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Professional Development Programs

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The Office of Student Engagement supports the professional development of students through the following programs.

Opportunity Finance Program (OFP)

Program Description
The Opportunity Finance Program (“OFP”), a collaboration between New York University’s Stern School of Business Undergraduate College (“Stern”) and Opportunity Finance Network (“OFN”), provides undergraduate business students at Stern the opportunity to learn about the opportunity finance industry, interact with professionals from Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs), and provides access to internships at CDFIs where students will learn valuable professional skills that are transferable to a number of industries. 


Case Walk-through: Opportunity Finance (February 28)
Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) are private, not-for-profit entities that are 100% dedicated to delivering responsible, affordable lending to help low-income, low-wealth, communities. Hear from local CDFI’s as they walk through their industry landscape, discuss the types of loans that they underwrite, the methodology they use when analyzing lending opportunities, and the impact that these loans have on their local communities.

RSVP to take part in this event that will introduce the Opportunity Finance industry, CDFIs, and the Opportunity Finance Program (OFP). The OFP will provide students with access to summer 2014 internships at CDFIs. Lunch will be served.

Opportunity Finance Program: Information Session (March 3)
Learn from the Stern administration and faculty about the Opportunity Finance Program (OFP) and how it will allow students interested in both Finance and Social Impact to create social and economic value in their communities while learning valuable, transferrable banking skills. Look for session details in SterNews.

Opportunity Finance Program: Application Period (Closes March 14 @11:59PM)
Click here to view the OFP application and to learn more about the CDFIs participating in the Opportunity Finance Program in summer 2014.

Opportunity Finance Program: Placement (March 31-April 21)
Students selected to participate in the Opportunity Finance Program will take part in a placement process to interview and meet with their prospective CDFI internship employer.

Industry Introduction Series (IIS)

The Industry Introduction Series (IIS) provides freshmen, sophomores, and juniors at Stern with critical resources for professional development. The IIS is a 15-week, full academic year workshop series that informs students’ internship and career exploration. Each week, you can learn about a different industry from leading companies in the industry, alumni in the industry, Stern seniors who have interned in the industry, and Stern faculty.
Business Analytics
Week of Feb 3
Sponsored by Nielsen

Real Estate
Week of Feb 10
In partnership with JPMorgan Chase

Private Equity/Venture Capital
Week of Feb 24
Sports + Entertainment
Week of Mar 3
Sponsored by Brooklyn Nets
Week of Mar 10
Sponsored by American Express

Professional Development Series (PDS)

The Professional Development Series (PDS) provides freshmen, sophomores, and juniors at Stern with critical resources for professional development. The PDS is a semester-long series that introduces you to the essential personal and professional skills that are necessary to compete for internships and full-time jobs. Students will learn how to develop a personal brand, how to convey their personal brand in a resume and interview, how to be a professional, and how to network. In each session, Stern alumni discuss these relevant topics and share their personal stories. The PDS concludes with advice from a distinguished speaker.

Stern clubs build upon each session’s topic by providing additional in-depth workshops hosted on Friday in collaboration with Stern’s OSE, alumni, and corporations. The PDS is led by OSE in collaboration with the UC Dean’s Office, Stern alumni, the Wasserman Center, and Stern clubs.
(9/13) Personal Brand: Developing Your StorySpeaker: Carmelina Lalley, Lead Recruiter NYC-Metro at PwC
(9/20) Personal Brand: Developing Your ResumeSpeaker: Jessica Hardeman, Advisory Business Unit Lead Recruiting Manager at KPMG
(9/27) Personal Brand: Developing Your On-line ResumeSpeaker: Eric Berridge, Co-Founder and Principal at BlueWolf
(10/4) Interviews: BehavioralSpeaker: Miranda Kalinowski, US Recruiting Leader at PwC
(10/11) Interviews: TechnicalSpeaker: Brian Reich, President and Managing Partner at Atrato Advisors
(10/25)Professionalism: Dress & Dinner EtiquetteSpeaker: Ronald Ferguson, Concierge at Brooks Brothers
(11/1) Professionalism: Office Conduct and ExpectationsSpeaker: Matt O'Grady, EVP and Managing Director of Local Media at Nielson
(11/8) Networking: Building a NetworkSpeaker: Ruben Avilez, Head of Strategic Auto Investments at Wells Fargo
(11/15) Networking: Dos and Don’tsSpeaker: Donna Szatkowski-Zych, New York Audit Partner and Northeast WIN Leader at Deloitte
(11/22) Life and Professional LessonsSpeaker: Professor of Management Practice, Charles Murphy


Case Competition Series (CCS)

The Case Competition Series (CCS) provides Stern students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge in the development of a solution for a real world business problem. The CCS consists of two cases: Management Consulting and Valuation. Each case describes a business problem or situation, and requires students to work together as a team to offer an innovative solution. With professionals on hand to provide advice and discuss industry nuances, students will leave with a strong understanding of the sorts of problems faced in the field.  

Juniors: Alumni Career Engagement (ACE)

The Alumni Career Engagement (ACE) program provides an opportunity for Stern juniors to receive personalized career guidance from alumni. Alumni meet with Stern juniors to give advice on resumes, cover letters, interviewing strategies, and careers. Participants are also welcome to network over refreshments after receiving/giving guidance.