Zurack Scholars Program

Program Overview

The Zurack Scholars Program is an exciting opportunity for Binghamton University undergraduate students in any college or school who have an interest in a finance-related career. This self-paced program is designed to provide students with the skill development opportunities and support necessary to help them successfully embark on careers in investment banking.

In addition to working with other Zurack Scholars, participants in the program will work closely with faculty, members of the student Finance Society, alumni working on Wall Street, and the School of Management Career Services staff.

Program Benefits

Scholars receive the following benefits as part of their participation in the program:

  • In depth training to prepare for careers in the finance industry.
  • Access to the Zurack Trading Room; where scholars can learn, in conjunction with the Binghamton Investment Fund, how to invest real money. 
  • Formal mentorship from current upperclassmen and alumni working in the finance industry.
  • Leadership skills development opportunities; including workshops on business etiquette.
  • One-on-one professional development meetings.
  • Professional interview practice and resume feedback

Students with demonstrated financial need, as determined by the Office of Financial Aid, may also be eligible for scholarship support.

Program Requirements

Program participants are expected to be actively engaged in all opportunities provided through the program. Completion of the program will depend on attendance, participation, mentor feedback, faculty feedback, and completion of all assignments as laid out below:

  • Attendance at CONNECT Employer Treks & Networking Events (NYC, Washington, Boston, West Coast).
  • Meeting with Shelley Dionne, Dean of the SOM.
  • Meeting with Olivia Pasquale, Director of SOM Career Services.
  • Five successful mock interviews with the Finance Society and Director of SOM Career Services (including 3 technical).
  • Two resume approvals from mentors, and final resume approval from SOM Career Services.
  • At least five established networking relationships with professionals.

Applying for the Program

All undergraduate students at Binghamton University, regardless of the school they are in, are eligible to apply for the program if they meet the following criteria:

  • Entering their sophomore year at Binghamton University.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Students can apply for the program by uploading their resume in pdf format to Handshake

The Fall 2023 application deadline is Sunday, October 15th, 2023. 

Interviews will be conducted in November.


Contact Matt Fedorchak, SOM Student and Employer Relations Coordinator, at mfedorch@binghamton.edu or 607-777-6153.