Spring 2014 MIL Fellowship Application Form

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Margolis Market Information Lab Fellowship

Launched in 2009 by a landmark gift from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Trust, the Margolis Market Information Lab in the Business Instructional Facility (on Sixth Street and Gregory Street) has become one of the most sophisticated and well-utilized university finance learning labs in the United States. It is equipped with state‐of‐the‐art software products used globally by industry firms in all areas of finance.
 

The Lab is home to the Fellowship Program. Fellows are top students from a variety of disciplines. Their work includes developing and teaching software workshops and providing support to students who use the tools for class projects or research. The knowledge and skills gained throughout the Fellowship Program has helped fellows stand out from the competition throughout recruiting and on the job. Former and current fellows are affiliated with top accounting, consulting, investment banking and trading firms. Such firms include J.P. Morgan, the Boston Consulting Group, UBS, Credit Suisse, DRW Trading, Deutsche Bank, Wells Fargo, KPMG, Deloitte, Ernst and Young, PwC, Lazard and others. The fellowship experience has shaped their ability to (1) attain these top jobs, and (2) hit the ground running as top-performers in their respective fields.
 

The Market Information Lab is currently seeking candidates (rising Juniors and Seniors, as well as graduate students with one or more years left of study) for the 2014-2015 fellowship program. We are seeking self-motivated, teamwork-minded individuals who have an interest in financial software programs. This is a paid position that can set you apart from your peers and position you well for your career.
 

Qualifications and Eligibility Criteria 

• Will be a University of Illinois Junior, Senior, or a graduate student with one or more years left of study

• Recommended cumulative GPA of 3.5

• Experience with financial information systems and/or software applications is strongly desired

• Proven leadership skills

• Excellent communication and presentation skills

• Ability to set realistic goals and to work independently

• Cooperative spirit and supporting attitude

• Demonstrated interest in financial markets and/or risk management

• Relevant finance experience is preferred

• Availability of 8 hours per week

 
The purpose of this fellowship is to advance the finance profession by providing aspiring students with enhanced educational opportunities related to understanding financial risk, and financial research and analytical tools. After having gained expertise with a subset of the MIL's software applications, fellows will play a central role in the design and delivery of courses aimed at teaching these tools to other students. This role will draw specifically on their communication, presentation, and leadership skills mentioned above.
 

Specific Duties and Expectations
 

During the first semester each Incoming Fellow will:

• Successfully complete basic training for up to three assigned software products according to the training program within 1 month of the starting date. The amount of training required varies by product, but is capped at eight (8) hours per week. 

• Develop new or improve existing introductory level workshops on all assigned product teams, and teach basic-level workshops starting week 5 of the semester. Fellows will work closely with their supervisor and Senior Fellows who will provide input and feedback on tutorial content, structure, and delivery. 

• Assist Returning and Senior Fellows in updating, revising, and improving existing workshop materials. This includes but is not exclusive to PowerPoint slides, instructor guides, and certification exams. 

• Participate in small and large team meetings as needed. 

• Complete eight hours of MIL related activities per week.
 

Fellows who meet these expectations become eligible to apply for a second semester. Each Returning Fellow will:
 

• Develop new or improve existing intermediated level workshops, and teach those workshops according to the lab's teaching schedule.  

• Develop and/or improve supplemental workshop materials such as case studies, worksheets, or exams for the software certification program. 

• Identify and propose two integration points in the college curriculum (one for each software tool). 

• Train Incoming Fellows in accordance with the training plan. 

• Participate in small and large team meetings as needed. 

• Complete eight hours of MIL related activities per week.
 

Senior Fellows will be chosen based on eligibility (successful completion of Returning Fellow term) and ability as selected by their supervisor. Senior Fellows serve as managers and mentors for three to five different product teams and they report directly to the MIL director. Among other things, Senior Fellows are responsible for managing major lab initatives such as student outreach or faculty outreach, and they are also responsible for teaching of advanced software workshops.
 

Compensation

• For Incoming Fellows the hourly rate is $11.50 with a maximum payment limit up to $1,472 per semester.

• For Returning Fellows the hourly rate is $13.50 with a maximum payment limit up to $1,728 per semester.

• For Senior Fellows the hourly rate is $15.50 with a maximum payment limit up to $1,984 per semester.

 
Application Process

Students who meet the criteria may apply for the MIL Fellowship by submitting this application form, and by uploading their resume below (see question 1). The deadline for submitting all application materials is Friday, March 21, 2014 at 11:59PM CT. Qualified candidates will be invited to appear for an in-person interview. Finalists will deliver a 15-minute presentation on one of the lab’s software products. Hiring decisions will be made at the end of April 2014.

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