Degree: Bachelor’s in Finance
College/School: College of Business
Born in Bogota, Colombia, Daniel Rodriguez lived through Colombia’s battles with the drug cartel and its economic depression. After moving with his parents and brother to a one-bedroom apartment in the U.S., he broke through the language barrier and developed a strong interest in understanding economics. He enrolled in FIU’s first financial literacy program for high school students, and entered the university as a finance major in 2012.
From there, Daniel immersed himself in co-curricular activities. He served as president of FIU’s ALPFA student chapter and led it to Chapter of the Year status. Working in the Financial Literacy Lab, he led programs that taught skills to over 1,000 underprivileged high school students in 30 schools around Miami. Daniel also competed in both national and international case competitions, bringing FIU three first place awards: the National Investment Banking Conference Investment Banking Simulation in Vancouver, Canada; the
National Investment Banking Conference Sales & Trading Simulation, also in Vancouver, and the
PricewaterhouseCoopers national Intern-wide competition in Boston.
Working closely with FIU Business’ Student Managed Investment Fund faculty director Flavio Carrillo, Daniel founded the first ever Fixed Income Fund. He has had summer internships with AXA Advisors, PwC LLP and J.P. Morgan Chase. After receiving several offers, he accepted a position from J.P. Morgan Chase to join their Investment Banking Analyst program, in their New York City headquarters, upon graduation.