June 26, 2017
Aiken, S.C. - Savannah River Remediation (SRR) intern Adetola “Tola” Akinnubi, a finance major, wants to help the community increase their livelihood through investment banking.
Akinnubi, a junior at Georgia State University, is interning in the Risk Management area.
Growing up in Albany, Georgia, Akinnubi’s parents taught her the importance of hard work and higher education. Those values were instilled into her at a young age. Akinnubi has also learned the importance of living a life of balance.
“I have a strong love for working, but volunteering is my first love,” she said.
She was 12 years old when she discovered her love for helping other people. “Volunteering has always been a passion of mine, and I want to help close the gap between the advantaged and the disadvantaged,” Akinnubi said.
At a young age, Akinnubi wondered how the wealthy keeps getting wealthier. The concept didn’t bother her, but she wanted to know why more people don’t invest. She was led to three conclusions: 1) People in middle class either don’t know how to invest; 2) They don’t have enough time to research; or 3) They assume they don’t have enough money.
Akinnubi wants to close the gap between the middle class and the upper class by creating her own investment company to help teach middle class citizens how to invest their money and to make a profit.
“People are often discouraged because of their income but they just need help in finding the right outlet,” Akinnubi said. “I’d like to cater to people with no prior knowledge of investment banking by hosting workshops in areas that teach people to put their money to work.”
Akinnubi’s internship at SRR in Risk Management will provide her with real-world experience in the corporate world, and teach her how to manage risks more efficiently by performing risk analyses. These skills will come in handy in her everyday life and in a future career in investment banking.
Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration in Finance at Emory University.
SRR is the liquid waste contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site. SRR is composed of a team of companies led by AECOM with partners Bechtel National, CH2M, and BWX Technologies. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, Atkins, and AECOM N&E Technical Services.