Allegheny Students Learn Real-World Banking & Finance in Cleveland

Allegheny College Students, Faculty and Staff on tour at the Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank
Allegheny College Students, Faculty and Staff on tour at the Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank

On a brisk January day, Allegheny students attended a banking and finance panel organized by Blue Point Capital Partners, attended a networking lunch, and finished the day with a tour of the Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank.

Allegheny alumnus Sean Ward ’89, Partner, Blue Point Capital organized a banking panel in Key Tower with Greg Ward ’94, Senior Vice President – Institutional Commercial Real Estate, Huntington National Bank and Stacy Moritz Corbin ’89, Managing Director Syndicated Finance, Key Banc, to share their career journey with students along with information on how they use economic theory and data on a day-by-day basis.  Key Tower colleagues with liberal arts degrees joined the panel to encourage and confirm to Allegheny students that liberal arts graduates are not only highly valued in banking and finance, liberal arts students are in high demand.

The group traveled to a networking lunch with local Allegheny alumni where students were able to get career advice and make life long connections.  After lunch, the group attended a special tour at the Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank where students learned a great deal about the history of banking and the role that Federal Reserve Banks play in the banking industry.

Here’s a sample of what students had to say:

“I think the trip was amazing (despite the howling winds in downtown Cleveland), and that others should really look at trips like these in the future. I think it was great for the department to help organize it, and I want to make sure you know I had a great time and felt as if it gave me a lot of insight [into] the real financial world.”

“I really enjoyed the trip to Cleveland.  My favorite part was the lunch and being able to converse with alumni.”

Major City Trips are designed to enable students to travel to a major metropolitan area, visit leading corporations and interact with business leaders.  Students can explore first-hand internship and entry-level opportunities, interview for open positions and meet with successful Allegheny alumni.

Major City Trips are made possible through the generosity of Allegheny Trustee Bruce Thompson ’86, Vice Chairman, Bank of America.