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DePaul University and the Department of Finance offer students many services, including academic tutoring and access to internships. The DePaul Career Center for undergraduate students and the Kellstadt Career Management Center for graduate students will help you learn more about career paths as well as networking opportunities available through student and professional associations related to your interests.

Internships

Finance Internship (FIN 393)

The Finance Internship (FIN 393) is an elective finance course offered to undergraduate students who are declared Finance Majors.  You MUST include an unofficial transcript with your application.

Students interested in FIN 393 must complete an Application for the Department of Finance Internship.  This can be obtained from the Finance Department office.  It may be returned to the Finance Department office or emailed to the internship coordinator at mhocter@depaul.edu.  Applicants must 

  1. Be declared Finance majors, 
  2. Have a cumulative DePaul GPA of 2.8 at the time of application, and 
  3. Have completed the prerequisite course of FIN 310.  

Once the student is approved by the Internship Coordinator, he or she will be notified via email. Then the intern will be able to register for the class through Campus Connect.

Internships should be found independently. DePaul’s Career Center has many resources to assist students in this search including the Alumni Sharing Knowledge and the Experience job posting system. Please contact the Finance Department internship coordinator at mhocter@depaul if you are not having success in an independent search.

The student must spend 12 hours per week for the 10-week quarter at the internship firm. A flexible schedule is worked out between the intern and the supervisor. The internship may be compensated, but students are required to pay tuition for this course.  


In addition, interns will meet with the internship coordinator as a group once during the quarter. The class schedule will be determined in the syllabus, which will be emailed to the student upon approval for the course. Student deliverables will include a brief paper on the intern’s firm and its industry position, and a research paper which will focus on a topic of interest to the intern’s firm. In addition, students will be evaluated on their performance in the internship by their supervisor.

For further information, contact Mary Ann Hocter at mhocter@depaul or the Department of Finance secretary at (312) 362-8826.

Download the FIN 393 Application

FIN 398 Equity Research Analysis Internship

Topics include:

  • The fundamental earnings metrics, valuation multiples and accounting adjustments used in financial statement analysis ;
  • The effective use of valuation techniques and analytical tools;
  • Identifying and assessing the economic and competitive forces affecting the sectors;
  • Strategies for accessing capital markets and managing capital;
  • Writing styles and report formats that get your research report noticed.

Download the FIN 398 Application


Courses

Fin 395 and Fin 595 Investment Seminar

The Applied International Portfolio Management class is a hands-on experience where you can learn through taking on key roles in managing an endowment portfolio that supports scholarships in the Driehaus School of Business and the DePaul School of Music.

The course setting is a real-world, collaborative, interactive environment that reflects the decision-making process of an institutional portfolio team. The class will have an investment fund structure, complete with industry analysts, regional analysts and portfolio managers. You can earn four credits over two continuous quarters (two quarter enrollment is required).

Course Takeaways:

  • Real-world experience to enhance your employment profile
  • Equity analyses skills — report writing, presentations and valuation techniques
  • Expand your understanding of Bloomberg
  • Learn industry terminology and use professional portfolio performance assessment tools
  • Learn from an industry experienced investment professional

Who is Eligible?

  • Successful completion of Fin 310 (Undergraduate)
  • Successful completion of Fin 555 (Graduate)
  • Finance GPA of 3.0 or better.

How to Apply

  • Complete the application form below
  • Submit current résumé with completed application to bthomp24@depaul.edu.

Download the application

FIN 313 Undergraduate Investment Banking Course

This course is designed to provide students with a broad overview of investment banking, the structure of the industry and analytical tools commonly used in the profession. Students who successfully complete the course will develop the skills necessary for an entry-level analyst position with an investment bank. Spreadsheet skills, valuation methods, as well as company, deal and market analysis will be emphasized. The course also will foster the development of presentation and writing skills through group analysis and preparation of case studies. PREREQUISITES: FIN 310 & DEPARTMENT CONSENT

Download the FIN 313 Application

Undergraduate Independent Study Application

The Undergraduate Independent Study course for Finance (FIN 399) gives students an opportunity to pursue a course of study not commonly offered by the Department of Finance. The student must work with a finance faculty member and the finance department to gain consent to be enrolled in a Finance Independent Study course.

Independent Study Application forms should be finalized and submitted to the business college's Undergraduate Programs Office, Suite  5200, DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson Blvd., before the add deadline for the respective term.

Download the FIN 399 Application

Graduate Independent Study Application

The Graduate Independent Study course for Finance (FIN 799) gives students an opportunity to pursue a course of study not commonly offered by the Department of Finance. The student must work with a finance faculty member and the finance department to gain consent to be enrolled in a Finance Independent Study course. Independent Study application forms should be finalized in the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business Office, Suite 5300, DePaul Center before the deadline of the respective term.

Download the FIN 799 application


Student Groups

Student Finance Association Application

As a student-based organization, the Student Finance Association (SFA) brings together students of all majors who have an active interest in finance. We host a variety of events throughout the year to better acquaint students with the various career paths in finance. Through events, students receive career advice, actionable knowledge, and opportunities for employment. SFA is committed to bettering students interested in finance and in helping launch a successful career.

Click here to find out more about the Student Finance Association.

To sign up, membership dues are $15 either in cash or check, and membership continues through your entire undergraduate education.

For any further questions about signing up or events please contact us at depaulsfa@gmail.com.

Download the SFA Application