MSF Employer Guide

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Georgetown University I McDonough School of Business

Master of Science in Finance

Employer Guide to MSF Talent

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Talent for Every Opportunity

CONTENTS 1 A Message from the Associate Dean 2 Georgetown MSF Advantage 4 Talent for Every Opportunity 5 Connect with MSF Students 6 Hire a Hoya 8 A Tradition of Excellence 9 Where MSF Alumni are Making a Difference

Georgetown McDonough is ranked

#2 in the Nation

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A MESSAGE FROM THE ASSOCIATE DEAN On behalf of the students, alumni, faculty and administration, thank you for taking time to learn about the Georgetown Master of Science in Finance program. The Employer Guide to MSF Talent provides an overview of our career services program and describes opportunities for employers to connect with MSF students and alumni. Our program’s innovative approach to teaching and learning sets our talent pool apart from other master’s programs in the following ways: Depth: The MSF dives deeper into finance concepts than most MBA programs, focusing on the skills and competencies that financial institutions, consulting firms, businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, and others require for specialist or leadership roles. Diversity: Our students span the recruitment pipeline – from those just entering the field to those primed for c-suite positions. The diversity of our talent pool means you can recruit for positions across your organization ranging from intern to senior executive. Geographic Advantage: Our technology-intensive format allows our students to live and work across the United States and around the world while completing the program. This means you can fill positions across your organization’s footprint and not just within one city or office. Talent, When You Need it: Most of our students study part-time, often working while in the program. Our students are highly mobile and ready to take on new career opportunities at any time during their MSF studies. This offers you the advantage to recruit when you need to fill positions throughout the year. The team in the MSF Career Services Office looks forward to working with you to identify the right talent for your opportunities. Please contact us to discuss your needs and to establish a recruitment strategy that will work for you. I am confident that when you engage with our students, you will see the tremendous skill and talent that we do.

Thomas R. Stowell, Ed.S.

Associate Dean for MSF Career Management & Strategic Intiatives

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Career-Driven Curriculum

Our revolutionary approach to business education allows students to study at a top-tier university without physically having to be on campus—allowing them to obtain a Georgetown degree while pursuing their current professional endeavors. Our innovative curriculum, use of the latest technology tools, and our high academic standards have earned consistent praise in rankings and within the business community. Our program’s blended format transforms today’s best professionals into rising industry leaders, allowing them to engage with a world-class curriculum and revolutionary online learning platform to develop the essential skills required to advance their career.

The MSF Program focuses on in-depth financial concepts, practical application of real-world trends, and the importance of ethical leadership to deliver a comprehensive, globally-focused, and career-driven curriculum. Our students graduate with a library of knowledge that includes:

Flexible Structure

• The ability to construct an efficient portfolio

The MSF Program offers both part-time and fulltime tracks within our 21-month curriculum. Our part-time program allows working professionals to pursue a degree as they build their professional experience. Our full-time program supports students in their efforts to explore career options, strategically network, and develop their personal brand.

• The ability to value stocks, bonds, and

derivatives using cutting-edge valuation methods

• A comprehensive understanding of how to

evaluate corporate investment projects in a strategic context

• An appreciation for the importance of ethical leadership and decision making

using the latest techniques for estimating expected returns and risks

• A thorough understanding of how markets work according to the Efficient Market Hypothesis and the alternative Hypothesis of Behavioral Finance

• The ability to blend sophisticated modeling with a global mindset in the management of corporate risks

The MSF Program provides ultimate flexibility - allowing students to change jobs while pursuing their degree and affording employers the opportunity to recruit new, relevant talent.

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Executive Presence Through Georgetown’s global network, our students connect with and learn from executives and leaders whose real-world experiences add depth to our academic program by exploring concepts learned in class through the lens of today’s business challenges. Our Executives in Residence are leaders in consulting, investing, FinTech, and government, healthcare, and nonprofit finance who help students complement each other.

MSF Career Course The MSF Program strives to ensure student employment readiness. Through our optional career course, students explore career opportunities through group exercises, selfawareness activities, and one-on-one career and leadership coaching. The curriculum focuses on foundational business, communication, leadership, and career management skills necessary to secure an internship for full-time employment.

MSF Summer Clinics Our intensive eight-week summer clinics, available to both full-time and part-time students, provide an internship-like experience that focuses on real-world business challenges in areas such FinTech, consulting, and investing. This program allows participants to gain new work experiences they can leverage to pivot or enhance their career.

