Applications for the Gator Student Investment Fund are opened at the beginning of each academic semester. Applicants in their first or second year of study are generally preferred. Most members are Finance, Accounting, and Economics majors with an interest in the Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program.
We are now accepting applications for the Spring 2020 semester of the Gator Student Investment Fund. GSIF gives students the unique opportunity to apply classroom finance concepts to real world investing. Selected students will act as money managers and work on sector teams to analyze equity securities and develop comprehensive reports for trading decisions.
Operational Structure and Responsibilities:
The operation of the fund is overseen by an Executive Board for strategic decisions as well as an Operations Board for tactical implementation. Applicants will be accepted into the fund as Sector Analysts under the supervision and mentorship of eight Sector Leaders. Sector Analysts are the driving force behind the operation of the fund, responsible for the development of investment ideas and compilation of reports under the guidance of their Sector Leader. Sector Analysts will advance to Sector Leaders and other leadership positions based on performance and length of tenure.
Additional Benefits of Involvement:
Involvement in the fund will also provide students with an excellent opportunity for professional development and interview preparation not only through formal programs involving distinguished faculty and alumni but also through the chance to work with the University of Florida’s top students. First semester analysts also learn value investing and financial modeling in a series of hands-on training sessions led by the fund’s Portfolio Managers.
The application process is very selective to ensure new analysts can be trusted to meet the fund’s high expectations. Interested students will follow the three-step process below:
1) Attend Information Session
At the beginning of each semester, the fund holds an information session for interested students where additional detail is provided on the organization’s structure, investment philosophy, and application process. This is an opportunity for students to ask relevant questions to the fund’s leadership while meeting other members of GSIF.
The Fall information session details will be released shortly.
2) Submit Application and Stock Pitch
The GSIF application process has two rounds. In the first round, potential members will submit their application form, resume, and a two-page stock pitch. The stock pitch is an opportunity for interested students to demonstrate work ethic, creativity, and the ability to think as a value investor.
The pitch should include an original investment thesis about why you believe the company is undervalued, why the value will be realized, and data to support your claims.
*If you choose to complete a DCF as part of your pitch, please send your file to email@example.com.
Your resume should be a one-page resume highlighting your campus (or high school) involvement at the University of Florida, community service, work experience, and other pertinent information.
The Fall 2020 application details will be released shortly.
Risk Team Application
The Risk Team is looking to add 1-2 new members in the Fall 2020 semester. There is a separate application, so interested candidates are encouraged to email and state their interest in joining the Risk Team.
3) Interview with Portfolio Managers
From the initial pool of applications received, a few students will be extended an opportunity to interview with the PM’s. These 20-minute interviews have both a behavioral and technical component, and their level of difficulty is appropriately scaled to reflect the applicant’s prior experience. These interviews will be the basis for final decisions on the new analyst class. Email the PM’s with any questions.
What does GSIF look for in potential applicants?
- Strong academic record
- Polished resume with compelling experience
- Intentional effort to understand GSIF and meet its members
- Thoughtful and rigorous effort placed into the stock pitch
- Ability to articulate complex ideas clearly
- Desire and willingness to learn