The USMF Investment Office offers internships to undergraduate students who are interested in investment research and financial analysis from schools within the USM. These students work directly with investment professionals to conduct research and analysis, assist with reporting and due diligence, and take on special projects as they relate to the endowment fund investment portfolio. They also join staff in external manager meetings and conference calls; participate in strategy sessions; and work on the office Bloomberg terminal conducting investment, economic and capital market research.
We have four interns this academic year - Harsha Neerchal, Maria Mesa, James Luddy, and Jon Galitzer. Harsha and one of our recently graduated interns, Nikhil Mathur (UMD '15) conducted an extensive research project on university divestments and were able to assist the USM Foundation in becoming the first higher education institution to seed a low carbon ETF. They even attended the ringing of the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange!
Both Harsha and Maria have accepted full-time job offers upon graduation and credit the USM Foundation Investment Office's internship program with providing them well-rounded experience that made them attractive candidates.
A few quotes we’ve received from our interns:
“… (USMF internship is) an extremely unique experience that few other internship can replicate, and hearing all the ideas being discussed really exposed me to so many new concepts. All of these projects helped us learn more, think analytically, and give us practical real world experiences … definitely great opportunities for us” - Harsha Neerchal
“Working alongside the USMF team within the space, being able to converse over market activity and hear (their) opinions and analysis process for investment decisions has definitely opened my eyes to what it really means to ‘look behind the numbers.” - Maria Mesa
“The work was extremely interesting. Since the office is smaller, we were able to do some really amazing work that interns at other places may not be able to do. Being able to sit in on meetings and hear discussions between the team and managers was awesome.” Nikhil Mathur