This year's average Goldman Sachs intern is willing to pay $8.50 for avocado toast

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  • Goldman Sachs surveys its summer interns globally every year.
  • This year’s results cover areas as varied as their ambitions and their spending habits.

Former US President Barack Obama is the most admired figure among this year’s global class of Goldman Sachs interns.

Each year, the investment bank surveys its summer interns on topics as varied as their ambitions and their spending habits. Seventy-six per cent of the 3,162 summer analysts and associates who interned at Goldman worldwide this summer responded to the questionnaire. Goldman published the results on Wednesday.

One of the more frivolous results indicated that the interns were willing to pay $US6 ($AU8.50) on average for avocado toast, the popular millennial brunch dish.

Obama was the most popular choice as a role model, followed by Sheryl Sandberg, Nelson Mandela, and Steve Jobs.

Fifty-three per cent of the 2018 class thought artificial intelligence would be the biggest driver of change over the next 10 years, followed by climate change and resource scarcity. Sixty-five per cent thought cryptocurrencies would become more prevalent over the next decade.

Half the interns said their life goal was to become CEO, while 28% aspired to becoming an entrepreneur.

Just 6% of respondents said they used cash to pay for things, with 82% using credit or debit cards and 11% using mobile methods such as Apple Pay or Android Pay.

Goldman’s 2018 intern class was drawn from nearly 500 universities. Nearly half were women and more than 40% were STEM majors. Two international figure-skating champions and a certified sommelier were among those who participated in the 10-week program.

Scroll down to see Goldman’s presentation on this year’s internship class:


Goldman SachsThe makeup of Goldman’s 2018 intern class.

Goldman SachsThe smartphone preferences of Goldman’s intern class.

Goldman SachsThe interns’ spending habits.

Goldman SachsThe life ambitions of the 2018 class.

Goldman SachsMost interns thought they’d work for fewer than five companies in their lifetime.

Goldman SachsHalf of Goldman interns hoped to one day become CEO.

Goldman SachsWho they work with was a high priority for Goldman interns.

Goldman SachsThis year’s interns were optimistic about the future.

Goldman SachsThe Goldman interns were bullish on cryptocurrencies.

Goldman SachsBarack Obama was the most popular role model for 2018 interns.

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