Redshirt senior quarterback Quentin Harris has been on the move this summer, from working in New York City to participating in the Manning Passing Academy in Louisiana. The Wilton, Conn., native reflected on the experiences gained in his own words.
This summer has proved to be an eventful one for me, to say the least. After the spring semester ended, I traveled home to the Northeast to spend the month of May interning in sales and trading at JPMorgan Chase in New York City. I was mainly on the credit and commodities floors.
Around the same time that I began there, I also officially received my invitation to the prestigious Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux, Louisiana. The annual event features some of the top collegiate quarterbacks from around the nation.
Both of these opportunities were afforded to me by being a member of the extensive, and inclusive, Duke community.
Two years ago, I attended a JPMorgan Chase information session for Duke student-athletes arranged by the Duke Athletics Academic Support Staff. At this meeting I was able to meet Duke alumni working at JPMorgan Chase in a variety of occupations within finance.
I was able to gain first hand insight into their day-to-day responsibilities and whittle down which profession in finance best fit my interests and skill set.
Over the following year, I kept in contact with the individuals I met at this information session, reiterating my interest for a career within finance while expressing some concern over being unable to complete a traditional 10-week internship program, given my rigorous offseason schedule as a member of the Duke football team.
Thankfully, the contacts I made at JPMorgan Chase were very understanding of my commitment to the football team and we were able to arrange a four-week internship program for me to gain real hands-on experience.
The past two summers, I’ve spent May interning within sales and trading in New York City at JPMorgan Chase, splitting time between the credit and precious metals desks. This opportunity was the direct result of maximizing the connections within the extensive Duke alumni network as a Blue Devil student-athlete.
At the end of June, I attended the prestigious Manning Passing Academy and was able to represent Duke University. I had the privilege of working alongside some of the best coaches and college quarterbacks in the nation. Over the course of the weekend, I was a camp counselor for the more than 1,200 campers in attendance, coaching them through quarterback drills I have learned over my time at Duke.
I leaned heavily on the teachings and drills that have been instilled in me by the Duke coaching staff and Coach Cutcliffe. My experience also gave me some insight into how difficult coaching can be at times, communicating with your players and getting them to execute drills as you envision it being done; It taught me the importance of effective communication between a coach and his players.
In addition to my duties as a camp counselor, I also participated in workouts led by the Manning brothers (Peyton & Eli, both Super Bowl MVPs), along with other top quarterbacks from colleges around the nation.
I was able to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime experience, mentoring younger quarterbacks and training with other top players in the nation because of my position on the Duke football team.
I cannot wait for the season to get started and begin my final year as a Blue Devil.