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LSU Department of Finance Announces New Placement Program

03/28/2012 12:05 PM

BATON ROUGE – The Department of Finance at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business has announced the creation of its new placement program, Tigers on the Street, or TOTS.


Founded by LSU finance alum Ryan Roberge, TOTS will assist in placing LSU finance majors in investment banking internships, full-time positions and other institutional finance related careers. TOTS is a network of successful undergraduate and graduate finance majors who develop top students through creating a centralized network, increasing awareness of financial firms and assisting students with resume building as well as the interviewing process.


Roberge said the finance department provides a great knowledge foundation for corporate finance but lacked an avenue to pursue investment banking or consulting careers.


“I wanted to help change that,” Roberge said. “The program honestly could not have taken off any better.  I enlisted the help of several LSU alumni across Wall Street at various private equity and investment banking firms, and together we were able to place two very solid LSU students at top investment banking firms.”


Roberge’s goal is to grow TOTS within the university and within the Wall Street community to be a respected program where recruiters can seek talent.


“I really think the program hinges on placing quality students at top jobs and, in turn, having them perform well to help build a reputable brand,” Roberge said.
Carlos Slawson, chair of the Department of Finance and the Latter & Blum Inc. Distinguished Professor in Business Administration, said TOTS eases the difficult career path toward investment banking.


“This program brings together successful investment banking alums with students who have the potential to make it in the investment banking world,” Slawson said. “It is alumni driven, LSU finance connected.  Any time career opportunities are expanded for LSU finance, the college and university benefit.”


The program enables students with high grade-point averages – 3.5-plus – to network with LSU alumni and to receive free resume advice.


“The latest a student should start preparing is in the sophomore year,” Slawson said. “An LSU student can increase his or her chances of an investment banking career if he or she works hard to earn a very high GPA, takes the correct classes, shows leadership and demonstrates ‘hustle.’”


The Department of Finance at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business offers high quality programs for undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in corporate finance, asset management, real estate, insurance, banking, financial planning and business law. Aiming to create exciting educational opportunities for its students, the department employs tools such as the Securities Markets Analysis Research and Trading, or SMART, Lab. This 44-station simulated interactive trading floor enables students to gain practical experience in the fast-paced world of securities analysis, research and trading. Additionally, the Department of Finance encourages, supports and conducts research in real estate by housing the nationally renowned Real Estate Research Institute. For more information, visit, call 225-578-6291, or email

E. J. Ourso College of Business