McDonough School of Business
McDonough School of Business

Master of Science in Finance Career Center

As a member of the Georgetown MSF community, you will study alongside students who bring a tremendous diversity of work experience, personal backgrounds, and academic credentials. Our student body encompasses the entire career lifespan – from those just starting their careers to those who are in senior management roles. This diversity enriches your networking connections and enables us to individualize our career and executive coaching to help you – regardless of where you are in your own career – to develop a personalized strategy for career success.

Core Services

Career Advising and Executive Coaching

One-on-one career advising and executive coaching sessions (virtual and in-person) are the cornerstone of our services. Both students and alumni have access to advising and coaching appointments focused on a variety of topics, including:

Interview Preparation

From case interviews to behavioral interview questioning techniques, the hiring process today requires that you be on top of your game when you are invited to interview with any firm. We provide access to digital tools to help you prepare for an interview, as well as one-on-one mock interviews to help you sharpen your responses and receive feedback on both body language and overall communication skills.  

Job and Internship Postings

MSF students have access to the Georgetown University Recruitment Portal, Handshake. Handshake is a shared resource among campus career center partners and provides up-to-date listings of full-time, part-time, and internship listings. In addition, our office publishes the MSF Jobs Digest, a biweekly list of positions that we specifically sourced from employers, alumni, and partners.

Career Curriculum

Summer Career Bootcamp

This six-week-intensive career program for incoming students provides an overview of career options readily available with an MSF, in-depth information about our internship policy and the investment banking and consulting summer search timelines, and time to develop both the materials (resume, cover letter, etc.) and the skills (behavior and technical interviewing) necessary for success.

By the end of the six-week Career Bootcamp Program participants will:

Fall Career Strategy Course

This 16-week, one-credit, pass-fail, fall semester course provides participants with the tools, resources, techniques, and access necessary to be ready to leverage the MSF degree both in the short and the long-term.  

Students in the course benefit from the semester-long format, which allows for individual exploration of career options through group exercises, self-awareness activities, experiences, and one-on-one career and leadership coaching. The curriculum focuses on the foundational business, communication, networking, leadership, personal branding and professional image, negotiation, job search, interviewing, presentation, and relationship management skills that are necessary to secure an internship or full-time position.  

This course provides a structured learning experience that will help participants:

Questions about either of these career programs should be directed to career services at msfcareer@georgetown.edu.

Communities of Practice

The field of finance grows more complex each year. With that growth has come the need to develop competencies in a wide range of technical, leadership, and people skills. The MSF Communities of Practice helps students better understand the demands of different career fields, expand learning and skill development beyond the classroom, interact with executives and thought leaders in different career areas, and engage in activities that can help to strengthen both skills and an interview narrative. Our Community of Practice Program currently focuses on three areas – investing, consulting, and fintech – and will grow over time as we add more resources and information to meet the growing specialized demands of employers.

Each Community of Practice is co-led by an Executive in Residence, who has substantial industry experience, and the Associate Dean for MSF Career Management. Executives in Residence bring real-world technical and leadership experience to their roles and help guide students through self-discovery exercises (answering the question “is this field right for me?”) and experiential learning activities that allow each participant to dive deeply into the work associated with each career field.

Summer Clinics

One of the biggest challenges for graduate students (especially those who work full-time while in our program) is gaining new experiences that can help facilitate a “career pivot” more closely aligned with the MSF degree. Our summer clinics offer participants an opportunity to engage in challenging, in-depth, fast-paced experiences with corporate clients in the areas of investing or consulting. These eight-week experiences pair peers together in small teams to work on complex real-world projects for corporate partners that culminate with an in-person presentation and findings to senior industry leaders. The experience is an excellent opportunity to test-drive a career field, develop or expand existing skills, and gain valuable experience to utilize when discussing your skills and experiences in an interview situation. 

MSF City Visits and Programs

MSF students live and work across the United States and in several cities abroad. Today’s global job market means many students seek to relocate to best leverage their degree. For several years, the MSF Program has hosted an MSFinNYC event that brings together alumni, current students, and industry experts in panel discussions, company visits, and networking receptions. We also host gatherings in other cities across the United States where finance and consulting positions are concentrated. Check with MSF Career Services for more information on upcoming events.

Career Fairs

MSF students have access to on-campus employer presentations, information sessions, coffee chats, and the university’s fall on-campus career fair held each September through our partnership with other career centers on campus. In addition, we partner with organizations across the country who hold online career fairs and information sessions that are perfect for students outside the Washington, D.C., area.  From specialized career fairs for veterans to lunchtime webinars discussing an individual company’s culture, the ability to connect with employers helps MSF students establish rapport and build relationships with recruiters.

Employers

The MSF Office of Career Services is your partner in building your company’s brand, recruiting MSF talent, and engaging with our students through meaningful collaborations and special projects. Our students are highly competitive in the marketplace and are looking for positions that allow them to utilize their knowledge, deep passion for finance, and diverse backgrounds to have an impact. Please take a moment to learn more about us and the many opportunities we offer to work together.

MSF Alumni Offerings

As an MSF graduate, we hope you will remain connected to the program and participate actively by sharing your successes, expertise, and industry insights. Alumni are encouraged to attend events held around the world, and we can always use your help in making introductions to hiring managers and others who seek to hire MSF talent.

Our Team

Associate Dean, MSF Career Management and Strategic Initiatives
Thomas R. Stowell, EdS, MCC

Advising, Professional Learning, and Career Curriculum
Amanda Dumsch, Director of Career Strategy
Mackenzie Lowenthal, Career Strategy Advisor
Donna Tanenbaum, Alumni Career Advisor & Executive in Residence for Talent Development

Employer Engagement and Alumni Relations
Gina Palmer, Director of Corporate Strategy & Alumni Engagement

Executives in Residence
Dr. Peter Balnaves, Senior Executive in Residence for FinTech and Financial Transformation
Dr. Bill Spinard, Senior Executive in Residence for Consulting
Liz Sweeney, Executive in Residence for Government, Healthcare, and Nonprofit Finance
Tracy Washington, Executive in Residence for Investments

Contact Us

(202) 687-0608
msfcareer@georgetown.edu