Quantitative Finance

Summer Associate

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Placement and duration

The Quantitative Finance Summer Program is an intensive 10-week program that provides Summer Associates the opportunity to work alongside full-time professionals on impactful, quantitative projects. Summer Associates will work within an assigned Desk Strats or Modeling team. These teams are primarily embedded within the Firm's Sales & Trading organization and provide critical quantitative solutions for the businesses they support. The multi-faceted program features senior quant teach-in sessions, Sales and Trading speaker series, product area training, networking events, and community service. With individual coaching and continuous feedback, the program enables Summer Associates to experience and understand what a long-term career with the Firm entails.

Training program

The summer will kick off with a week-long introductory training program, which provides context to the work that Summer Associates will be doing through market-knowledge training, educational workshops, and basic product and technical training. Following the training week, Summer Associates will continue to receive more individualized, on-the-job training as they join their assigned desks and begin their daily work and projects. Summer Associates will have a direct manager, as well as a program mentor, both of whom will act as invaluable resources to the Associates throughout their time at Morgan Stanley.

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Teams/Responsibilities within Quantitative Finance fall within (2) general areas:

  • Desk Strategists are key participants in revenue-generating activities. They provide quantitative support to the trading and sales desks to drive trading decisions, analyze and manage risk. They also deliver pricing and marking models, and create trader and sales efficiency tools.
  • Modelers are focused on the more longer-term solutions required by the business. Modelers partner with Desk Strats in design, execution, and delivery. They develop models and analytical infrastructure to take and manage risk and are focused on ensuring technical efficiency to create profitable strategies.

Qualifications/ Skills/ Requirements

  • You are pursuing a PhD degree with expertise in Financial Engineering, Mathematics, Financial Math, Physics, Statistics, Engineering, Quantitative Finance, Computer Science, or other related quantitative field.
  • You are completing your degree during or after December 2019.
  • You have excellent programming skills.
  • You have strong mathematical academic training.
  • You have a keen interest in financial markets.
  • You have the drive and desire to work in an intense team-oriented environment.
  • You have excellent decision-making abilities.


Morgan Stanley New York

Founded in New York City in 1935, Morgan Stanley has evolved into one of the world's foremost financial institutions, with more than 55,000 employees in 43 countries. Our New York headquarters offers the finest in financial thinking, products and execution to individual investors, companies, institutions and government agencies. We offer our clients the personalized attention and service of a boutique, the intelligence and creativity of the brightest professionals in the industry and the global resources of Morgan Stanley.

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Application Process & Deadlines

Students must apply online at www.morganstanley.com/campus.

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