Many acknowledge UCLA Anderson’s unique connections to the media and entertainment industry. However, far fewer MBA aspirants are aware of the tremendous opportunities Anderson provides to students interested in investment management. Established in 1987, the Anderson Student Investment Fund (SIF) offers a limited-enrollment course that provides students with a hands-on opportunity to apply what they have learned about investment theory. Students must apply for the opportunity to manage this portfolio, valued at more than $2M, as one of 10–12 SIF Fellows by submitting an essay and participating in two rounds of panel interviews. Then, those selected—now in the role of SIF Fellows—engage in investment strategy, asset allocation and security analysis for more than 18 months and explore both value and growth approaches to equity investments, as well as fixed income investments. SIF Fellows get together weekly during the academic year, meet once a month with the Faculty Oversight Committee and visit more than 30 investment professionals throughout the course of their tenure to learn about different investment philosophies. Fellows also receive assistance in securing summer internships in the investment management industry. Those interested in a career in investment management should give Anderson a closer look.
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