Evan Burroughs7forWPSince middle school, Evan Burroughs planned to attend another Florida university.  But USF’s Bulls Business Community – an invitation-only program where like-minded high achieving freshmen live and study together – caused him to change direction.  He credits the BBC with setting him on a path that led him to discover his interests and plan his future career as an equity research professional.

He discovered the field, in part, because of the BBC’s corporate tours, study abroad opportunities that emphasized data analysis, and opportunities for students to interact with financial services industry leaders.  Later, as part of the rigorous Applied Securities Analysis course, he had a chance to apply classroom theory with real-world application as part of a team managing $260,000 in the exclusive Student Managed Investment Fund. In the program, he elected to help write an investment policy statement for Metropolitan Ministries to help the non-profit counter the effects of donation seasonality.

As a result, Burroughs was offered an internship at MacDill AFB, working in the 6th Force Support Squadron’s non-appropriated accounting office, where he processed financial documents for a $3 million budget.  His supervisor there recognized Burroughs as a highly driven quick learner who is able to think critically and analyze complex financial data.

Today, Burroughs is a financial analyst intern at Jacobs Technology, producing forecasting models for its Special Operations Group. One of his projects, which dealt with $30 million in fringe benefits, is now being used as a working model within the company.  He will begin graduate business coursework next semester and plans to sit for the CFA exam in 2014.