Wall Street Boot Camp Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to participate?
The program is open to first-year students, sophomores, or juniors who exhibit academic strength, leadership, and relevant experience indicating the potential for success in the industry.
What is the time commitment?
The program requires a full semester commitment for certification, and it is offered in both the fall and spring. Sessions are held every Friday at 2:30-4:00 p.m. in the Business Building.
Students are instructed and evaluated on resume, interview, communication, and networking skills. Homework will be assigned, and must be completed prior to the following session.
What does each session cover?
Sessions cover various career paths in the field including, but not limited to, sales and trading, investment banking, and private wealth. Sessions also address various career paths, job search skills, and business etiquette.
Who facilitates each session?
Smeal alumni and friends of the college serve as speakers in Wall Street Boot Camp. The speakers are recent graduates to those with many years of working experience, and come from various career paths in the field.
How will I benefit from Wall Street Boot Camp?
Participants are evaluated on their self-awareness and knowledge of the industry at the end of the program in a mock Wall Street interview conducted by the officers of the Nittany Lion Fund. In addition, each student who successfully completes the program receives an embossed certificate, a networking list of more than 500 Penn State alumni who work on Wall Street, and a personal endorsement from Randy Woolridge and Robin Stevens.
Can I take Wall Street Boot Camp for credit?
No, Wall Street Boot Camp is not eligible for course credit.
How many students and alumni typically participate in Wall Street Boot Camp?
Typically, 30-40 students are selected each semester, and 10-20 alumni participate as guest speakers each semester.
How do I get involved?
The application period occurs during the last two weeks of the fall and spring semesters. Interested students are required to submit a resume following instructions on the announcements posted on the plasma screens throughout the Business Building.