Will Bakos is an excellent student, evidenced by his 3.90 GPA and frequent appearance on the dean’s list. He has been awarded five academic scholarships at USF, and, during his junior year, he was invited to join Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society.
A former resident of the Bulls Business Community, Bakos served as a resident assistant for USF Housing during the 2009-2011 academic year. He helped coordinate special programs and mentored younger students who were struggling to balance social opportunities with academic responsibilities.
As a result of his outstanding academic performance, Bakos was selected to participate in the invitation-only Applied Securities Analysis course, a rigorous class where ten students manage a $210,000 portfolio. The long-term goal of the course is to teach the best students how to research, pitch, and manage stocks while growing the fund to $2 million in order to provide scholarships for business students.
Bakos has served as an intern twice, first for a defense contractor in Orlando, where he worked as an accounting intern. He says he was able to build new skills in this internship, which, when combined with his finance background, eventually led to a second internship, this time at Goldman Sachs. He spent an entire summer in New York City, working 12-hour days and learning what it was like to work on Wall Street. Bakos has already been offered a full-time position at Goldman Sachs and will move to New York this summer.