Terry SMIF is a premier opportunity that the finance department offers for students interested in investments. You will immerse yourself into the financial markets and gain valuable practical experience. You will also earn 1.5 hours credit per semester (three hours over the two semesters).
If interested, you can attend one or more of our meetings. SMIF class holds regular sessions each Wednesday from 3:30 – 5:00 pm in 109 Sanford Hall.
Team Oriented: SMIF is divided into industry sector teams to help with your development and provide networking with the top students in finance.
Leadership: A second year in the program is available for those who excel their first year and are willing to take on a leadership position in the organization.
Career Networking: Prior SMIF students have had success in acquiring both summer internships and full-time jobs in prestigious financial firms, such as: Bank of America, Barclays, Boston Consulting Group, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Roark Capital, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey.
Application Process: The application process is currently closed until Spring 2015.
Fall 2016/Spring 2017 Class
Participation in SMIF club and class is available only to select students. Application process takes place in March and April of each year. We have completed our selection process for this academic year and semester.
Class will meet on Wednesdays 3:30–5pm in Sanford 109. Recommended readings include (a) The Handbook of Equity Market Anomalies, by Leonard Zacks; (b) The Five Rules for Successful Stock Investing, by Pat Dorsey; (c) The Intelligent Investor, by Benjamin Graham; as well as the same textbook as used in our FINA 4310 Investments course. Students will receive 1.5 credit hours per semester. This means that student participation is a one-year commitment, where two semesters of the class will earn three credit hours to help towards graduation.
The new SMIF class will include about 10 students who have already participated in 2015–16. These second-year SMIF students will fill most of the leadership positions for the fund management next year. Given the structure of the SMIF program, we expect to select about 15 new/rising juniors and 15 new seniors to join the program.
Our Terry SMIF is operating with real money, through donations of more than $1,000,000 directed to the fund. We operate under the umbrella of the UGA Foundation. The time commitment to the class and the fund management is likely to exceed the amount of time that you might normally expect for a 1.5 credit hour class. There may be some additional commitments outside of normal class time. If you are selected and sign up for the class, you need to be aware of these additional commitments. Along with the formal class, the SMIF is also a student club and there are outside activities that students are expected to make every effort to support (such as company visits, SMIF presentations to outside groups, etc).