Department of Economics

Benjamin Schuster

  • Graduated: 2016
  • Field: Analyst/Consultant, Finance

Benjamin Schuster(opens in new window), who graduated in 2016 with a BA in Economics and a BS in Business Administration with an option in Finance, is an associate at BlackRock(opens in new window) in their capital markets group.

While a student at Chico State Benjamin was a member of the Investors Club(opens in new window) where he finished in the top 20 percentile while competing against students in 500 other colleges.  He was investment director of the Finance Club during his last 2 years at Chico State. Starting his sophomore year Benjamin was a volunteer with the Butte Humane Society(opens in new window) where he helped supervise and rehabilitate animals and host events to increase awareness of the organization’s efforts.


Benjamin interned as a financial analyst with Stifel Financial Corporation(opens in new window) in Chico during his junior year.  In the summer between his junior and his senior year he interned with State Street(opens in new window) as a mutual fund accountant.  During the fall semester of his senior year he was a research analyst for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic(opens in new window).

After graduation Benjamin took a job with BlackRock as a capital markets analyst in their iShares division in San Francisco, California, and BlackRock promoted him to associate where he is currently working.

He credits his Economic and Finance professors for his success and curiosity for financial markets and global macroeconomic trends. "I continue to lean and build off the analytical and macroeconomic fundamentals I learned during my time as an econ undergraduate to help me excel in my current role," Benjamin stated in a recent email. (Last Updated 8/10/16)