Finance Practicum


The Finance Practicum provides students first-hand knowledge of the following fields: business analysis, credit analysis, financial analysis, investment banking, commercial real estate, and private equity & venture capital. Students will learn about financial markets, accounting, financial software, valuation, cash flow analysis, business networking, and more. Students will have first-hand experience working at financial institutions, investments firms, and others.

The Finance & Banking Practicum is a semester-long experience, requiring enrollment in SOSC 445 in either the fall or spring semester.

Eligibility & Application Process

  • Must have a declared major within the School of Social Sciences, and have completed nine credit hours in the declared major. If a student has not yet declared a major in Social Sciences, they may apply to the Gateway Program before doing so, however, final approval is not possible until the relevant major is officially declared.
  • Preference will be given to students in their third/fourth year of study, as well as those who have completed one or more relevant courses. However, all Social Sciences students are welcomed to apply.
  • International students must receive approval for On-Campus Work at an Off-Campus Site from OISS.
  • Applications for each semester are due:
    • Fall applications are due March 10th.
    • Spring applications are due October 21st.

Once Selected

  • Students must complete all post-admission application items that will be provided after approval for the program.
  • Students will complete a pre-program orientation session provided by the School of Social Sciences.
  • Students will enroll in SOSC 445- Finance and Banking Practicum for the fall AND spring semesters.
  • During the summer before the start of the fall term, students will have an opportunity to review the host organizations and select those that peak their interest. Some host organizations may require an interview as part of the selection process.
  • Students will attend class once per week and are expected to meet on-site at their host organization at least ten hours per week for the duration of the semester.

Current Hosts:

  • Braun Enterprises
  • Clovis Point Capital
  • Quantor Capital
  • Clean Energy Services CES LLC
  • The Partnership