The UCLA Economics’ William Sharpe Fellows Program was founded in 2008 through the generous support of Kevin Albert ’74 and the UCLA Economics Board of Visitors. The program is named in honor of Nobel Prize-winning economist William F. Sharpe, who received his B.A and Ph.D. from UCLA. The mission of the UCLA Sharpe Fellows Program is to engage UCLA alumni in supporting the career and professional development needs of our high-achieving undergraduate students interested in careers in finance and consulting.

Once selected, each Sharpe Fellow receives targeted mentorship, leadership training, and industry introductions to help them launch a successful career. This includes specific workshops and events that prepare students for summer internship recruiting, while connecting them to both alumni and industry leaders. Currently, the Sharpe Fellows program provides support for Investment Banking, Finance, Consulting, and Technology. Sharpe Fellows 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 since the program’s founding.

For more information, please email us at or visit UCLA Alumni Career Engagement. To learn how to support the UCLA Sharpe Fellows Program, please contact Peter Evans, Executive Director of Development, at

Information for Employers

The UCLA Sharpe Fellows Program identifies UCLA’s brightest and most successful undergraduate students, and our distinguished alumni volunteers interview and select students to be named Sharpe Fellows. The alumni volunteers identify students with strong communication skills, leadership experience, high academic achievement, and an overall drive towards success. The UCLA Department of Economics and the UCLA Economics Board of Visitors are committed to guide and mentor this next generation of leaders from UCLA through this program. Students selected as Sharpe Fellows are announced in early fall.

We invite you to join us in the program where we will work with you to find talented UCLA undergraduates with a strong interest in your firm. The Sharpe Fellows Program is a great way for you to connect with UCLA Economics students as well as top students across campus interested in careers in finance and consulting who will contribute to your organization for years to come.

For additional information or to discuss your organization’s participation in the Sharpe Fellows Program, please email us at

Information for Students

Students undergo an extensive application process to be considered for the program. Applicants must submit a well-crafted resume, a cover letter, and answer a few short essays. Students then participate in Interview Day where they will meet with the alumni selection committee, current Sharpe Fellows, and UCLA staff. 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 information sessions to learn about the application process. The application site is made available during the summer, with the deadline prior to the start of the academic year. For more information, please contact us at