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Finance, Business, and Professional Clubs
Membership means more opportunities
Student-run business and professional clubs at MIT Sloan provide members with exceptional opportunities to dive deeper into their areas of interest. Students who leverage the experiences created by these clubs gain meaningful, real-world exposure; an extensive list of contacts and new connections; and a greater understanding of their personal strengths and career skills — as well as the know-how to effectively apply them to attain their professional goals.
The following business and professional clubs represent a cross-section of the many groups founded by students at MIT Sloan to further their passions and career pursuits.
Entertainment, Media & Sports Club
One of the most active clubs at MIT Sloan, the Entertainment, Media, and Sports (EMS) Club’s diverse offerings include semester-long consulting projects; a speaker series; treks to New York City, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas; and two popular conferences. The EMS Club partners with four other business schools to organize the annual Media and Entertainment Conference (MEC) — a preeminent event for business school students. This valuable educational experience and networking opportunity takes place in New York City and draws students from across the country for a full day of speakers and panels, covering every aspect of the industry. Topics range from entertainment finance and venture capital investing to marketing, digital distribution, and gaming. The EMS Club also proudly sponsors the MIT Sports Analytics Conference, providing an exceptional forum for the discussion of the increasing role of analytics in the sports industry. The two-day event includes breakthrough research presentations, talks with leading industry executives, and an industry trade show. Featured speakers in 2011 included Apolo Anton Ohno, eight-time Olympic Gold Medalist in speed skating; Bill Simmons, ESPN columnist; and Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and co-founder and chairman of HDNet. In addition, EMS Club members can gain hands-on experience as part of a student team, providing free consulting on strategic issues and marketing needs for companies in the entertainment, media, and sports industry, such as the Boston Bruins and Converse.
The MIT Sloan Finance Club is the principle resource for students interested in investment banking. The Finance Club works to educate students about the opportunities available in the investment banking industry and provides the tools and support required to successfully navigate the recruiting process. Early in October, in conjunction with the Career Development Office, the Finance Club hosts New York Finance Day, a two-day Sloan-only event in which club members visit several investment banks in NY for panel discussions, lunches, and presentations. The Finance Club also offers one-on-one resume feedback sessions and distributes a comprehensive recruiting and interview guide to assist its members in the process of navigating the fall recruiting season. Finally, the club offers a mentorship program where first year finance club members are each paired with a second year student in the Finance Club who went through the recruiting process and secured a summer internship at an investment bank.
Investment Management Club
The MIT Sloan Investment Management Club (IMC) is dedicated to providing a forum for exchange of ideas and matching of talent between the Investment Management community, MIT Sloan alumni and current students. The IMC seeks to leverage MIT Sloan’s reputation in Finance and the extensive MIT Sloan alumni network in the Investment Management field to provide relationships and visibility to its partners and members.The IMC hosts a series of lectures and interactions with industry practitioners, stock pitch sessions, visits to investment management firms and helps to manage the relationship of recruiters with MIT Sloan. Additionally, through the Sloan Educational Trust Fund, the IMC provides hands-on experience to students in managing money.
The MIT Sloan Marketing Club is committed to enhancing Sloan's brand and reputation as a premiere source of marketing talent and industry innovation. We work with esteemed faculty to prepare and educate the Sloan community in both fundamentals and trends, giving our students a marketing edge in theirfield of choice. The Marketing Club facilitates action-learning projects, highly esteemed guest lectures, and peer-led workshops all to cultivate marketing skill and savvy.
MIT Sloan Coder's Club
The MIT Sloan Coder’s Club provides an accessible, results-focused forum for MIT Sloan students to learn the basics of programming and be able to start building apps and start-ups on their own. The club also allows students to engage in activities to build knowledge, such as hack-a-thons and hosted talks, to understand issues of software architecture and to promote better informed business leaders interested in the technology space.
MIT Sloan Energy Club
Supporting MIT’s quest to help solve the energy problems of the world, the MIT Sloan Energy Club focuses on the business, finance, and strategic issues of the energy industry and its environmental impact. The Club sponsors lectures by industry leaders and provides opportunities for one-on-one interaction with executives through its breakfast series. Energy treks to companies throughout Massachusetts, and to locations as diverse as Silicon Valley, the Middle East, and Europe, provide even more exposure to cutting-edge energy initiatives. The Club actively collaborates with other groups on the MIT campus, including the 1,500-member, campus-wide MIT Energy Club, to disseminate current information about energy and the environment. Club members also work closely with the MIT Sloan Career Development Office to sponsor energy-related company information sessions and recruiting events.
