Hernan Benavides

Master’s in Applied Quantitative Finance ’21

Hometown: San Salvador, El Salvador

Previous Education

BS in Quantitative Economics and Econometrics, University of South Florida

Why did you choose Daniels?

I chose Daniels due to a variety of reasons. First, I liked the school due to its ranking as well as the small program, which provides the opportunity to network with professors, alumni, and classmates. Second, I like how the school is focused on applying business to the greater good. And third, having Denver (one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S.) as your backyard can give you the opportunity to network with people and intern at some of the firms located here.

Pre-grad school experience

I was a research assistant for the Department of Economics and was very involved in student government and Latinx organizations.

Post-grad school goal

My main career options are breaking into investment banking, private equity or asset management industries. I am also very interested in becoming a consultant.


I love hiking, the outdoors, sightseeing and exploring new places to eat!