11/22/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

How The Ivy League Football 'Mafia' Scores Jobs On Wall Street

Ivy League athletes often receive internships from executives involved with their school sports programs, while others use alumni for references or to gain insights into a company's needs. Powers is one of dozens of student-athletes who landed summer internships with financial firms.

New York's Columbia University formally recognized the importance of tapping into networks in 2006 by appointing Kimberly Curry, 36, as the first full-time director of career development for athletics in the Ivy League.