Panthers on Wall Street
For more than ten years, Robinson’s Panthers on Wall Street program annually has taken some of our most promising students into the heart of America’s financial district. The year-long competitive selection and intense preparation process is designed to ensure the final participants possess the interpersonal, technical and functional skills that Wall Street firms seek.
The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are studying accounting, actuarial science, computer information systems (fintech), economics, finance, and risk management and insurance.
This highly competitive program attracts more than 100 applicants who are required to engage in a series of professional development activities that identify and prepare 14-16 participants for their visit to Wall Street.
Panthers on Wall Street provides students with a comprehensive program that includes:
- Focused professional development
- Unique immersive Wall Street experience
- Networking events in Atlanta and New York
- Enhanced employment opportunities
- Relationship building with fellow students and alumni
- Individual career coaching
The highlight of Panthers on Wall Street is a four-day immersive experience in New York City, where participating students put their best foot forward and meet high-level executives—some of whom are GSU alumni—at the world’s most prestigious accounting, consulting, banking and investment firms.
In addition to networking and interviewing at companies such as AIG, Bank of America, Bloomberg, Citi, Deloitte, EY, JPMorgan Chase, Keefe Bruyette & Woods, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers, the itinerary also includes a GSU alumni reception and tours of iconic institutions such as the New York Stock Exchange.
The program, coordinated through the Office of the Dean, has helped more than 25 percent of participants move into full-time jobs and internships in New York at major firms such as AIG, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, PricewaterhouseCoopers and TIAA.
Company Participation and Student Enrollment
Sharry Anderson Conroy
associate director, Career Advancement Center
“It has been an honor to serve as the honorary chair of Panthers on Wall Street since its inception. I have enjoyed supporting the development of this unique program by hosting the group in Manhattan and sponsoring students. The impact this experience has made on students and our visibility with firms on Wall Street is amazing.”
-Jefferson Harralson, managing director, Keefe Bruyette & Woods; Robinson alumnus and board of advisers member
“The Panthers on Wall Street program proves that Robinson’s students can successfully compete for the very top jobs and internships in financial services.”
-Jason Aldrich, assistant dean for strategic partnerships and career advancement, Robinson College of Business
Panthers on Wall Street alumni often encourage their own companies to become involved in the program and also leverage their networks to identify other potential host organizations.
Alumni champions and friends of Robinson also provide support in the following ways:
Alumni and friends are invited to a networking reception with students, faculty and leadership.
Career Opportunities and Mentoring
Identifying internships and jobs along with mentoring students involved in this experience is an invaluable way to support the program.
Visiting innovative organizations, meeting professionals at a variety of levels, and engaging with them in meaningful ways is the hallmark of our signature programs.
Our best visits typically run 1.5 to 2 hours and include the following elements:
Views from the Top
Hearing from senior leaders and subject matter experts with an opportunity for Q&A
Learning about internships, entry level roles and career paths
Panel discussions and networking roundtables
Firms often host us over breakfast or lunch or offer refreshments.
In order to maximize the learning opportunity, we proactively collaborate with firms who host our students to make their visit experiential.
Here are a few examples:
Students have listened in on the morning conference call of an investment bank’s equity research team and engaged in follow-up discussion.
One firm asked students to join them in a new product development meeting.
Several organizations provided students with information on a current issue to review and analyze prior to meeting and asked them to engage with a subject matter expert.
Student Team Projects
We are actively seeking firms who are interested in having our students engage in a team project.
Past Panthers on Wall Street hosts include:
- Bank of America
- BDO Consulting
- Black Rock
- Capital Group
- Capital One
- Evercore Partners
- Ernst &Young
- Goldman Sachs
- JPMorgan Chase & Co.
- Keefe, Bruyette & Woods
- Marsh & McLennan
- TIAA CREF
We understand that top companies can’t recruit at every school, and many Wall Street-type companies do not recruit on our campus. Panthers on Wall Street was created to bring some of our best and brightest students to New York in the hope that it will give them the opportunity to compete for positions there.
All Panthers on Wall Street students come from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. They are both undergraduate and graduate students that are studying finance, accounting, risk management and insurance, actuarial science, or mathematical risk management. Each student has a high GPA and is keenly interested in a career in the financial services industry.
Each year more than 100 students compete for the 18 Panthers on Wall Street spots that are available. There are several steps in the process, and only those students deemed to have a passion for Wall Street as well as the professionalism to represent Georgia State and the Robinson College of Business are chosen.
Yes. To date, almost 25 percent of past program participants are working in New York, while many others see their careers going through New York City at some time.
Students are looking to learn what it’s like to work on Wall Street. They want to know first-hand what it takes to succeed there.
Besides learning about Wall Street, students are looking to launch their careers. They are looking for employment opportunities—both internships and full-time positions.
There are no typical meetings. Each meeting is different. Some meetings are run by campus recruiting teams and focus on how to apply and work for that company. Others are run by the heads of specific departments and are geared towards their area of specialty. We find that this variety makes for a more interesting experience for the participants.