The William Sharpe Fellows program was created in 2008 as a way to engage UCLA alumni in supporting the career and professional development needs of undergraduate students at UCLA. Named in honor of Nobel Prize-winning UCLA alumnus, the program has been successful in bringing together top employers with our brightest students.

By leveraging connections and partnerships with both alumni and industry leaders, Sharpe Fellows receive assistance in securing a summer internship in an industry of their interest. Currently, the Sharpe Fellows program provides support for many industries, including Investment Banking, Finance, Consulting and Tech/Startups.

Once selected, each Sharpe Fellow receives targeted mentorship, training and industry introductions to help launch a successful career. UCLA Sharpe Fellows and have accepted internships at top companies including Goldman Sachs, PWC, J.P. Morgan, EY, Deloitte, KPMG, PIMCO, Credit Suisse, Google, Apple and Intel. Most impressive of all, 100% of Sharpe Fellows have received a summer internship placement. A full list of past Sharpe Fellows and placements can be found here.

Application Process

Students undergo an extensive application process to be considered for the program. In addition to a well-crafted resume and cover letter, applicants must write a one-page personal essay and complete an interview with the alumni selection committee. The committee looks for students with strong communication skills, leadership experience, high academic achievement, and an overall drive for success in their industry of interest.

Recruitment for the program begins in the spring where students may attend info sessions to learn about the application process. Current and former Sharpe Fellows help lead the sessions to share their experience in completing the application and participating in the interview day. The application site is made available during the summer, while the final deadline to complete applications is typically Week 1 of the Fall Quarter.

2016-2017 Timeline

The application process for the 2017 Sharpe Fellows Internship Program is now closed. For prospective applicants – the following will be pieces needed for the application in the Fall quarter:

  • A one-page resume – include any internships/experience from this summer and relevant industry exposure or training
  • A one-page cover letter – written specifically for this program and highlighting what you bring as an applicant. Be sure to speak to your experience and how it relates to your chosen industry
  • A one-page essay – focused on “your outside interests and any life experiences that set you apart as one of UCLA’s best.”

Your documents may be written in separate files; however, only PDF files will be accepted.

Click the button below to submit you application materials.

Priority Deadline: Sept. 14, 5 p.m. (for best consideration, please apply by priority deadline)
Final Deadline: Sept. 28, 5 p.m. (all applicants must apply by this date).

Interview Schedule (selected applicants only)

Friday, October 7 – Interviews for Investment Banking and Buy-side Finance
Friday, October 28 – Interviews for General Finance, Consulting and Tech/Startups

If you are interested in learning more about the program prior to applying, feel free to attend any of our upcoming info sessions.

Fall, 2016 Information Sessions

Monday, Sept. 19, 5-6 p.m., James West Alumni Center – Founders’ Room
Tuesday, Sept. 20, 5-6 p.m., James West Alumni Center – Founders’ Room
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 5-6 p.m., James West Alumni Center – Founders’ Room
Thursday, Sept. 22, 12-1 p.m., Bunche 2249
Friday, Sept. 23, 12-1 p.m., Bunche 2249

For questions, please contact partnership@partnership.ucla.edu or (310) 825-5242.