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Finance Practicum

Need some more experience on your resume? The MSF Practicum is your opportunity to work as a member of a 4-5 person team on a short-term finance consulting project at a sponsoring corporation for a semester long project during the Fall semester (for students in their third and final semester). The projects are structured so that a finished product is delivered to the sponsor at the end of the Practicum. Each student team is assigned a faculty mentor on campus as a resource and backup support.

The practicum is a win-win program. You gain valuable experience and have an opportunity to significantly impact a company. Corporate partners see the practicum project as an opportunity to use talented, external manpower to tackle a project that requires specialized insight or tools. They also use the practicum as a chance to see your work on the job as a potential future employee.

Past Participants

We’ve worked with a number of companies to provide valuable insight to corporate projects:

  • Alvarez & Marsal
  • Andes Capital
  • AON Corporation
  • Axis Reinsurance
  • Brown, Gibbons, Lang & Co.
  • Busey Bank
  • CNA Surety
  • Cozad Asset Management
  • DHC Capital Management
  • Duff & Phelps, LLC
  • Eco Craps
  • Edward Jones
  • Equity International
  • Geral Auto Group
  • GLE L.L.C.
  • Guy Carpenter
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum
  • John Deere & Company
  • Lake Capital
  • Latin School of Chicago
  • Lockton Companies
  • Marsh
  • Mobile Mni
  • Motorola
  • PLITEK
  • Renewable Energy
  • Sam’s Club
  • Servant Financial
  • Sterling Weath Managment
  • Stifel Nicolaus
  • Strategic Weath Partners
  • The Surety and Fidelity Association of America (SFAA)
  • Traeger Grills
  • University of Illinois Capitcal Financing
  • University of Illinois Foundation
  • Walgreen
  • Wayne Hummer

Gies News and Events

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Bertram helping build a bridge for the next generation

Jim Bertram joined Gies as an instructor of finance this fall after spending 32 years in investment banking, working for major firms like Salomon Brothers, Deutsche Bank, Banc of America Securities, and William Blair. He will be teaching Investment Banking (FIN 463) this fall and succeeding Rob Metzger as the director of the Investment Banking Academy in January.

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Torelli: From civil engineer to Gies department head

Carlos Torelli will apply his engineering mindset and marketing expertise to his new role as head of the Department of Business Administration at Gies. “We have a responsibility to give back in academia at a certain point in our careers. I returned to Gies because I knew they would value my skills and my background and give me the opportunity to make an impact."