Xavier launches new internship program for business students at the Fifth Third Trading Center

| July 8, 2013

Twelve undergraduate business students have been selected to participate in the first year of the Fifth Third Trading Center Internship Program beginning this fall.

Launched by the Williams College of Business’s Department of Finance and the Fifth Third Trading Center, which is funded by the Fifth Third Foundation and located at the college, the internship program provides students the opportunity to obtain practical business skills prior to graduation.

The interns, all undergraduate business students, specialize in at least one of the financial software programs available in the trading center—Bloomberg, Capital IQ, Value Line or S&P Research Insight. They work in teams to develop and present educational materials. And they assist users in the center’s trading room, manage the trading center’s operations, engage in community outreach and manage the center’s web presence.

“Being trained in the software available in the Fifth Third Trading Center gives Xavier students a six-month lead over those from other schools,” said Jamie Pawlukiewicz, professor of finance and director of the trading center. “The Fifth Third Trading Center is a student-run organization. Each intern becomes a specialist in one or more of the software packages offered by the center and helps to train other students in their use.”

“Education has always been a key focus area for the Fifth Third Foundation,” said Heidi B. Jark, vice president and manager of The Foundation Office at Fifth Third Bank. “Helping to fund the establishment of the Fifth Third Trading Center at Xavier University continues to pay dividends for local college students. The Fifth Third Foundation congratulates these interns and is pleased to help provide this innovative educational experience.”

Since 2011, the Fifth Third Foundation has made annual grants of $100,000 to underwrite operating costs for the Fifth Third Trading Center at the Williams College of Business. The center’s trading room is the largest Bloomberg-equipped facility and Wall-Street-style trading room among universities in the country. Since its opening, the center has trained more than 500 students, faculty and staff on its 44 Bloomberg terminals.

Undergraduate and graduate students use the financial information available in the center and apply analytics to make business and investment decisions. The center provides technology support for Xavier’s two student investment funds, which manage more than $3 million dollars of the University’s endowment. The center also provides support for classes, workshops for students and faculty, research by faculty and student, and executive education for financial professionals.

For more information about the Fifth Third Trading Center and the Williams College of Business, please visit the college's website.