In a unique opportunity funded entirely by alumni, 19 undergraduate students, selected from a pool of over 55 candidates, took part in the Undergraduate Wall Street Trek October 23-25. The idea for this Trek was led by two distinguished Case Western Reserve alumni: Andrew Medvedev, BA ’97, and Joseph Sabatini, MBA ’81, who serves on the Case Western Reserve Board of Trustees.
Medvedev and Sabatini worked with the Weatherhead School of Management, Alumni Relations and the University Career Center on this effort to educate students interested in the areas of banking and finance, connect students with hiring opportunities in New York and strengthen alumni engagement.
“I’ve been at the university for 14 years, and I can tell you that the reason this Trek was so successful was because it brought together students, alumni, faculty and staff from Weatherhead and throughout the university,” says Professor of Banking and Finance Scott Fine, who helped plan and attended the trip.
The Trek kicked off with a networking event Sunday evening with 40 alumni from the New York area. Monday and Tuesday students visited with more than 30 alumni from over a dozen companies, including Citibank, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JPMorganChase, Bloomberg, KeyBank and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. On Monday evening the students attended the most successful alumni chapter event hosted by Alumni Relations, which took place at MUSE in Midtown and included over 150 alumni.
“For me, the Wall Street Trek was more than just a great opportunity to network with alumni in New York,” Weatherhead student Sam Tedesco says. “It was an eye-opening experience that gave me first-hand exposure to what a career in banking is really like in the financial hub of the world. I received career advice and life lessons that I never would have expected, and I am very grateful to both the alumni who participated and university professionals who made this experience a reality for us."
This Trek was open to all majors, not just those studying finance. Preference was given to students who demonstrated strong leadership skills, previous relevant internship experience, a strong interest in a career in finance and a GPA of 3.5 or above.
“The trip really opened my eyes to the different career opportunities within Wall Street,” says Weatherhead student Katie Wede. “Being able to network with such successful and passionate alumni was an amazing opportunity that wouldn't have been possible without this Trek.”
It is the hope that, with continued support from alumni, this trip will be a model for similar Treks in banking and finance in NYC, as well as other industries and locations.