Goldman Sachs Engages With Aspiring Investors at Student Stock Pitch Competition

Northwestern University students put their best stock pitch abilities to the test by participating in the inaugural Northwestern University Stock Pitch Competition, an on-campus competition hosted by Goldman Sachs.

Judges from Goldman Sachs’ Securities Division in the Chicago office evaluated eight teams of freshmen and sophomores on their ability to present a clear and convincing buy or sell strategy on a single stock within the S&P 500. These aspiring investment professionals impressed all three judges -  Sami Kamhawi, managing director in Core Franchise; Amie, vice president in Derivative Sales; and Ryan, vice president in Core Franchise.

“I was thoroughly impressed by the students – their knowledge of the markets, how well they presented themselves and how quickly they were able to turn around a comprehensive pitch in such a short time,” Amie said.

Sami pointed out the high level of teamwork the 32 students demonstrated, a key attribute Goldman Sachs seeks in recruits. “We were highly impressed with the caliber of effort and teamwork from all the participants. They exhibited a lot of the traits that we look for. It was a very enjoyable and worthwhile event that not only helps with GS’s branding on campus, but provides us with another avenue to identify high potential candidates early on.”

Goldman Sachs has seen rising demand among students to interact with the company via experiential learning activities and the firm’s Talent Acquisition University Relations Team collaborates with student groups such as Northwestern’s Undergraduate Economic Society to bring these experiences to campus.

“We understand that students want more interactive engagement with companies as part of their recruitment process. They prefer to learn about the firm and its people through activities and workshops with its people,” said the manager of Goldman Sachs’ University Relations Team.

Goldman Sachs rewarded the first and second place teams with lunch and a site visit hosted by professionals in the Chicago office.

“The stock pitch competition was such a great experience for me and I took a lot away from it,” said second place winner Selin. “Visiting the office in Chicago and talking to other professionals gave me a great overview of the business and I had an amazing time there. Hearing about their work and careers really inspired me and I am very eager to gain more experience in the field of investment banking. I really appreciate that I was able to participate in something like this.”

The wheels are already in motion for next year’s competition at Northwestern and for Goldman Sachs-hosted experiential learning activities on select campuses across the United States.


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