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1029 Business Instructional Facility
515 E. Gregory Drive
Champaign, IL 61820






Margolis Market Information Lab Fellowship (2014 - 2015 school year)

The Margolis Market Information Lab is seeking candidates for the 2014-2015 fellowship program.  We accept applications from undergraduate and graduate students with an earliest expected graduation date of May 2016.  Online applications must be submitted via this application form by 11:59PM CT on Friday, March 21, 2014 and are for the 2014-15 academic year that begins in August 2014.  We are seeking self-motivated, teamwork-minded individuals who have an interest in financial software programs. This is a paid position that can set you apart from your peers and position you well for your career.  

Launched in 2009 by a landmark gift from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Trust, the Margolis Market Information Lab in the BIF has become one of the most sophisticated and well-utilized university finance learning labs in the United States.  It is equipped with state of the art software products used globally by industry firms in all areas of finance. 

The Lab is home to the Fellowship Program. Fellows are top students from a variety of disciplines. Their work includes developing and teaching software workshops and providing support to students who use the tools for class projects or research. The knowledge and skills gained throughout the Fellowship Program has helped fellows stand out from the competition throughout recruiting and on the job. Former and current fellows are affiliated with top accounting, consulting, investment banking and trading firms. Such firms include J.P. Morgan, the Boston Consulting Group, UBS, Credit Suisse, DRW Trading, Deutsche Bank, Wells Fargo, KPMG, Deloitte, Ernst and Young, PwC, Lazard and others. The fellowship experience has shaped their ability to (1) attain these top jobs, and (2) hit the ground running as top-performers in their respective fields.  

Qualifications and Eligibility Criteria 

• University of Illinois undergraduate or a graduate student with an earliest expected graduation date of May 2016

• Recommended cumulative GPA of 3.5

• Experience with financial information systems and/or software applications is strongly desired

• Demonstrated interest in financial markets and/or risk management

• Proven leadership skills

• Excellent communication and presentation skills

• Ability to set realistic goals and to work independently

• Cooperative spirit and supporting attitude

• Relevant finance experience is preferred

• Availability of 8 hours per week  

The purpose of this fellowship is to advance the finance profession by providing aspiring students with enhanced educational opportunities related to understanding financial risk, and financial research and analytical tools. After having gained expertise with a subset of the MIL's software applications, fellows will play a central role in the design and delivery of courses aimed at teaching these tools to other students. This role will draw specifically on their communication, presentation, and leadership skills mentioned above.    

Application Process 

Click here to submit your online application, letter of interest, and your latest resume. The deadline for submitting all application materials is 11:59PM CT on Friday, March 21, 2014. Following the online application, the application process has two stages: first, the presentation round, and second, final round interviews. From April 1 to April 11, qualified candidates will present a 15-minute tutorial covering one of the MIL’s software products. Finalists will be invited to appear for an in-person interview with Dr. Martin Maurer and Senior Fellows during the week of April 14. Hiring decisions will be made in in May 2014.













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