ODI students awarded summer fellowships at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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ODI students awarded summer fellowships at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

By Aaron Marshall

Summer break means a crash course in business finance for a quintet of ODI sophomores who are among 11 Ohio State students tapped for a special summer fellowship program at JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPMC).

ODI students Alberto Casas, Jasmine Binns, Taylor McKinstry, Amanda Belmar and Madison Kittrell are taking part in the Advancing Black Pathways Fellowship Program, a paid program for diverse students at the finance giant that sharpens student skills through hands on experiences, mentorships, and a project-based curriculum.

The six-week program is designed to build early professional development skills and attract interest in career opportunities at JPMC from Black undergraduates. The program is broken into two parts: A four-week course in general business acumen followed by a two-week deep dive into one of five specific JPMC department. The five JPMC departments that students pick from are corporate and investment banking, commercial banking, asset and wealth management, software engineering, and corporate strategy and general management.

“This program gives these students an inside look at our operations while growing their professional skills,” said Alec Koppes, a JPMC employee who serves as the company's liaison to ODI. “It's a great way for them to get their foot in the door, and explore whether the banking and finance world could be for them.”

Typically, most of the participants in the program are offered JPMC internships the following summer with many program graduates eventually landing post-college employment with the company, according to JPMC.

A partnership between JPMC and ODI was launched in 2019 when the banking giant made unprecedented commitments to greater diversity, equity and inclusion including a $2.5 million pledge to ODI. With a litany of internship opportunities, financial literacy workshops and special roundtable discussions, the partnership is designed for a diverse group of talented young people to land at JPMC from the Young Scholars Program, the Morrill Scholars Program and other ODI flagship programs.