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TALENT for EVERY OPPORTUNITY MSF students are prepared to become leaders in finance, consulting, and business with the skills, knowledge, global mindset, and passion to work through pressing current and future business challenges. For the purposes of recruitment, our students fit into the following categories based on experience:

Pre-Experience Students admitted either directly from an undergraduate program or with less than two years of work experience are classified as pre-experience students. These students typically are looking for summer internships or direct-hire positions and are likely to search for these during their first semester in the program.

Entry-Level Students admitted with less than five years of work experience are classified as entry-level for recruitment purposes. They are likely seeking access to development programs, opportunities to pivot from their current role (which could be unrelated to finance), or seek to move into a new role with a company of choice.

Established Career Professional With an average of seven to 10 years of work experience when they join the program, a majority of our students already have established themselves in their careers. These students pursue the MSF degree to secure positions of increasing responsibility, pivot into finance (either from a related or unrelated position), leverage their previous experience to move to a new industry, or develop a deep skillset to be competitive in a future search.

Senior Professional Some of our students come to the program with more than 10 years of work experience. These seasoned professionals often are looking for opportunities to grow – either vertically or horizontally within an organization. Some may seek to leverage the MSF degree to pivot to a new industry while others seek to become more involved in specialty areas like M&A.

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“Our students’ education and experience meet the rigorous requirements of today’s growing companies. Our graduates bring to employers a unique blend of technical expertise, leadership experience, and a global perspective that informs their day-to-day decision-making. As an executive who has hired many staff throughout my consulting career, I can confidently say that the graduates of the MSF Program at Georgetown are well prepared for today’s complex and fast passed work environment.” William Spinard, Ph.D. Senior Executive in Residence

Connect with MSF Students

MSF students succeed in the marketplace because of the academic rigor of our courses, the real-world connections built into the program, and the recognition by employers of the importance of a deep bench of finance, consulting, and business skills. Our program’s unique format allows us to engage with employers differently than traditional graduate business programs. The next few pages highlight the best options for connecting with our MSF talent.

Virtual Company Chats

Summer Clinics

Connect with our students without leaving your office! Our students are eager to learn about different companies to assess how they might “fit” into various open positions and company cultures. Since our students are dispursed geographically across the globe, the easiest way to build your company’s brand with our students is through a virtual company presentation or informal “company chat.” Contact our office to schedule your virtual information session.

We seek to partner with companies for our Summer Clinics program. These eight-week internship-like experiences pair students together in small teams to work on complex projects for corporate partners. Projects are led by our Executives in Residence and culminate in a presentation of findings and recommendations to senior leaders within each sponsor company. The experience is an excellent opportunity for organizations like yours to tap into the MSF’s international talent.

Connect in New York or D.C. Today’s global job market encourages students to relocate to best leverage their degree. The MSF Program hosts an annual MSFinNYC event that brings together alumni, current students, and industry experts in panel discussions, company visits, and networking receptions. Similar programs are offered in Washington, D.C., during on-campus residencies in August, October, and April. We invite your company to engage with our students in New York or D.C.

Georgetown Fall Career Fair MSF students have access to on-campus employer presentations, information sessions, coffee chats, and the university’s on-campus career fair held each September through our partnership with other career centers on campus. In addition, we partner with organizations across the country that hold online career fairs and information sessions that are perfect for students outside the Washington, D.C., area. From specialized career fairs for veterans to lunchtime webinars discussing an individual company’s culture, the ability to connect with employers helps MSF students establish rapport and build relationships with recruiters.

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HIRE a HOYA Our Recruitment Schedule

Post a Position or Internship

Our students are not bound to specific recruitment calendars. The flexibility in how, when, and where our students learn ensures they are able to change jobs at any point during the program. Some may search for a new position upon admission while others may wait until after graduation to make a change. We welcome employers to engage with our students at any stage in the program.

The MSF Career Center partners with other career centers on campus to utilize Georgetown Handshake as our job posting platform. When you post a position on Handshake, you can designate that you want to consider master’s students. This will open the position to MSF students, as well as other qualified master’s students across the university.

On-Campus Recruiting

(April, June, August, and October) We encourage our corporate partners to schedule customized on-campus recruitment sessions during times when our international student population will be on our Washington, D.C., campus. This unique opportunity allows both employers and students to learn about each other in a focused, personal format – maximizing the impact and return on your company’s recruitment efforts. Contact us for available dates.

Highlight Openings in the MSF Jobs Digest The MSF Career Center connects our students and alumni with available positions. In addition to utilizing Handshake, we also actively source positions for our twice-monthly MSF Jobs Digest. This publication allows us to share positions related to finance, consulting, and general business from a variety of job search platforms. If you have a position you are seeking to fill, we are happy to highlight it in our Jobs Digest.