MIT Sloan Healthcare Club
The MIT Sloan Healthcare Club is a resource for students from across MIT who are interested in the healthcare and life sciences industry. Our mission is threefold: First, enable current members to obtain internships and jobs in the healthcare and life sciences industry through various club-sponsored activities, including networking events and company site visits. Second, promote the development of future healthcare leaders while creating a fun and supportive community. Third, by leveraging MIT’s academic strengths and local biopharmaceutical industry and teaching hospitals, host the world’s leading conference focused on innovation in the healthcare business - MIT Sloan BioInnovations Conference.
MIT Sloan Operations Management Club
The MIT Sloan Operations Management Club hosts an online operations simulation competition called Ops Sim Com that attracts more than 140 teams from around the world. The contest challenges teams of students to design the most profitable factory during an intense 72-hour online simulation, with a grand prize of $3,500. In addition, the Club works to enhance students’ knowledge of operations by bringing speakers to campus, and by offering plant and company tours, such as past visits to the Amazon Fulfillment Center and to Ocean Spray. During the Independent Activities Period (IAP) in January, Club members may choose to participate in the annual Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Plant Tour. This unparalleled opportunity to visit actual factory floors includes interactions with company executives and a chance to discuss current issues affecting U.S. manufacturing. Recent LGO Plant Tours have included trips to the Boeing Company, Ford Motor Company, Intel Corporation, and Dell, Inc. Other club activities include fielding a team that competes in the Carnegie Mellon case competition, and working closely with the MIT Sloan Career Development Office to bring operations recruiters to campus.
MIT Venture Capital & Private Equity Club
One of the largest and most visible organizations on campus, the MIT Venture Capital & Private Equity (VCPE) Club provides members with numerous opportunities to learn about investment capital. The VCPE Club organizes and provides management for two major nationwide conferences, the MIT Venture Capital (VC) Conference in the fall, and the MIT Private Equity (PE) Symposium in the spring. The VC Conference is one of the largest and most prominent VC gatherings in the country, bringing together venture capitalists, rising entrepreneurs, and industry leaders to discuss current opportunities and challenges in venture capital investing. The PE Symposium addresses cutting-edge trends and recent developments in the private equity industry and attracts 300 to 400 industry professionals and students. In addition to hosting speaker series, breakfast discussions, and other networking opportunities, the VCPE Club promotes and develops entrepreneurship through the commercialization of MIT technologies. Partnering with the MIT Venture Mentoring Service and the Science and Engineering Business Club, VCPE Club created VentureShips, a program bringing teams of cross-departmental MIT students to work with local, MIT-affiliated startup companies. Club members and students from across MIT also can compete in the MIT Sloan Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC). The VCIC allows students to experience life as a venture capitalist, as their teams sift through business ideas and pitches of real-life entrepreneurs in a quest to find the winning idea.
Quantitative Finance Club
The MIT Sloan Quantitative Finance Club (QFC) is a student-run organization with the goal of ensuring that MIT Sloan is a focal point among the quantitative finance community. With a rich heritage that includes the introduction of the Black-Scholes model and continuous time finance, MIT Sloan has been the center for the creation and development of modern theories in mathematical finance. Following in these footsteps, the QFC seeks to help in the professional development of those students interested in quantitative finance careers, to foster the sharing of information concerning quantitatively driven financial topics amongst the entire MIT Sloan community, and to build relationships between MIT Sloan and quantitative finance practitioners.
Sloan Entrepreneurs for International Development
The mission of the Sloan Entrepreneurs for International Development (SEID) is to drive sustainable global development through entrepreneurship. SEID action learning projects apply classroom learning to harness the power of new business ventures that develop innovative, market-based solutions to current world challenges. These entrepreneurial companies represent a host of different industries in developing countries such as Tanzania, Iraq, Ghana, India, Liberia, and Nicaragua. SEID projects are entirely student led, offering unique flexibility in structuring the work. Hands-on projects have included performing market studies, as well as developing franchising strategies, financial models, and business plans. Students work on their projects during the fall semester, often choosing to spend MIT’s Independent Activities Period (IAP) on-site at their partner companies to implement their recommendations. SEID also hosts career panels, lunch seminars, mixers, and networking opportunities for students interested in careers in international development.
Additional business and professional club options include TechLink, one of the largest student organizations on campus — designed to generate social interaction across school and departmental lines for personal and professional development, as well as the Finance Club, Business in Gaming Club, MIT Sloan Healthcare Club, and the Real Estate Club.
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