The Financial Planning program at the University of Georgia offers unique opportunities for students to explore the profession outside of the classroom. Hands-on experience and networking skills are essential for young professionals looking to succeed in the industry. Below are some of the ways students can get involved on campus and build their resumes.
Get real-world internship experience as a financial service provider for UGA’s Aspire Clinic. Potential clients include UGA students, faculty, and staff, as well as individuals and families in the Athens area. Areas of assistance include financial check-ups, loan or debt management, budgeting, tax planning, major purchases, retirement plans, and more.
Contact: Megan Ford
The SFPA is a network of students with an interest in financial planning. Open to all majors, the SFPA meets bi-weekly, featuring leading financial planning practitioners. SFPA members also attend networking events with the Financial Planning Association, the Financial Therapy Association, and the Atlanta Financial Planning Association.
In the Spring Semester, eligible students can participate in VITA, a collaboration with Georgia United Credit Union and other nonprofit agencies to provide Athens area residents with free income tax assistance. Future financial planners can sharpen their tax knowledge and develop client communication skills while assisting others in the Athens community. Students will also receive course credit for their service. Volunteers must have taken a class on federal income taxation or have instructor approval with past work experience to participate.
Contact: Diane Costyn
Each summer, UGA Financial Planning graduate students host the annual Money Dawgs camp for kids ages 11-14. Financial Planning students teach kids valuable lessons in personal finances, teamwork, and communication through fun, hands-on activities. Future financial planners will benefit from Money Dawgs camp by developing their own counseling skills.
Contact: Michael Thomas
Represent Financial Planning on campus as part of the FACS Ambassador program. These students represent the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at a variety of events such as career days, recruiting activities, alumni functions, special visitation days, high school student activities, seminars and receptions. At all times, the student representatives act as true ambassadors of the College via their language, appearance and activities
Contact: Student Advising and Success Center
The Financial Planning Mentor Program connects current Senior and Graduate students of the FHCE Financial Planning Program with Financial Planning Alumni. Mentees receive guidance and advice on their professional development, knowledge on industry insight and the opportunity to meet and network with those currently in the industry. Both Mentors and Mentees have the option to select between two membership types that best fit their wants and schedules. Applications are accepted for both Mentors and Mentees year round.
Doctoral students have a unique opportunity to participate in research through the Financial Planning Performance Lab. Research teams are focused on improving the financial planning experience through the study of financial risk tolerance, behavioral financial planning, and wealth volatility management.
Contact: John Grable
The University of Georgia recently approved a policy allowing undergraduate students to take 12 graduate credits that can count toward both their Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. Current plans are being developed for Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology, Biology, and Social Work, with more to come.