Guide For Recruiters and Student Resumes
Master in Finance Program
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The MFin Program: What Is It?
Princeton University's MFin program enrolls approximately 25 students each year, out of approximately 700 applicants. The small size of the program and great selectivity lead to high academic standards, an intense relationship for students with the faculty and with each other, both of which enhance our students' academic experience and lead to the exceptional job placement record achieved by our students.
In 2012, the program received 691 applications and admitted 28 students. In order to provide the highest level of career placement services in a difficult economy, we continue to keep our incoming 2013 class slightly smaller than in recent years.
Our students have achieved outstanding academic records and they possess excellent leadership and communication skills. They arrive from a multiplicity of nations worldwide. Some have a depth of professional experience; all have superior educational achievements and manifest a deep interest in finance.
See BCF in the News for recent articles that focus on our program.
Princeton’s MFin Program vs. MBA Programs
Unlike an MBA program which focuses on a general business education and will include courses on strategy, management and marketing in addition to finance, our program teaches only finance. This allows us to do so at a much deeper level contrasted with an MBA and enables us to incorporate all the interdisciplinary aspects of modern finance, such as financial mathematics, financial econometrics, computational finance, behavioral finance and corporate finance. Our courses are more quantitative than a typical MBA course and some may find them more demanding. The MBA is still the degree of choice for the corporate finance divisions and mergers and acquisitions areas of the modern investment bank, but the MFin degree is becoming the preferred degree in the trading and asset management areas of the I-bank. These would be areas such as quantitative asset management, risk management, derivatives pricing and trading, fixed income analytics and other areas where the pricing and analysis of complex securities require significant quantitative input. Also, the world of finance is broader than the traditional investment banking business, with opportunities in insurance, commercial banking, commodities and energy trading and risk management for traditional industrial companies, to mention just a few areas where our MFin program is becoming well known due to the quality of the students and the learning experience provided by Princeton's MFin program.
Princeton’s MFin vs. mathematical or computational finance Master programs
Unlike mathematical or computational finance Master programs, we teach all of finance. This means, for instance, that we teach accounting, corporate finance, behavioral finance, etc., in addition to stochastic calculus, derivatives pricing, financial engineering, etc. We believe that our broad multidisciplinary approach to finance is an important advantage of our program, and that our placement record reflects it.
Posting an Employment Opportunity
If you have an opportunity that you would like to publicize with our MFin students, please contact us. We will work with you to produce a top quality group of applicants. What works best is an email (see contact information) with an attachment specifying:
- Position title and brief description of job attributes and desired skill set
- Position start date (please note that, except in unusual circumstances, our program graduates students in early June; should you require a start date that is nonconforming with graduation, you should contact us to see what sort of arrangements can be made)
- Preferred method of receiving applications
If you are interested in reaching out to a larger and broader group of undergraduate and graduate students, we'd also recommend that you post positions through Princeton's Career Services team.
Interviewing On Campus
Our office can help you schedule an on campus interview at our facilities which is an efficient way to meet several of our students. Alternatively, if you prefer, you can combine your recruiting of undergrads and graduate students and proceed through the Office of Career Services using the Tiger Tracks system. Either way, be sure to contact us regarding your dates and times so that we can publicize them with our MFin students.
Interviewing Off Campus
In view of Princeton's proximity to the major East Coast financial centers, it is very feasible for our students to travel to meet with you in your offices. Contact us so that we can get you a list of qualified applicants and help you coordinate dates and times with our students' class schedules. Students frequently have Fridays open with no lecture classes so this can be an excellent day to schedule them for a visit to your offices.
Recruiting Calendar 2012-2013
In general, most company presentations and interviews for permanent positions are carried out during this period. Most offers for permanent positions are made prior to Thanksgiving and resolved prior to Winter recess. For access to all academic calendars please click here and for access to the Career Services On Campus Recruiting calendar click here
September 11. Classes commence
September 20. Career Fair sponsored by Office of Career Services
October 21–25. Mid-term exam week
October 26. Fall recess commences
November 4. Classes resume
November 26–December 1. Thanksgiving holiday
December 13. Winter recess begins
This can be an awkward month for most recruiting activity since the students are not here for much of this month except to take exams, but it can be a good time to schedule interviews at your offices during reading period or offer short 1–2 week internships between winter and spring terms.
January 5. Winter recess ends
January 6-14. Reading period
January 15, Fall term exams begin
January 25. Fall term exams end and term break begins
Most company presentations and interviews for summer internships for our two year students are carried out during this period. Most offers of internship positions are made by Spring recess and are resolved by late March.
February 3. Classes begin
March 10-14. Mid-term exam week
March 15-23. Spring recess
March 24. Classes resume
May 5–13. Reading period
May 14–24. Spring term exams
June 3 Commencement
Employers of Recent Graduates
The Bendheim Center provides extensive career assistance to students, including help with internships and job placement, through its own staff and our placement record has been excellent.
To review the firms that have hired students in the past few years for internships and fulltime, please click here
The following firms have employed at least one of our students in a permanent (for graduating students) or internship position (in the Summer for two-year students). In addition, several of our students have gone on to PhD programs at Oxford, London Business School, Wharton, Northwestern and Princeton.
Acadian Asset Management
Banco de Mexico
Banco de la Republica
Banco de Mexico
Bank of America/Merrill Lynch
Bluecrest Capital Management
Boston Consulting Group
Cerberus Capital Management
D.E. Shaw Group
Dean & Company
EFG Capital Partners
Empirical Research Partners
Gleacher and Associates
Goldman Sachs & Co.
Government of Singapore Investment Corporation
Hagin Investment Management
Harvest Fund Management
JP Morgan Chase
Kingdon Capital Management
McKinsey & Co.
MKP Capital Management
Monetary Authority of Singapore
Moody's Investors Service
New York Federal Reserve Bank
Royal Bank of Canada
Shanghai Stock Exchange
Singapore Investment Co.
Susquehanna International Group
Taconic Capital Advisors
World Bank - IFC
Ziff Brothers Investments
Student Resumes and Photos
Please note: The photographs and CVs contained in this section are for the reference of recruiters working with Princeton University; permission is not granted for any other use.
Students Seeking Permanent Employment
Thomas Bottee de Toulmon
Youssef El Moujahid
Jun Wei Ho
Mengyi (Melly) Jiang
Tao (Ivy) Li
Yeong Zann (Ian) Seow
Hoi Lun (Alan) Wang
Xiaoqing (Sara) Yuan
Photos and resumes of graduating students can be found here
Students Seeking Summer Internships
Fan (Joy) Jiang
Sonya J. Flechon
Xiaonan (Steven) Ge
Karen J. Leiton*
Ning (Sophia) Lu
Sebastian R. Maass
Stephen A. McDonald
Edward C. Stivers
Alexander H. Wu
Zhichao (John) Yan
Helen M. Yu
*Returning to home country and former employment after MFin graduation.
Photos and resumes of internseeking students can be found here
For additional information about recruiting MFin students or for assistance with any aspect of the recruiting process, please contact:
Wendell Collins, Director of Corporate Relations - email@example.com