WhitmanWayfinderBusinessPeople in the field of finance manage the flow of fiscal currency. This includes trade instruments like stocks and bonds, customer-centric consumer banking, and the breadth of opportunity in corporate finance. Whitman students considering a career in banking, finance, and investment have many opportunities to develop relevant skills through economic theory and practice, advanced mathematics, and effective communication.

Following a summer internship with Garde Capital, Conner Myers '17 said: 

"Throughout the summer I've gained unique insights into investing from an investing veteran who has experience on scales from investment banking to small portfolio management. In the future, if I do decide to pursue a career in finance, the connections I've made this summer could prove to be an invaluable door to opportunities in the real world."

There are many clubs on campus that will allow you to explore your interests, stretch your skills and make an impact in an area about which you're passionate. Contact the ASWC Club Director at aswc_clubdir@whitman.edu to learn more about current clubs or start your own.

ASWC Finance
Whitman students pay an annual ASWC fee. The Finance Committee, comprised of elected ASWC senators and the Finance Chair, manages this budget by allocating funds to clubs, campus media organizations, student travel and projects, the Interest House Committee, and more.

Budget Governing Board
Working with the President's Advisory Committee and the treasurer of the college, two students (one nominated and the ASWC Finance Chair, who serves ex oficio) sit on the Budget Governing Board to create, discuss, critique, and implement the College's budget. This representative advocates for the student body in meetings with the Whitman College Board of Trustees.

Buildings and Grounds Governing Board
Two students sit on the Buildings and Grounds Governing Board to provide perspective on long-term, high-investment initiatives concerning structures, renovation, and upkeep. These students represent their peers in meetings with the Whitman College Board of Trustees.

Enrollment Governing Board
Two students sit on the Enrollment Governing Board and work with the Office of Admission to develop ideology, improve the admission process, increase retention, and evaluate financial aid systems. These students represent their peers in meetings with the Whitman College Board of Trustees.

Power & Privilege Symposium
The P & P Operations Sub-Committee includes a Finance Manager who coordinates the sizeable budget for this day of presentations, discussions, and workshops about the hierarchies of power and the intersections of identity.

President's Budget Advisory Committee
The ASWC Finance Chair and three appointed students comprise this committee, which makes recommendations to the President's Council about the college's budget.

Senior Fund Committee
Students in their final year at Whitman can join this committee to educate their classmates about philanthropy and raise money for scholarships and financial aid.

Whitman Investment Company (WIC)
A student investment management group, WIC meets weekly to discuss the portfolio, provide investment training, and take action when necessary.

Whitman Wire
Founded before the turn of the twentieth century and funded by ASWC, the Whitman Wire is an entirely student-run weekly publication with news, arts, and sports coverage, as well as editorials. The staff includes sales associates who sell advertising to community members.

Community involvement helps students understand a broad range of issues and is becoming increasingly important in the eyes of many employers. For more ways to connect with local organizations, contact the Student Engagement Center in Reid Campus Center.

Senior Fund Committee
Students in their final year at Whitman can join this committee to educate their classmates about philanthropy and raise money for scholarships and financial aid for future students at Whitman.

Spring Break Service Trips
Spring Break Service Trips are week-long volunteer opportunities that allow Whitman students to focus on a particular social issue outside of the Walla Walla community. Trip leaders will consider a variety issues and have to plan logistics of the trip.

Junior Achievement
Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing K-12 students to succeed in a global economy. Junior Achievement provides students in-school and after-school programs in three key areas: entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work readiness.Volunteers at JA teacher/consultants volunteer in elementary school classrooms for a series of 5-6 sessions that take approximately 45 minutes each. Fall sessions are October to December; spring sessions occur February to April.

Green Park Elementary Bilingual Program
Once a week students tutor children at Green Park Elementary School as they transition from learning only in Spanish to learning in English. Volunteers must be able to teach various subjects in Spanish, including math, reading, writing, and science.

Fellowships and grants afford many students the opportunity to continue their learning beyond graduation in high-impact programs. For more information, please contact the Office of Fellowships and Grants in Reid Campus Center.

Critical Language Scholarship (U.S. Dept. of State)
The Critical Language Scholarship institutes provide a fully funded, group-based, intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experience for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate, master's and Ph.D. students. This program is part of a U.S. government interagency effort to dramatically expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.
The levels that are available for each language include: Arabic, Persian (advanced beginning intermediate or advanced level); Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, Urdu, Swahili (Beginning, intermediate or advanced level); Chinese, Japanese, Russian (Intermediate or advanced level). The countries that are available to study in include: Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Russia, South Korea, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, or others where the target languages are spoken.

