Each year, our students spend their summers in Washington, D.C., across the nation, and around the world working in corporate, nonprofit, and government organizations. Meet a few of our graduate and undergraduate students in this summer's Internship Spotlight Series.

Hiro Motta (B'21)

Private Equity Intern, Excel Group
Rosslyn, VA

What are you doing this summer?

I'm spending the summer at Excel Group, a Hotel Private Equity firm located in Rosslyn, VA.  I have been actively involved with the acquisition process, underwriting valuation models for hotels as well as conducting market due diligence.  In addition, I've been supporting the asset management team which optimizes the profitability of the properties in Excel Group's portfolio.

How does your internship relate to your professional or personal interests?

I will be working in investment banking out of college, and this internship has offered me great exposure to working with business deals and understanding the valuation process as a whole.  Talking to management at Excel Group and participating in meetings with various companies within the financial services realm has also been valuable - even the exposure to business lingo has been beneficial especially as someone who just finished his sophomore year.  Hotels were always cool to me growing up so this intersection between a childhood interest of mine and professional ambition has been perfect.

How did you find the internship?

Excel Group has had numerous Georgetown interns in the past and recruit using the Handshake platform.  Located in Rosslyn, it's a great spot for Georgetown students.

What's the most interesting or impactful thing you've done so far, or are working on now?

Aside from the property visits which are an interesting element of real estate in general, seeing my work being applied to the firm's analysis process has been rewarding.  The internship requires me to think critically using the foundation of knowledge I've developed through the McDonough curriculum, and management here is great about providing feedback and truly using the interns' input. 

What else should we know?

I've really learned to prioritize the culture of the firm when considering career opportunities.  I think Excel Group has an excellent culture especially for an intern, and it's made the summer one that both fosters my learning but also genuinely fun.