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Episode 162: Taking 'The Next Step'

BJ Carter and Drew Jauron of Cambridge

“As an aspiring leader – someone who wants to create a culture like this -- having this experience and being on the ground level gives me a really strong background to move forward.” – Drew Jauron

From associates, to financial professionals, to our extended Cambridge family, Cambridge takes great pride in making a difference in the lives of others. This holds true for our 11th class of The Next Step® interns, through a program that helps students learn about the financial services industry, and allows Cambridge to tap into the next generation of talent. This summer, Cambridge welcomed 30 student interns to the firm’s Fairfield, Iowa, and Phoenix, Arizona offices for a summer of learning, mentorship, and fun.

Drew Jauron is an intern with Cambridge’s Project Management Team, and current University of Iowa student. He is studying management and economics, and says he wanted to expand his horizon in the world of finance as an aspiring leader. Drew shares what it’s like to be part of the Cambridge culture. From his day-to-day work, to volunteering in the community, to an unexpected encounter with Cambridge’s founder Eric Schwartz, Drew is experiencing all the program has to offer. As a student-athlete, when he’s not studying during the school year, he can be found leading Hawkeye fans as a member of the Iowa Cheerleaders. Drew says he is enjoying the opportunity to grow and meet new people.

BJ Carter, Human Resources Generalist and coordinator of The Next Step Program, explained that this year’s class of interns is the largest to date. Each year Cambridge receives hundreds of applications from students across the country. BJ shares how the goal of the program is to offer students a path into the financial services industry while providing experiences they can continue to leverage throughout their professional careers. These include lunch and learns, educational courses, opportunities to interact and network with leadership members, and the ability to volunteer within the local community.

Don’t miss Episode 162: Taking 'The Next Step', to learn:

  • How The Next Step program came to be and how it has evolved

  • What students can expect throughout their internship experience

  • Drew’s favorite part of his journey with Cambridge

  • What advice BJ offers for any students searching for an internship

Don’t miss this special episode of Cambridge Stronger!

Interested in The Next Step program? Click here to learn how to apply.

BJ Carter of Cambridge

BJ Carter is a Generalist on the Human Resources team at Cambridge. Prior to coming to Cambridge, she started her career in collegiate athletics as a Graduate Assistant at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida where she completed her dual Masters in Business Administration and Sports Management. After graduate school, she returned to her undergrad at Iowa Wesleyan University to be the Head Volleyball Coach and serve as the Assistant Athletic Director and Compliance Officer. BJ was able to tap into her prior experience recruiting, coaching, and ensuring compliance of policy as she joined the Human Resources team at Cambridge. She joined Cambridge in 2019 and has gotten the opportunity to support the Business Development and Marketing teams. She also spent some time running the HR Consulting offering and now oversees the company’s internship program. In her free time, she enjoys building in her woodshop, spending time with her husband, Grant and her dog, Kenzie, and she coaches high school volleyball.

Drew Jauron of Cambridge

Drew Jauron was raised in Grimes, Iowa, just outside of Des Moines, where he attended Johnston High School. He graduated in 2020, and began at the University of Iowa in the fall of that year. Drew is a student in the Tippie College of Business, with majors in management and economics, and certificates in sustainability and leadership studies. He is also a captain of the cheerleading team at Iowa, and performs on the sidelines of Hawkeye sporting events all year round. This summer, Drew was the project management intern at Cambridge Investment Research, where he helped coordinate Cambridge technology projects within the project management team. Drew will be entering his junior year, and post-graduation hopes to find a career combining his interests in enthusiastic leadership, entrepreneurship, and sustainability, with the ultimate goal of helping others have memorable and passionate experiences.

About Cambridge Stronger

Integrity, commitment, flexibility, and kindness are at the core of Cambridge’s values and drive the Spirit of Cambridge. Join our host, Cambridge CEO Amy Webber, for each Cambridge Stronger episode as she invites independent financial professionals to offer insight on how they integrate values and purpose in their care for their investing clients; and hear their stories on how they got their start as well as why they are in the advice profession. 

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