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How Finance Academy Works

Go beyond technical skills. Be ready to lead.

During the academic year, Finance Academy connects student teams with a finance executive to design and execute a corporate finance project. Each team is assigned a coach who meets with them weekly to assist with the style and presentation of their projects.

Students attend industry and professional development workshops and interact with industry experts through round table and open-forum discussions and company visits. The program includes a competition day, when the teams' final project presentations are judged by a panel of finance professionals in the industry and senior School of Management faculty. Winning teams are awarded prizes based on the quality of their analysis and presentations.

Program Features

Students:

  • Gain a better and practical understanding of U.S. and global business practices.
  • Visit companies and network one-on-one with executives and School of Management alumni.
  • Attend industry and professional development workshops on etiquette, conflict resolution, business norms and more.
  • Earn real-world experience and knowledge through coaching sessions with an industry mentor.
  • Collaborate with corporate executives, analyze business problems and gain experience with managerial data modeling.
  • Share new knowledge and present results during competition week.
  • Build job search skills, including presentation, communication, specialized résumé writing and advanced interviewing.

Executives:

  • Showcase your organizations and receive partnership recognition on all promotional materials for Finance Academy.
  • Mentor student teams that design and develop highly analytical projects for your business.
  • Share personal knowledge of the industry through a special workshop topic of your choice.
  • Inspire fresh perspectives and shape tomorrow’s leaders.
  • Introduce students to experiences beyond the classroom.
  • Network with other executives and School of Management faculty and staff.