This year's average Goldman Sachs intern is willing to pay $6 for avocado toast and most admires Obama

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Barack ObamaREUTERS/Elizabeth ShafiroffFormer US President Barack Obama.

  • Goldman Sachs surveys its summer interns globally every year.
  • This year's results cover everything from ambitions to 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 annual class of summer interns on everything from their ambitions to their spending habits. Seventy-six percent 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 was the fact that interns globally are willing to pay $6 on average for avocado on toast, the popular millennial brunch dish.

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

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

Fifty percent of interns said their life goal was to become CEO, while 28% aspire to become entrepreneurs.

Just 6% of respondents said they use 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 schools globally. 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.

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