City Trek: Chicago
Posted 5.5.16MSM-Finance students travel to Chicago to visit Trading Technologies, CME Group, TechNexus, and TrendPointer.
- give students an internal glimpse of American business operations
- offer students the opportunity to network with peers and potential employers for future jobs and internship opportunities
Among the many presentations by leaders at the four companies, students also participated in a “brain writing” session—an activity CME Group uses for design work when they are launching a new product—in CME Group’s innovation lab.
TrendPointers' CEO Rich Spitzer gave an interactive presentation on how TrendPointers mines and analyzes data to assist their clients with making key business and investment decisions.
The trip to Chicago and the visits with all four companies were arranged with the assistance of Jim Treleaven, a Weatherhead PhD ’90 alumnus.
Because Weatherhead wants its students to make the most out of these trips, MSM-Finance students undergo a rigorous screening process in order to be eligible for city treks. Students must participate in a minimum of three Career Management Office sponsored events, cover letter and resume consultations, and an hour-long mock interview in order to prepare for and qualify to attend the city trek. This preparation ensures that students present their best selves to the companies visited.
Each trek accommodates between 15 and 20 students. Trips to Chicago, Cleveland, and New York City are planned for the coming academic year, with potential visits to organizations like the Federal Reserve, Bloomberg, EY, Key Bank, Cleveland Research Company and Capital One as part of the itinerary.