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Financial Services Fellowship 2018

The Financial Services Fellowship is a prestigious award that gives students who are interested in financial services a hands-on experience through an intensive trip to New York City during spring break.  Students will meet with people representing a wide range of roles in this industry, including journalists, sales and trading analysts, investment professionals, hedge fund managers, financial analysts and more.  All expenses are paid through the generosity of a Reed trustee.

Financial Services Fellows in New York City

8 - 10 sophomores will have the opportunity to meet alumni and financial leaders. The trip will include

  • business dinners with alumni and trustees of the College;
  • an opportunity to shadow professionals in the workplace and get a sense of day-to-day operations and discuss specific jobs and careers in the field;
  • a tour of a trading floor;
  • one-one-one meetings with financial services professionals.

Take-aways from Reedies that participated in the Financial Services Fellowship:

"I encourage all eligible students to apply to the Financial Services Fellowship next year, so they can explore the industry firsthand and form their own opinions. During the Fellowship, you will learn an incredible amount in an incredibly short period of time, and meet some of the most interesting and diverse financial leaders."

- Sanjeev Verma '15, Philosophy

Sarah Brauner '16, Economics/Mathematics shares her experience of the Financial Services Fellowship on the Works and Days blog; read and learn why she urges Reedies to "partake in this Reed-sponsored journey to what might not actually be the 'dark side'."

"In all, taking part in the Reed Financial Service trip was one of my best professional decisions. I can’t say that I conclusively answered all the questions I set out with, but I gained enough knowledge to start to think of the next step in my many steps towards a career path. And the ability to make this realization is an opportunity any Reedie who is even slightly nursing the idea of a career in finance should not miss out on."

- Emmanuel Enemchukwu '16, Economics

Candidates must be currently enrolled at Reed with sophomore standing. Those applications that demonstrate strong analytical skills will be favored, although mathematics and quantitative courses are not required; in fact, one of the objectives of the program is to expose students from all disciplines to the wide variety of roles in the financial services industry.

To Apply

The 2018 Financial Services Fellowship program will be announced in early October - stay tuned, dates will be announced by CLBR newsletter and on this page. FSF is a prestigious annual Fellowship is awarded to 8 - 10 sophomores who are interested in exploring a wide range of careers. Fellows travel (all expenses paid) to NYC during spring break 2018. They will meet people in a range of roles in industry, including analysts, investment professionals, hedge fund managers, journalists, and more, including alumni and business leaders. The NY trip includes business dinners, site visits, an opportunity to shadow professionals at work, and a chance to talk about specific jobs and careers.
All expenses (flight, hotel, transportation) are paid through the generosity of a Reed trustee.
Who should apply? Sophomores. Must be able to commit to the following dates: 
  • Jan 15 - 17, 2018 (mandatory 3-day course "Understanding Capital Markets" during Paideia)
  • March 11 - 16, 2018 (NYC trip during Reed's spring break)
DEADLINE to apply: October 9 - November 12.  

How to Apply (applications to open in mid-September)

To apply for the Reed Financial Services Fellowship:
1) Upload your resume in your Griffin Door profile > document tab
2) Write a cover letter/essay answering the following question(s) in a paragraph each: (REQUIRED) What do you hope to gain from this experience?
(CHOOSE ONE): 
- What are you curious about/interested in learning about financial markets, investing, financial literacy, currency, etc.?
- What is your overall GPA and does it reflect your academic success accurately?
- What courses have you taken where you have enhanced your analytical skills?
3) Apply to the the Financial Services Fellowship in Griffin Door
Good luck!
Questions? beyondreed@reed.edu

Review & Notification

November 13 - 30, top candidates will be selected for a telephone interview with selection committee members. Fellows will be announced by early December.

Responsibilities

Fellows will engage in a variety of pre-trip activities during spring semester, including a three–morning Paideia course on understanding capital markets.

Express Advising and Drop-In Hours 

Express Advising w/ Peer Career Advisors

Mondays, 6pm-8pm, LIB 203
Tuesdays, 3pm-5pm, Prexy
Wednesdays, 2:30pm-4:30pm, Prexy
Thursdays, 3pm-5pm, Prexy
Fridays, 2pm-4pm, Prexy
Sundays, 6pm-8pm, GCC-A

There will be no Express Advising Wed 11/22 - Sun 11/26.

Drop-In Hours w/ CLBR Staff
Tuesdays, 12pm-1:30pm, Commons (Fellowships Q&A)
Wednesdays, 11:30am-1:30pm, MRC
Thursdays, 11:30am-1:30pm, Commons
Fridays, 11:30am-1:30pm, Commons

There will be no drop-in hours 11/22 - 11/24.

Note: Please check the announcements on your homepage in Griffin Door for any possible updates or cancellations.


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