Eichel Finance Advising Network

Supported by generous funding from Scott Eichel '97, DFE offers advising and mentoring opportunities, as well as diversity initiatives, designed to guide students in learning about and pursuing finance careers. Read more about specific opportunities below.

Duke undergraduates: please sign up for the DFE Email List to receive notifications when Eichel Finance Advising Network opportunities become available throughout the academic year.

All undergrads are invited to meet with either John Caccavale or Emma Rasiel for guidance on finance careers and recruiting.

Office hours with DFE Executive Director John Caccavale: 

  • John is away for the spring semester, teaching for the Duke in New York Finance and Institutions program.  

Office hours with DFE Teaching Director Emma Rasiel:

Steve Columbaro ’97, an experienced investment professional, will hold in-person advising hours this spring. He offers guidance on finance recruiting, presentation skills, and résumé writing. All classes years are welcome.

Steve Columbaro in front of Duke building

He is available by appointment on Mondays, 1:30-4:00 p.m. 

More about Steve Columbaro: Prior to assisting the Duke Financial Economics Center, the Fuqua School of Business, and the Pratt School of Engineering, Steve Columbaro was the Deputy Head of the U.S. Bank Loan Team at Columbia Threadneedle. He was the Lead Senior Portfolio Manager for both a publicly traded mutual fund and separately managed accounts in non-investment grade credit. He also led the separately managed account fundraising effort and held credit research responsibilities during his 15-year tenure at Columbia Threadneedle. In addition to managing non-investment grade credit, Steve held prior roles analyzing and monitoring investments in real estate, mezzanine debt, LBOs, growth equity, and venture capital. Steve has an AB in Public Policy Studies (minor in Economics) from Duke University, and an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA. Steve is also a CFA Charterholder.

Finance Mentor Program for Sophomores

Each fall semester, this program links 100+ sophomores with alumni in the financial markets, giving students the opportunity to speak informally with finance professionals, learn about different areas of investment banking, and obtain help in preparing for the summer intern recruiting process. Students engage in three one-on-one conversations at minimum with their assigned mentors during the late fall and winter. Mentors come from a variety of roles in investment banking, sales & trading, private wealth management, and equity research.

The program is not expected or intended to be a shortcut through the recruiting process. Students should view their mentors as objective advisors, not potential employers.

Senior-to-Sophomore Mentoring Connections

Seniors on this list have accepted full-time job offers in the financial markets. They have volunteered to be a resource to sophomores with questions about finance recruiting and internships. Reach out to them with any questions you have.

Markets Discussion Group

DFE hosts the bimonthly Markets Discussion Group in either the fall or spring semester, the goal of which is to bring together a diverse group of students, help them explore their interest in the markets, and provide them with some foundational knowledge through informal conversation. All students are welcome, regardless of major, class year, or experience level with finance. DFE Executive Director John Caccavale facilitates the discussion.

Sign up for the DFE Email List to receive notifications about the schedule.

SPIRE Program

DFE Teaching Director Emma Rasiel serves as a mentor for the Duke SPIRE Fellows, high-achieving undergraduates from diverse backgrounds with an interest in pursuing a major and/or career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

SAGE Program

DFE and the Department of Economics have integrated the STEM Advancement through Group Engagement program (SAGE) in Economics 101. Peer facilitators lead small study groups of students who have a strong interest in STEM learning at Duke.