Learn By Doing
Experience is the key to success in any endeavor.
Implementing theory into practice is how you'll grow as a professional and leader. Every student in the Finance Career Academy will experience at least two semester-length consulting projects. Read on for details.
Henry Fund: Real Money, Real Decisions
In the second semester, after a rigorous selection process, selected students become analysts in the Henry Fund, an endowed equity portfolio. Each analyst researches real companies and makes investment decisions for an equity fund. The group seeks to achieve the highest level of return while maintaining a risk profile similar to the S&P 500 index. Henry Fund is a two-semester experience that you'll experience in place of the two projects described below.
Business Consulting Project—Year One
For the students not participating in the Henry Fund, a 2-week course in Project Management precedes a 16-week consulting project facilitated by the Business Solutions Center (BSC). As part of a cross-functional team with your classmates, you'll cooperate with company execs, faculty, and BSC directors to deliver the final product. This is your first experience as an actual expert consultant, applying your technical skills to real business problems.
Hands-on Academy Project—Year Two
Solving Real Business Issues for Real Clients
Finance students not participating in the Henry Fund execute a hands-on consulting project managed by the Finance Career Academy. Distinctly different from the first-year project, the hands-on project hones your financial expertise. This Finance Career Academy project is a definite resume builder and another opportunity to face real financial issues in the real world. Learning by doing is an invaluable component of your professional development and career preparation.
Example Finance Consulting Project
Oil & Timber Valuation
Corporate Finance students completed a business valuation of an oil and timber firm owned by a large organization. Students learned valuation metrics for both industries and applied them to the firm. Students presented their findings and project analysis to senior finance leaders of the company.