The Bruin Development Academy (BDA) for Banking and Finance is designed for students interested in exploring and pursuing careers in finance! This program will introduce participants to the world of finance, provide a roadmap for pursuing summer internships, and will teach valuable communication and technical skills needed to succeed in this profession. Participants will have the opportunity to build a professional network of like-minded peers also interested in finance, and to connect with several UCLA alumni that currently work in finance.

Program Eligibility

The Banking & Finance BDA is open to ALL academic majors and ALL grade levels. There is a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA requirement.

High priority and preference will be given to the following applicants:

  • 3.5 GPA or higher
  • Sophomores (Graduating December 2024 - June 2025)
  • Freshmen (December 2025 - June 2026)
  • First-generation college students (first in their family to attend college)


Previous internship, work, or other types of professional experience is not required. This program is particularly recommended for students that are: not familiar with finance, have not had any finance internships, or are not involved with a finance organization. Successful applicants should demonstrate in their short essays an excitement and eagerness to learn about finance, and a strong work ethic.

Attendance Policy
Required Attendance: If selected to the Banking & Finance BDA, participants are required to attend all program sessions. If you are interested in the program, please avoid scheduling classes during these dates and times:

  • Thursday, January 12, 6 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 19, 6 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 26, 6 - 8:00 p.m.


Application Information
DEADLINE: Wednesday, January 4 at 11:59 p.m.

Admission is competitive, and the BDA is limited to 60 students. Your application materials will factor in to your admission status. Please use the application to clearly articulate your career goals and how this BDA will help you achieve them.

For any questions, please contact ace@support.ucla.edu. 

Alumni Career Engagement