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Rutgers Road to Wall Street Program 2016

Fast-paced, competitive, financially and intellectually rewarding - - all describe a Wall Street career. Landing a job on the Street, however, requires intense focus from the early days of undergraduate life, as the bulk of hiring is completed in the fall of junior year when firms choose candidates for highly coveted summer internships.

Rutgers University undergraduates benefit enormously from the school’s proximity and ties to Wall Street whether it be via part-time internships, networking opportunities, or frequent alumni presentations. But, due to the timing of interviews, individual preparation is critical to gaining a successful role on the Street.

The Rutgers Road to Wall Street Program is designed to boost the preparation skills for a select group of approximately 50 students who demonstrate strong interest in and knowledge of financial markets. For the first time, participation in the program will require completion of a three-credit course taught in the spring term of sophomore year. The participants will also be paired with an alumni mentor currently working on Wall Street who will provide invaluable guidance and networking contacts and will also be asked to grade a portion of his/her coursework during the term. This year’s cohort will consist only of sophomores in order to maximize the training timeline leading up to the critical fall interview season.

Rutgers New Brunswick and Newark undergraduate students with a keen interest in the financial markets and Wall Street careers are encouraged to apply for this exciting program. Application details and program requirements are below.

Contact kevin.cuskley@rutgers.edu for more information.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Road to Wall Street Financial Modeling and Market Analytics Course
    • A mandatory three-credit course designed to provide the technical and market knowledge required for various roles on Wall Street.
  • Alumni Mentor Match
    • Alumni mentors provide instruction and contacts necessary to help students maximize their job search efforts. Mentors range from Associates to Managing Directors. Rutgers Alumni provide a critical resource for Rutgers undergraduates and often lead the candidate selection process at RU for their individual firms.
    • Mentors will also contribute to the grading of a special project required in the Road to Wall Street Course.
  • The Wall Street Seminars
    • Four pre-course seminars focus on the initial steps necessary to prepare for the interview process and include topics such as resume and “story” preparation, networking guidance, market knowledge, and an introduction to technical material covered in the Road to Wall Course in the spring semester.
  • One-on-One Counseling
    • Access to counseling with the Director of The Road Wall Street program provides individual support for job selection, networking, and general interview preparation.

Program Application Requirements:

  • Minimum 3.3 GPA
  • Rising sophomores only, due to the preparation timeline for junior year interviews in the fall of 2017.
  • A strong resume and cover letter articulating your interest in a Wall Street career
  • A strong resume and cover letter articulating your interest in a Wall Street career with reference to one or two of your preferred roles (e.g., investment banking, sales and trading, securities analysis, finance, and operations).
  • All students and majors are encouraged to apply including but not limited to business majors, liberal arts majors, athletes, women, students of color, students with disabilities, and veterans
  • A ranking of your preferences with respect to your preferred role submitted with your application on RaiderNet (to be provided through RaiderNet).

Application Deadline:

  • September 7, 2016: (11:59 pm):

Important Dates:

  • September 14th: Notification of acceptance for interview
  • Saturday October 1st: Interview Date – Alumni Mentors conduct the interviews
  • October 7th: Notification of acceptance into the program
  • October 21st: Fall Wall Street Seminars Begin: Friday Afternoons - 3:00 PM-5:00 PM

Rutgers University Newark Students:

  • Apply through RaiderNet: Job ID# 14726
  • Students must submit a one-page resume, one-page cover letter, and completed industry division preference ranking sheet (found in posting info) to the appropriate RaiderNet Job ID

Rutgers University New Brunswick Students:

Student Testimonials:

“Participating in the Rutgers Road to Wall Street Program is a great way to move ahead of the competition and learn about career opportunities at top firms. Students, like me, have exclusive access to on-campus interviews, various networking events, and vital business contacts. My mentors also contributed to my career development. They encouraged me to create a list of the skills needed to succeed and the professionals that I should to meet. Throughout the program, I reviewed that list periodically and set goals for myself.

Going forward, students who successfully complete the program can also enjoy the pleasure of helping the next group of participants. I strongly urge all interested individuals to give this program your full focus and fully immerse yourself in the program, network with others, and learn about the various career paths in your field. ”

Keith Gorda
Finance, Class of 2014

“The Road to Wall Street Program has impacted my future career plans in an incredible way. Through the access to networking events, employer site visits, and other career development events, I formed a concrete idea of the steps I needed to take to achieve my future goals. One of the most beneficial aspects for me was the mentor relationship formed when I began the program. My relationship with my mentor has allowed me to fully differentiate between the various career path options and lessened my uncertainty about how to get there. My mentor has been a source for advice on all things career-related. This relationship is more valuable because it can be sustained long after the length of the program. Overall, this program has been extremely helpful in developing professional skills and obtaining crucial knowledge for starting a career on Wall Street.”

Nicole Imbriaco
Finance/Business Analytics & Information Technology, Class of 2016

“The Road to Wall Street program is a perfect stepping stone for any student interested in a career on Wall Street. The program offers many different opportunities to students not typically available such as access to top alumni and site visits to some of the largest banks in the world. I believe the most beneficial part of the Road to Wall Street program is the mentoring you receive from alumni. Mentors can be an excellent resource to help students figure out what they want to do with their career and ultimately how to achieve success.”

Eric Lang
Finance,Class of 2014

“The Road to Wall Street Program provided unique insight into the various paths within Wall Street and how to best prepare for the competitive road ahead. The program offered me exclusive access to top firm informational interviews, alumni networking and coveted professional contacts. My mentor provided greater clarity concerning various career areas and professional advice in choosing the “right fit.” His instructional guidance on how to differentiate myself amongst the competition and interview preparation proved highly successful. Overall, the program was instrumental in refining my career goals and creating a stronger personal brand. I highly recommend The Road to Wall Street Program to any student interested in the competitive world of Wall Street.”

Dalia de Leon
Finance, Class of 2015

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For additional information, please contact the respective career services area at askcdc@newark.rutgers.edu (for Newark students) or wallstreetcareers@echo.rutgers.edu (for New Brunswick students).