Bradley partners with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney for internship

November 16, 2010

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, one of the top financial service investment firms in the world, is aligning itself with Bradley University through a new internship program to begin next spring.

“Morgan Stanley Smith Barney manages a huge amount of money in portfolios both for individuals and institutions,” said Dr. Philip Horvath, chair of the Department of Finance and Quantitative Methods. “So this is a good opportunity.”

The selected intern will work directly with the Cornerstone Capital Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney 10 hours a week analyzing security returns, portfolios, policies, and strategies. They will deal with professionals and face real-life problems, using legitimate data in order to provide recommendations to the firm.

One student will be chosen for this internship per semester.

Those eligible to apply are graduate students in the Master of Science in Quantitative Force (BS-MSQF or MSQF) programs.

“It’s an opportunity for our students to get exposed to the kind of environment and the types of activities they’re going to be engaged in as graduates of the MSQF program,” Horvath said.

The MSQF program prepares students in the areas of understanding, modeling, and determining solutions to complex financial problems such as risk management and derivatives. 

Bradley’s 3:2 Master of Science accounting program allows a student to earn a masters degree in quantitative finance in five years.

Despite the quick pace of the program, students receive an accounting education that has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).  Bradley has been accredited by the AACSB, the leading entity for certifying degree programs in business administration and accounting, since 1984.

Horvath expects Bradley’s partnership with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney will be a great fit.

“It’s the first internship that’s focused on the MSQF program,” Horvath said. “It’s a recognition of the value of the program to the students and to the financial services industry.”