Sharpe Fellows Internship Program


The William Sharpe Fellows program was created in 2008 as a way to engage UCLA alumni in supporting the career and professional development needs of undergraduate students at UCLA. Named in honor of Nobel Laureate and UCLA alumnus William F. Sharpe, the program has been successful in bringing together top employers with our brightest students.

By leveraging connections and partnerships with both alumni and industry leaders, Sharpe Fellows receive assistance in securing a summer internship in an industry of their interest. Currently, the Sharpe Fellows program provides support for many industries, including Investment Banking, Finance, Consulting and Tech/Startups.

Once selected, each Sharpe Fellow receives targeted mentorship, training and industry introductions to help launch a successful career. UCLA Sharpe Fellows have accepted internships at top companies including Goldman Sachs, PWC, J.P. Morgan, EY, Deloitte, KPMG, PIMCO, Credit Suisse, Google, Apple and Intel. Most impressive of all, 100% of Sharpe Fellows have received a summer internship placement. A full list of past Sharpe Fellows and placements can be found here.


  • Ambitious and demonstrated readiness to secure an internship
  • At least a 3.2 cumulative UCLA GPA (incoming transfer students are eligible with transfer GPA)
  • Junior level standing with anticipated graduation between December and June. Incoming transfer students and sophomores who will graduate early are eligible to apply.
  • Availability for at least 10 weeks during summer (required)


Students undergo an extensive application process to be considered for the program. In addition to a well-crafted resume and cover letter, applicants must write a one-page personal essay and complete an interview with the alumni selection committee. The committee looks for students with strong communication skills, leadership experience, high academic achievement, and an overall drive for success in their industry of interest.

Recruitment for the program begins during spring quarter where students may attend info sessions to learn about the application process. Current and former Sharpe Fellows help lead the sessions to share their experience in completing the application and participating in the interview day. The application site is made available during the summer, while the final deadline to complete applications is typically Week 1 of the Fall Quarter.


If you have questions about the Sharpe Fellows Internship Program, please contact Partnership UCLA by submitting a message through our contact form, emailing our office at or contacting our office at (310) 825-5242. We look forward to hearing from you.