Created by the UC Office of the President (UCOP) in 2022, this program trains UC students for a career in the asset management industry. Since starting with only 100 students at UC Merced, the program has since expanded to campuses across the UC system. We are proud to collaborate with UC Investments to now offer this to UCI students.
The UC Investments Academy provides free asset management training and real-world exposure for students. Throughout the program, participants will gain financial literacy with respect to investing, and they will have opportunities to apply their knowledge through projects that manage UC’s multi-billion dollar portfolio.
Participants will also get the chance to connect with seasoned professionals across the finance industry, from investments to wealth management, opening up access to mentorship or internship experiences. By the program’s conclusion, participants will feel motivated and educated with the foundational knowledge necessary to pursue a career in investments.
For more information, please refer to this UC Investments Academy Brochure!
" One year ago today, as I entered my second year at UCI, I was uncertain about the career path I wanted to pursue. Fortunately, a close friend, who had previously participated in the UC Investments Academy, introduced me to Craig and the UC Investments team. From my discussions with them, I realized that joining the Investments Academy would not only provide me with extensive networking opportunities with industry professionals but also enhance my technical skills, making me a more adept investor and a stronger applicant for internships. Fast forward to today: Next summer, I'll be in New York City as an Investment Banking Summer Analyst; I spent this past summer interning with the UC Investments Private Equity team; I am the Founder and President of the Irvine Investment and Trading Group (ITG); and I am a member of UCI’s Student Managed Investment Fund. I firmly believe that these opportunities would not have been available to me without the UC Investments Academy, so I strongly encourage any student in a similar situation to join!
- Cristian Mendoza, Business Administration
" The UC Investments Academy has been a transformative experience that provided me with invaluable knowledge and skills. As a first-generation political science student, my personal mentors and university coursework did not support my curiosity about the intricate world of finance. However, UC Investments Academy did just that. Through their exceptional curriculum, dedicated speakers, and workshop instructors, I honed my technical finance skills and was provided the opportunity to develop myself professionally. The UC Investments Academy has led to immense change in my life. The academy's value has allowed me to co-found a finance club, interview with and work at top firms, network with professionals that would have been far out of reach otherwise, and spread a culture of professional development on my campus. This experience has broadened my career prospects and changed the course of my professional future, and if you give it a chance, it can do the same for you. "
- Leland Bartikofsky, Political Science & Economics
If you are interested in a career in finance, banking, or investments, you should definitely apply for this program. This is open to all current undergraduate students, with no major restrictions. First-year and second-year students are encouraged to apply!
The application process for UC Investments Academy is open! To get started, fill out this form!