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Stephanie Sibilia, Full-Time MBA student:
The Strategic Finance Academy is really for students who are interested in going into corporate finance roles or treasury.
Joe Fitter, Director, Strategic Finance Academy:
The roles in corporate finance are very broad-ranging, and really can prepare someone to be on the general management track, ultimately to be a business leader. The Strategic Finance Academy begins that early on, and develops that capability throughout the course of the next year.
When we would meet every Friday, we would have three or four different companies come and present with recruiters and alums, and talk about both their company, their projects, their roles, and then also the opportunities for MBA students.
Kyle DeLapp, Full-Time MBA student:
You have companies come in and give you cases, so you can better understand the industries and what it's like to be a financial professional there. But you also have something called M&A Day, where they have a company come in and teach you a real case about a mergers and acquisition case.
We have an intensive Academy Week in the fall where we host two different trips, one trip based in the Midwest, and another trip out to the West Coast.
We spent three days visiting companies in Indiana, and then in Louisville and Cincinnati. That bonding transformed the Academy into a great network, and into a great resource of peers that I could use going into my internship search.
I went on the San Francisco trip, and I was able to network about 15 to 20 different professionals at Intel, so that when it came time for interviews I actually knew each of my interviewers pretty well.
There are several different network opportunities. Recruiters will come on campus. There's roundtable sessions, where we conduct very informal mock interviewing. The best Fortune 500 companies are hiring from Kelley. Kelley prepares the students to be successful. I, myself, am a former Kelley, and was successful. I think that that success breeds further success through network, through an understanding of career opportunities, and how the curriculum is set up here at Kelley.