Investment Banking Certificate – Aggies On Wall Street – Overview
Aggies on Wall Street (AOWS) is a flagship high-impact program of the Department of Finance that provides high-achieving students with superior access to opportunities in the very competitive investment banking and asset management industries. The mission of AOWS is to offer its students the best possible learning experience to assist them in obtaining a position and being successful as analysts at top firms, preferably in New York.
Careers in investment banking and asset management are both very demanding and very rewarding. Students who pursue this path are likely to benefit from the following:
- A challenging and exciting work environment
- Outstanding learning opportunities
- Team-oriented work
- Early responsibilities and exposure to senior professionals
- Very high compensation
- Attractive exit opportunities
In order to achieve its mission, AOWS selects a small quality group of students at the beginning of their sophomore year or, for those in the MSF program, at the beginning of their junior year, and focuses most of its efforts on preparing them academically and beyond to obtain a relevant internship during their last summer before graduation. Prior to AOWS 2017, students were often selected for the program later in their studies. However, this model made it almost impossible for students to get internships on Wall Street between their junior and senior year that would lead to full-time job offers. Not only did the admission period change, but the coursework was restructured to better prepare students for the internship interviews that will begin shortly after the trip to New York. Students enrolled in the Master of Finance Program (who are completing undergraduate degrees in non-finance majors) may also be admitted to the program and will graduate at the same time as the other students.
By the time AOWS students apply to potential employers, they will have successfully completed a battery of rigorous finance and accounting classes and honed their resume writing and interviewing skills.
In the spring AOWS students seriously interested in beginning their careers in New York may apply to take FINC 466/666 which includes a unique 2-week trip to New York meeting a large number of Wall Street professionals at leading firms.
Over the past 20 years, Aggies on Wall Street has built a unique network of former students and friends on Wall Street who are wonderful allies and potential mentors to the program’s students. It is expected that AOWS’s current students will become great ambassadors of the program and Mays Business School and that they will turn into mentors to new generations of Aggies on Wall Street students.
Students of the program will eventually compete with the nations best and brightest for internships and full time jobs. Students interested by Aggies on Wall Street should seek to answer the following questions in earnest before applying:
- Is this type of career (fast-paced, demanding, competitive, etc.) a fit with my personality and aspirations?
- Do I have a strong analytic mind, am I intellectually curious and do I pay attention to details when necessary?
- Am I ready to invest significant time and efforts in and outside of the classroom to best prepare myself for the interview season taking place in the fall of my junior year?
Please contact Lauren Welford, AOWS Program Coordinator and Academic Advisor, for general information on AOWS: email@example.com