Originally from Bucks County, Pa., Matt McDermott was attracted to the University of Richmond “because of its promise and rising reputation as the 15th best business school in the country.”

The Robins School has provided a wide breadth of opportunities for Matt.  From day one of his freshman year he went straight to the business school and took a part-time job in the Executive Education Office.  He then went on to participate in the first annual business plan competition that spring and was the only first-year student named finalist out of 16 teams.

In addition to his studies and work here on campus, Matt has gone abroad, studying in Galway, Ireland. “As a dual citizen of the United States and Ireland, I had an incredible time exploring my ‘home’ country and the rest of Europe,” recalls Matt. With all of this, Matt still finds time to participate as a member of the Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) and act as the sole liaison to the Business Management Committee of the University’s Board of Trustees. Not only that, but Matt also actively serves and supports the School and the University in its efforts in career programs and recruiting strategy.

All this alone would be enough to impress, but this is only the tip of the iceberg. Matt has been just as active outside the University and recently completed an eight-week spring internship program at KPMG in downtown Richmond where he worked 20 hours per week supporting the Federal Tax Group.

Matt states, “I had the opportunity to experience the ‘busy season’ environment and work with many local clients throughout the greater Richmond area, including the completion of a strategic project for a leading global private equity firm. I had a wonderful experience doing meaningful work at KPMG and was able to maintain a balance between my curriculum and other activities despite the difficulties of completing full-time work in part-time hours. Time management is something I learned well in high school while I was enrolled in an EMT course for four hours a day, six days a week on top of my coursework and a demanding lacrosse schedule.” Those same time management skills have served Matt well as he has progressed through his time and experiences in and around the University.

Having just come off the spring internship, Matt is now participating in an M&A Boot Camp Program at Harris Williams & Co. in Richmond. “The program should prove to be an incredible first-hand experience and overview of the entire sell-side M&A pitch process, as I contend with the other candidates throughout the development and progression of a ‘live-deal,’” says Matt. 

After Boot Camp, Matt is then off to Manhattan for the summer and will be interning in the investment banking division at Jefferies & Co. For Matt, this as an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge learned from the Boot Camp Program at HW & Co. to his summer analyst experience at Jefferies. 

So after all of this, what does Matt do in his “down time?” “I have been a certified Emergency Medical Technician since the age of 16 and currently serve with the student-run UREMS organization on campus.  I have previous internship experience in the Hedge Fund Group at Bloomberg LP and the Financial Institutions Group at an affiliate of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.  I also participated in the Deloitte National Leadership Conference last summer in Scottsdale, Arizona.  I like to play lacrosse, play guitar, and am currently training for the McDonald’s half-marathon next November with the eventual goal of running the full course after graduation.”

Matt McDermott. Making the most of opportunities.