Trott Business Program

UChicago’s business career programs build on the world-class UChicago liberal arts education to give students who are interested in business a competitive edge in their professional development. While activities and requirements differ by program, key tenets of each experience are to engage with like-minded students to build business and industry knowledge, strengthen professional skills, and enhance recruiting strategies to support internship and full-time recruiting goals.  Students engaging in these programs are interested in a wide range of business careers including (but not limited to) consulting, investment banking, investment management, private equity, sales & trading, corporate and e-commerce, marketing, and advertising.

Industry-experienced advising and comprehensive business programming is offered through three main opportunities: the Trott Business Program, the Financial Markets Program, and Business Career Services.

The Trott Business Program offers:

  • Selective admission to a three-year program focusing on broad preparation for the business world,  featuring a comprehensive education focused on developing both technical skills and crucial business skills such as interviewing, networking, and professional presence.
  • Partnership and opportunities to engage with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, among the top business schools in the world.
  • Career guidance and recruiting support from a dedicated, industry-experienced advising team.

The Trott Business Program is a community of students who share a common interest in careers in business.  Members will work with a dedicated career adviser to explore career opportunities and navigate internship and full-time recruiting.  The program also provides members with a variety of tailored skill-building workshops conducted by industry leaders, career exploration events, employer site visits, invitations to distinguished speaker events, and on-campus networking events.  In addition, members have access to domestic and international treks to explore specific regions, take a deeper dive into one industry, and connect with local recruiters and regional employees and UChicago alumni.

Partnership with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business

UChicago undergraduates have access to business courses at the world-renowned Chicago Booth School of Business.  The Trott Business Program’s partnership with Booth engages students in Chicago Booth coursework and enables students to participate in the Chicago Booth Leadership Effectiveness and Development (LEAD) workshops in order to increase their self-awareness and interpersonal effectiveness.  All students in the program will complete two Booth courses, one of which must be Financial Accounting.  In addition, the program offers connections with current MBA mentors who can provide advice on topics such as resumes, career development, and job search strategies

The Financial Markets Program offers:

  • Selective admission to a three-year program focusing on quantitative finance and proprietary trading careers
  • Recruiting support from a dedicated, industry-experienced advising team
  • Opportunity for hands-on experience in algorithmic trading through the annual UChicago Midwest Trading Competition

The Financial Markets Program provides students with exposure to  mathematical modeling, programming, and other quantitative topics to support career interests in trading, financial modeling, or quantitative analysis. The program offers weekly workshops on topics such as Market Making and Options Theory, and gives members exclusive access to site visit experiences to some of Chicago’s premier proprietary trading firms and the chance to engage with employers in their workplace.

Business Career Services offers:

  • Open enrollment access for students who are not in selective programs or who desire a less-structured option
  • Recruiting support from a dedicated, industry-experienced advising team
  • Collaboration with Trott Business Program and Financial Markets Program advising teams

Business Career Services offers specialized programming, counseling appointments, and alumni connections for students interested in a variety of business careers. The program does not require an application, and undergraduates from any major are encouraged to be involved. Throughout the year, workshops, counseling appointments, and site visits to firms in Chicago and beyond allow students to broadly explore potential career paths. Business Career Services helps students interested in business to navigate and succeed at every step in the career process, from preparing for the very first interview to securing a full-time job in their desired industry upon graduation.

Support UChicago Business Programs

Alumni involvement and the participation of experienced professionals are key components of the success of UChicago’s business career programs. If you are interested in volunteering with these programs, there are a number of ways to get involved, including industry exploration sessions, panel discussions, practice interviews, mentoring, and sponsoring an extern or intern. Interested in volunteering? Contact Nancy Schaller, Director of Business Programs, at