Investment Research and Asset Management

The Investment Research and Asset Management (IRAM) Immersion

Work on a real hedge fund and learn firsthand how finance is practiced on Wall Street with this hands-on immersion.


Students enrolled in the IRAM immersion, formerly known as capital markets and asset management (CMAM) immersion, acquire critical financial modeling knowledge, analytical tools, and unique hands-on experiences that set them up for success. Prior to setting foot on campus, students dive right in with a summer prep course in equity research, followed by an August stock-pitch boot camp, and a September alumni-mentored stock-pitch weekend. In addition, students work alongside second-year MBA portfolio managers on the Cayuga MBA Fund in this intensive immersion.

Career Paths

  • Investment management
  • Investment research
  • Wealth management
  • Sales and trading

A Sample of Companies Recruiting Here

Recent IRAM immersion students secured MBA internships and full-time employment at prestigious banks, financial institutions, and corporations such as:

  • Goldman Sachs
  • Barclays
  • T. Rowe Price
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Allianz Bernstein
  • UBS
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • RBC Global Asset Management
  • Citi
  • MetLife

And more.


Students get the most intensive, realistic training available, taking advantage of Johnson’s Parker Center for Investment Research, participating in stock-pitch competitions, networking with executives from top financial firms, and managing Johnson’s Cayuga MBA hedge fund.

Curriculum Details

From core courses focused on asset management and valuation to working the Cayuga Fund, this intensive immersion launches students right into the industry and enables them to acquire firsthand knowledge and experience that can only be developed through practice. IRAM’s dynamic curriculum includes:

  • Core courses in valuation and asset management
  • Elective courses in accounting, financial statement analysis, financial modeling, and macroeconomics
  • Performance learning project working on the Cayuga Fund

Key Skills Developed

The semester in the investment research and asset management immersion cultivates and strengthens your skill sets with a special focus on:

  • Valuing stocks and bonds
  • Analyzing and developing a deep understanding of metrics, trends, and data
  • Reporting data and findings

Clubs & Associations

Take advantage of clubs, associations, and networking opportunities related to the Investment Research and Asset Management Immersion, such as:

Old Ezra Finance Club

The Finance Club, named after Ezra Cornell, the founder of this renowned Ivy League University, is the oldest and largest club at Cornell’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management.

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Investment Research and Asset Management

Learning from Top Industry Leaders


Samuel Kessler Swenson, MBA ‘15