Sharpe Fellows Program
The William Sharpe Fellows Program was created in 2008 as a way to engage UCLA alumni, community members, and employers 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 interested in pursuing roles in business industries.
By leveraging connections and partnerships with both alumni and industry leaders, Sharpe Fellows receive assistance securing and preparing for a summer internship in the industry of their interest and maximizing their Bruin network. Currently, the Sharpe Fellows program provides support for industries, such as Investment Banking, Finance, Consulting and Technology.
Each Sharpe Fellow receives individualized 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, Bain, KPMG, Citi, Credit Suisse, Google, Apple and Intel. Most impressive of all, 100% of all Sharpe Fellows have been able to secure a summer internship. A full list of past Sharpe Fellows and placements can be found here.
The program is especially valuable for those looking to deepen connections within their industry of interest. For some students who have secured their internships prior to being selected for the program, connecting with your industry mentor and maximizing the Sharpe Fellows alumni network can help to uncover opportunities beyond the summer internship.
Sharpe Fellows can expect the following from their experience:
- Industry Mentors
- Peer Mentors (from past Sharpe Fellows)
- Quarterly Sharpe Fellows Meetings
- Industry-specific coffee chats and office visit opportunities
Sharpe Fellows are required to do the following to successfully complete their year:
- Secure a summer internship
- Meet one-on-one with an assigned staff member
- Regularly communicate with a mentor and industry connections
- Volunteer with our Jefferson Awards Program quarterly events
- Attend quarterly and cohort meetings
The Sharpe Fellows program is not just an internship program, but a guided networking and professional development program for those committed to maximizing their Bruin network. The program staff serve as liaisons, but it is expected that Sharpe Fellows take an active role in identifying their networking and career goals, being professional and communicative about their needs and engaged throughout the year.
- At least a 3.2 cumulative UCLA GPA
- Expected graduation between December 2020 and June 2021
Students undergo an extensive application process to be considered for the program. Candidates will be asked to submit a well-crafted resume and cover letter. After a staff review of all applications, selected students will be invited to participate in our Interview Day with our industry 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.