The MSFE Student Ambassador Program is a leadership opportunity for students who are dedicated to personal and professional growth by serving and representing the Master of Science in Financial Engineering Program and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A Student Ambassador serves as an MSFE representative and performs duties at various MSFE campus activities/events. Some activities include: Helping with new student orientation, supporting the admissions process by interviewing candidates and connecting with prospective applicants and students to answer questions.
What does a Student Ambassador do?
Some examples of responsibilities of our MSFE Ambassadors:
- Welcome and greet guests at MSFE events.
- Evaluate incoming student resumes.
- Provide support to MSFE Office Staff during New Student Check-in.
- Assist MSFE Office Staff during New Student Orientation by setting up, attending lunches, giving tours, supervising field trips & answering questions.
- Conduct campus tours for new students and guests.
- Represent the MSFE Program during college events such as Career Fairs and Graduate School Fairs.
What do our MSFE Ambassadors have to say about our program?
UIUC MSFE program offered numerous opportunities in career events and attended guest speeches. Collaboration with intelligent classmates and respected industry partners has significantly broadened my professional networks. Motivated by all the esteemed people I have worked with within UIUC, my practical skillsets have grown tremendously. In the long term, I envision myself as a financial analyst utilizing experiences to enhance knowledge integration and resource effectiveness of technology and finance."
I do not regret deciding to study in the MSFE program at UIUC. The program is well designed and never stops developing. The Practicum allows you to work with a real-world project provided by the industry partner. Professors and staff are strongly supportive. I also gain numerous benefits from both Gies College of Business and Grainger College of Engineering such as career support and education resources.The program not only prepares me for my future career but also expands my network. There are alumnus in various financial industries who frequently come and share their working experience. I have learned a lot from my classmates who come from different educational backgrounds. A supportive environment makes me less stressful and helps me enjoy studying."
"After my undergrad, majoring in Electronics and Communications Engineering, I wanted to pursue Financial Engineering; a field that involves applying quantitative methods to analyze financial products. The numerous applications of statistics and coding in analyzing the market pulled me towards the program. One of the deciding factors for me was the diverse crowd of the MSFE cohort at UIUC, with students having experience in various fields.
During the first semester, I participated in the CME Group University Trading Challenge, where I worked with my peers who had experience in various fields, including math, finance, and engineering. We got to experience the excitement and decision-making environment of real-time trading. The practicum projects, seminars from people currently working in the industry, and guidance from the professors, are some of the other opportunities that UIUC provides the students to make them industry-ready.
I feel that MSFE at UIUC provides the students with some of the best opportunities to help them learn the finer aspects of financial markets. With the support of the professors here at UIUC and the opportunities provided through the Practicum projects and other competitions, flexibility in choosing courses to suit one's interests, and amazing fellow students, I would recommend it to anyone looking to pursue a career in the finance world."Arnav Gupta - MSFE Class of 2022
What are the benefits of becoming a Student Ambassador?
As a Student Ambassador you will develop a wide range of transferable skills that will benefit you. Employers are looking for more than just good grades; they want community involvement and service! Student Ambassadors will gain leadership skills that will help build your resume.
- Must be a current MSFE Student in the second semester of the program.
- Must be currently enrolled in at least 12 credit hours.
- Must have successfully completed the first semester without being on probation.
- Must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75.
- Ambassadors must earn 3,000 points each semester to remain active.
- Demonstrate strong communication (written and verbal) skills.
- Exhibit leadership, initiative, dependability, discipline, enthusiasm and willingness to grow both personally and professionally.
How to Apply
- Contact Amy Lamb (firstname.lastname@example.org) for an application.
- Write a brief Personal Statement (located in the Application)
- Take the Assessment Quiz
- Submit Application to the MSFE Office