Work With Us
We are seeking passionate individuals to join our 50-person investment and operations team. Professionals sit together in an open office, where you will collaborate with senior team members and actively contribute to important decisions. We believe the apprenticeship model is a great way to grow as an investment professional, and you will receive training and mentorship from the entire team, as well as interacting with our external partners from around the world. Our global, multi-asset class investment portfolio provides critical support to Stanford’s educational and research mission. We offer exceptional opportunities for those interested in mission-oriented long-term investment.
SMC shares Stanford’s commitment to promoting diverse, inclusive, and equitable spaces. We believe that a culture that welcomes diversity in thought, identity, and perspective facilitates better decision-making and overall outcomes. We adhere to all relevant University employment policies, including those found here: Equal Opportunity Policy
Investment Team – Summer Analyst
As a summer intern, you will work on dedicated projects and gain meaningful exposure to finance and long‐term investment. You will present in weekly investment team meetings, interact with investment managers, and help monitor existing investments. We will train you in financial modeling and due diligence techniques, teach you the fundamentals of asset allocation, and familiarize you with the process of selecting high-quality investment managers. You will receive training and mentorship from our entire team. Successful interns may be considered for full‐time analyst positions post-graduation.
June 2023 | Recruiting Open
Investment Team – Analyst
As a full-time member of our team, you will hone your quantitative and qualitative investment skills. You will research potential new investment partners, present in weekly investment team meetings, write investment recommendations, and lead special projects. We will teach you the fundamentals of asset allocation, including mean-variance optimization, and the process of selecting investment managers and underwriting investments. You will learn about a broad variety of investment strategies and asset classes. You will gain financial modeling skills, improve your written communication, and learn due diligence techniques. You will travel occasionally, typically to major financial centers in the U.S. and abroad.
September 2023 | Recruiting Open
Investment Roles FAQ
What does SMC look for in a candidate?
- Strong critical thinking
- Confidence to ask questions and give opinions based on observations/analysis
- A combination of strong qualitative and quantitative capabilities
- Proven work ethic and consistent attention to detail
- Intellectual curiosity and a passion for investing
- Outstanding record of academic achievement
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collaborative team setting
Does SMC prefer candidates with specific academic backgrounds?
We accept candidates from any major and course of study. Our team has a broad variety of academic backgrounds. For instance, Managing Director Mary Mei double majored in Economics and Chinese, Associate Andrew Elott was a History major, and Analyst Megan Byrnes was an MS&E major.
Does SMC prefer Summer Analysts from a specific year of study?
We will consider current undergraduates, with priority given to upper-level students.
What are possible career paths after working at SMC?
We operate as a meritocracy, and we view the Analyst position as the beginning of a challenging and rewarding career in investment. If you are successful, we hope you will work at Stanford for many years. Previous Analysts and Associates have also gone on to attend top-ranked business schools, joined notable investment firms, or taken other roles within institutional investing.
What is the best part of being an Analyst?
“Getting to learn about investing from people who are at the top of their game alongside amazing colleagues.” Federica Roth, Senior Analyst
“Working as a generalist across asset classes and geographies widens your perspective and helps you develop as an investor in your own right.” Andrew Elott, Associate
“SMC is an incredible place to learn about a variety of asset classes from a talented team and world-class investment managers, all while supporting Stanford’s mission.”
Jennifer Peterson, Associate
“As a Summer Analyst with SMC I learned so much. Everyone on the team was incredibly supportive, and I never felt nervous about asking questions or voicing my opinion. I really appreciated having the opportunity to join calls with prospective and current managers; how often do you get the chance to learn from some of the world’s best investment professionals?
Even in a virtual environment, I felt like I got to know the whole team, and I’m excited about the possibility of working with them again in the future.”
Polly Moser, Summer Intern 2020
Ashley Volpenhein, Analyst (Summer Intern 2020)
“Interning with SMC was a great introduction to the world of investing. From meeting inspiring investors, to learning the basics of endowment-style investment management, to bonding at social events, SMC went out of its way to ensure that I had a rewarding internship. The ability to access such a rich and intellectually engaging experience as an undergraduate is a special opportunity, and the underlying mission of supporting Stanford University provides a unique sense of purpose to SMC’s work. My internship opened my eyes to the possibilities of a career in investing and sparked an ongoing, fulfilling passion.”
Charlie Killebrew, Associate (Summer Intern 2016)
Alexander Lam, Summer Intern 2019