Davis Fellows for Peace (Middlebury)
The Davis Fellowship is offered to 100 nominees in or to cover the full cost of summer language study from beginner to graduate levels. At the Middlebury campus, students can study Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, French, German, and Russian. At the Mills College campus, students can study Arabic, Italian, or Spanish. Davis Fellowship funds are limited and will be awarded on a competitive basis. The Financial aid forms are not required for the Davis awards. However, students are encouraged to apply for regular Middlebury College financial, which is awarded on a demonstrated-need basis, through the office of financial aid.

Goldwater Scholarship
The Goldwater Scholarship Program was created to encourage highly motivated students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and to foster excellence in those fields. During the scholarship awarding process, the Foundation Board of Trustees will consider the nominee's field of study and career objectives, as well as their potential to thrive and contribute to that field. Each scholarship will cover the eligible expenses for the undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually.

NSF
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program's (GRFP) purpose is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF's mission. The Fellowship also grants Fellows a $34,000 annual stipend and a $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the institution. Fellows will also receive three years of support, international research, professional development opportunities, and XSEDE Supercomputer access.

General
To learn more about working on campus, visit the Student Employment page. We have general job search resources here. For employers committed to diversity and opportunities for minorities, visit workplacediversity.com, nemnet.com, and blackcollegian.com.

Industry Job Boards & Resources

Internships and on-campus employment are excellent for accumulating work experience, developing your narrative, and broadening your network. Note that the list below is not comprehensive. Check sites such as vault.com and internships.com for more opportunities.

To see what Banking, Finance & Investment internships Whitman students have held in the past, check out the Whitman Internship Database and search "Banking, Finance & Investment" or "Business".

Studying away from campus is a fantastic way to learn more about the world, as well as an excellent experience upon which you'll draw throughout your academic and professional career. For more information, contact Off-Campus Studies in Memorial.

IES: European Union
The IES European Union program is based in Freiburg, Germany. Students will participate in field study trips with a focus on the European Union to places such as Berlin, Brussels, Luxembourg, Paris, and Strasbourg. Participants also will take part in Model EU simulations and spring semester students will have the opportunity to intern after the program in either Freiburg (for those proficient in German) or Brussels.

Budapest Semesters in Mathematics (BSM)
Through the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics program, students learn mathematics from leading Hungarian scholars in English. Hungary has a long tradition of excellence in mathematics education. The instructors of Budapest Semesters in Mathematics are members of the three institutions in Budapest known for having educated more than half of Hungary's highly acclaimed mathematicians. The school is near the center of historic Budapest, classes are small, living costs are modest, and all courses are taught in English.

IES: Beijing, Contemporary China, & Chinese Language
The IES: Beijing, Contemporary China, and Chinese Language program allows students to enroll in history, economics, Chinese culture, and language classes. Each courses on this program is supplemented by field trips directly related to the coursework. Students participate in three intensive, 300-level area studies courses taught one-at-a-time, called "blocks". There are daily seminars and discussions of 2-3 hours, along with journaling, presentations, and other challenging assignments that provide an intellectually exciting and in depth engagement with China.

CIEE Shanghai - China in a Global Context
Through the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE) students can study in Shanghai, China. The China in a Global Context program is designed to help students gain a deeper understanding of China as it emerges to take a more influential role in world affairs. Students on this program study Mandarin Chinese at their level and take other English taught courses in a variety of subjects.

CIEE: Seoul Arts and Sciences
The CIEE: Seoul Arts and Science program provides students an environment in which to study at a top-ranked Korean university and experience life in Seoul. While participants enroll in Yonsei University courses, CIEE organizes co-curricular programs designed to provide a deeper understanding of Korea. Program participants take courses in English and Korean through the Underwood International College (UIC), a division of Yonsei University.

The Philadelphia Center
Qualified Whitman students interested in a professional development experience in the historic city of Philadelphia may elect to participate in THe Philadelphia Center program. Participants on this program will intern on a field of their choice for 32 hours a week. The Philadelphia Center offers more than 800 internship options to choose from with organizations such as the Environmental Protection Association, Philadelphia Zoo, arden Theater Company, and the District Attorney's office. In addition to the internship, students will enroll in a weekly City Seminar and one elective course.

Here are some possible post-graduate degrees pursued by people in banking, finance, and investment. Contact Gayle Townsend at townsegv@whitman.edu for additional information.

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • MS in Finance
  • Master in International Finance
  • MBA in Corporate Finance
  • Ph.D. in Business Administration

Other Resources

Guide to the GMAT - This guide from Online MBA provides many useful resources for anyone interested in taking the GMAT.

GMAT Test Questions - Provides information on the quantitative, verbal, and analytical portions of the GMAT.

Business School Comparison - A site that compares business schools based on various criteria.

Alumni in the Field

Log in to LinkedIn or Whitman Connect to learn about Whitman alumni with jobs in banking, finance and investment.