Learn Outside the Classroom

The Golden Griffin Fund

There’s no better way to learn about the inner workings of capital markets and investment management than via the Golden Griffin Fund (GGF).  This student-run, real-money investment fund bridges the gap between theory and practice.  Students research, create and manage portfolio holdings (a.k.a. stocks).  They then analyze and recommend companies to add to the portfolio. To continually grow the fund, GGF students also solicit new investors.

One hundred percent of students who participate in the Golden Griffin Fund graduate as a Bloomberg certified analyst in equities, fixed-income, commodities and currencies, and find employment after graduation.  Visit the Golden Griffin Fund website to learn more. 


Hands-on experience is priceless for students who study economics and finance, which is exactly why the department emphasizes internships.  Students not only gain valuable work experience, they make necessary career connections and are often compensated for their work.   Of course, the single-greatest commodity that results from internships is that many turn into full-time jobs for students after graduation. 

Companies that participate in the School of Business Internship Program include:

  • Citi
  • M&T Bank
  • First Niagara Bank
  • A.G. Edwards
  • Morgan Stanley Dean Witter

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge

This annual competition pits university teams against one to test their analytic, valuation, reporting and presentation skills.   Student teams are tasked with researching a publicly-traded company, preparing a written report on that select company and then presenting their findings to a panel of professional judges.  In the past two years, the Canisius team secured first place wins in the Western New York competition, finishing ahead of the State University of New York at Geneseo, the Rochester Institute of Technology, and other schools including Syracuse University, Niagara University and the State University of New York schools at Brockport, Buffalo, Fredonia and Oswego.

SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise)

A student service-learning organization that provides students opportunities to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills through learning, practicing and teaching the principles of free enterprise, thereby improving the standard of living for millions in the process.


A student-managed business that sells customized apparel and promotional products – everything from t-shirts to bumper stickers.  The mission is to provide products to companies and organizations to help increase their awareness and appeal, and to give students an opportunity to take what they’ve learned in the classroom, and apply it in a “real-life” business setting.