotely, we are excited to expand our intern program this semester to include a virtual offering and welcome two new participants. 

While this may be new territory for Vector and the interns, they have already hit the ground running and are enjoying new learning experiences. VWS spring interns this year are Freed-Hardeman University students Bradley Covert and Ben Painter. Although they are always just a face on the screen, they have been sitting in on client meetings, conducting research and assisting the Vector team this spring. The VWS team invites you to read more about Ben!

Ben Painter

Ben is a junior with a double major in business analytics and finance, while also earning his MBA. Throughout this semester he has sat in on client meetings and gained valuable insight in the field. 

“When I’m not being paid to learn (how awesome is that?), I do some administrative tasks and work on various data-focused projects for the advisors,” Ben said. “We recently have been evaluating whether one of their investment strategies is the most efficient/effective method and researching alternatives.”

Ben has held three internships before working at Vector. When he graduates, he hopes to find a position where he is involved in research and answer difficult questions in the investment field. “This internship is fully virtual; we’re called ‘Zoomterns.’ As I spend time with the team, I’ve learned that financial advising is a special sub-field in that it allows an advisor to deal with complex financial topics, but make them actionable and meaningful for real people,” Ben said

Ben’s love of learning began as a homeschooler, he was homeschooled from kindergarten through 12th grade. Fun fact about Ben is that he admits to having an unhealthy obsession with Siberian huskies.

He credits his education and work experience for giving him a strong curiosity to ask questions and use practical data skills to analyze and answer them. “I’ve greatly enjoyed getting the chance to exercise those skills and hopefully have offered the Vector team some value!” Ben said.