Max Jacobs

Offseason Opportunities: Max Jacobs

No. 12, Max Jacobs, Summer Intern at Ariel Investments

A junior from Short Hills, New Jersey, Max Jacobs is spending his summer here in Chicago.

“This summer, I’m working as an intern at Ariel Investments, an investment management firm in downtown Chicago. Having worked last year at an education non-profit in Newark, NJ, I really wanted to use this summer to get my feet wet in finance to test out if I would like it or not.

What I specifically love about Ariel is that while the they have been extremely successful in their niche of small/mid cap value approach to investing, the company has never lost sight of its civic and social responsibility in giving back to the City of Chicago. What I also found particularly interesting is that Ariel has major ties to the I Have a Dream Foundation, the education non-profit I worked for last summer.”

So how did the guard find this opportunity?

“Fortunately, through a UChicago basketball connection, I was able to secure the internship in early spring.”

And what has been Jacobs’ favorite part of the job thus far?

“Although I’m only a couple weeks in, my favorite part of the job has definitely been the exposure to senior members of the Ariel team. Whether it has been sitting in on an investment committee meeting with CEO John Rogers or getting taken out to lunch by an associate, Ariel’s culture highly stresses its older employees to take the time to teach and mentor the interns. This is something that I am extremely thankful for.”

The incoming third year is also making sure to keep in basketball shape during the offseason.

“I have been really dedicated to staying in shape and working on my shot this offseason. Although I’m working Monday-Friday, I typically rush out of the office to the nearby gym during lunch breaks to lift. And after work, I usually head to Ratner to shoot on the shooting machine. Also, I’m in a summer league team in the northern suburbs with Jordan Baum, Justin Jackson and Noah Karras.”


Meet The Freshmen: Max Jacobs

Ready to learn more about the newest Maroons? Another freshman is on deck.

Max Jacobs

6-2. 180. Short Hills, New Jersey.

Assemble a starting lineup of any current NBA players, and explain your choices.

  • Jeremy Lin (being half-Chinese, he’s my inspiration)
  • D’Angelo Russell (can dish it out and he’s a shifty lefty)
  • Vince Carter (I loved watching him play on the Nets…hands down the best dunker of all-time)
  • Reggie Evans (does the dirty work, gets boards and then there’s this:
  • Richard Jefferson (savvy vet, used to play for the Nets and although he’s 35, he climbs the invisible ladder every now and then)

We would run the Millburn High School Princeton offense and tear up the NBA.

What is your favorite thing to eat, and from where?

Margherita Pizza from Arturos in Maplewood, NJ.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Home (Millburn, NJ). I’d love to travel to Peru at some point though…I’ve always wanted to see Machu Picchu.

You can only listen to one musical artist for the next month. Who would you choose, and what body of work?

J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat? Why?

Snapchat. Definitely the funniest form of social media and you can choose who you communicate with.

What show can you watch over and over again and why?

Entourage. Best feel-good show out there. Makes you want to live Vinnie’s life. 

Where is your favorite place to hang out in Hyde Park and why?

Best fried-chicken in Chicago.

Who doesn’t love candy, right? We’re right there with you, Reggie.