Contact Us Georgetown’s Master of Science in Finance is the only specialized finance program in the country with a devoted Career Services Office dedicated to supporting the professional success of our students. Our mission is to connect students and employers as they establish rapport and build relationships that are mutually beneficial. If you would like to learn more about opportunities to connect with Georgetown MSF talent, please contact us at

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Host an Event One of the best ways to increase brand recognition for your company among our students is to host an event.

• Host a virtual information session,

panel discussion, or meet and greet. We also are happy to open this session to other programs from which you might wish to recruit.

• Partner with us to sponsor a reception during one of our four on-campus experiences – in August (orientation), October (week-long residency), April (second year weekend), and June (year one conclusion weekend).


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Request a Resume Book Interested in seeing what our talent has to offer? Request a copy of our most recent resume book and work with us to identify potential candidates with whom you would like connect. We will work with you to make introductions, schedule conversations, and – if desired – host the students for a 1:1 appointment (virtual or in-person) at a place and time convenient for both of you.

giving you the talent you need, when you need it.


Diverse Student Experience: Recruit students


A Tradition of Excellence: Tap into the tradition


Teamwork: Recruit an employee who already


People-Centered, Career-Focused: Connect with

• Host a group of students at your

office. The MSF Program occasionally organizes city-based events. Hosting a reception, company visit and information session, or on-site interview program are all possible.

Flexibility: Hire an MSF Hoya at any time –

with experience that aligns to your company’s needs; MSF students have diverse backgrounds and range from entry-level to senior professionals.

of excellence that serves as Georgetown University’s hallmark. Our students and alumni demonstrate innovation, flexibility, and character – making them some of the most soughtafter recruits in the country. By building your brand with the Georgetown MSF Program, you are extending the reach of your company’s reputation. understands the power and importance of working productively with others. Our cohort model places students in tight-knit, diverse groups that have proven pivotal in teaching students the technical, professional, and leadership skills necessary for career success.

MSF talent, not as a one-time engagement, but as part of an ongoing relationship. MSF Career Services helps companies connect with students and alumni and supports your efforts to meet, engage, and employ tomorrow’s leaders. Let’s work together to build a pipeline of talent who understand the industry and what it takes to advance in a global economy. Employer Guide to MSF Talent | 7

A Tradition of Excellence MSF graduates join more than 190,000 Georgetown alumni from across the globe who serve as principled leaders, innovators, policy-makers, and champions serving both business and society.

Siddarth Ravindra (MSF’18) Vice President Goldman Sachs & Co New York, NY

Sandra Chacon (MSF’16) Senior Consultant Ernst & Young Washington, DC

Brian Linville (MSF’17) Consultant McKinsey & Company Pittsburgh, PA

Alexandra Etholm (MSF’18) Senior Associate Duff & Phelps San Francisco, CA

Asuka Okumura (MSF’17)

Operations Officer The World Bank Group Washington, DC

Brad Williamson (MSF’16) Strategic Pricing Manager Perkins Coie, LLP Denver, CO 8 | Master of Science in Finance

WHERE MSF ALUMNI ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE These industry leaders have hired or promoted Georgetown’s MSF students into full-time positions or internships. Accenture


Northrop Grumman


Deutsche Bank

Oxford Finance


Duff & Phelps

Perkins Coie, LLP

Ameriprise Financial

DW Partners

Pratt and Whitney

Ball Aerospace


Procter & Gamble

Bank of America

Ernst & Young (EY)



Fannie Mae







Snap, Inc.


Goldman Sachs


Blue Origin

ING Capital

T. Rowe Price

BMO Capital Markets

JBG Smith

TD Ameritrade


JP Morgan Chase & Co.

The Federal Reserve Banks

Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

KippsDeSanto & Co.




U.S. Air Force

Liberty Mutual

U.S. House of Representatives

Lockheed Martin

U.S. Marines

Lowes Hotels

U.S. Navy

McKinsey & Company


Merrill Lynch




Morgan Stanley

Venable, LLP

National Institutes of Health (NIH)


Cambridge Associates Capital One Chevron Choice Hotels Citigroup Credit Suisse Crowe DayBlink Consulting

Wells Fargo

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The MSF Program adheres to the NACE Principles for Professional Conduct for Career Services and Employment Professionals and expects employers to do the same. These principles are available on the National Association of Colleges and Employers web site.

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