March 15, 2016

For immediate release

Contact: Esther Watstein

Housatonic Community College Student Interning at NY Brokerage Company

Bridgeport, CT - Suriel Herrera-Bustos is a full-time HCC Accounting student, except that three days a week he’s working at his desk on 45th Street in New York City at Auerbach Grayson Co. (AGCO).

Through its worldwide network of broker partners, Auerbach Grayson offers research, execution and clearance in equities, derivatives and fixed-income instruments.

Herrera-Bustos heard about AGCO through a family friend and, encouraged by his professors at HCC, successfully applied for an internship at the company. Three days a week, Herrera-Bustos trains into the city and works as a researcher for the company.

“We get reports from our partners around the world and make them relatable for American readers. I enjoy working with the material from other countries and find it interesting to get this first-hand, international information on equities.”
Herrera-Bustos works with 4 other interns and 2 supervisors in the Research Department.

Professor Pamela Pirog, HCC Accounting Professor says, “This is such a great opportunity for Suriel. He sees how what he is learning in the classroom applies to the real world. He is earning full credit for his work, and is receiving payment besides! This internship is a concrete expression of worth for Suriel and validates and expands his work at school. This is the kind of experience that makes him a more knowledgeable student and increases his value in the working world. ”

Kevin Keefe, Suriel’s boss at AGCO adds that Suriel is an excellent employee, “He’s a hard worker and this isn’t easy. Our interns have to be comfortable talking with the best and brightest, and become team players. They also have to work with material at the highest level of confidence.  Suriel is proving himself to be valuable to the firm…he is terrific.”

AGCO employs 6 interns in the ongoing program. Keefe is the dedicated, year-round coordinator for the internship program. He added that the interns do everything, they have real responsibilities. “We welcome their ideas and it’s wonderful to see how they grow as they become more comfortable with the job.” Keefe added that Herrera-Bustos is the first community college student to intern at AGCO and so far, he has excelled.

Herrera-Bustos will graduate from HCC this May and plans to continue his education to earn his Bachelor degree. He adds, “I’d like to continue my job in the City. Hopefully I can make it all work out.”