Today, stu­dents in Northeastern’s Col­lege of Busi­ness Administration’s Finance and Invest­ment Club rang the New York Stock Exchange’s opening bell. They also dis­cussed the his­tory of the exchange, the evo­lu­tion of the stock market and trading tech­niques with bro­kers and spe­cial­ists on the trading floor. Each stu­dent received a medal­lion to com­mem­o­rate the bell ringing.

Club pres­i­dent Katelyn Pem­broke, a senior finance and mar­keting major, called it a “once in a life­time expe­ri­ence.” She learned how trades are exe­cuted and mar­kets for stocks are made, she said.

The Wall Street visit was orga­nized by North­eastern alumnus Keith Hochstin, director of sales and mar­keting at Weston Cap­ital Man­age­ment LLC, which man­ages a fund of hedge funds. Hochstin said he has orga­nized visits among North­eastern stu­dents and New York Stock Exchange spe­cial­ists and bro­kers for at least 10 years.

Stu­dents were given a hands-​​on expe­ri­ence of how spe­cial­ists trade stocks on the floor of the stock exchange,” Hochstin said. “They learned how spe­cial­ists con­duct busi­ness on a daily basis, making mar­kets in listed stocks on the exchange.”

The Finance and Invest­ment Club spon­sors fre­quent career-​​oriented activ­i­ties, including talks by fac­ulty mem­bers and industry pro­fes­sionals rep­re­senting com­pa­nies such as Raytheon, Jet Blue and Wells Fargo, as well as field trips to major invest­ment com­pa­nies, cor­po­ra­tions and the Fed­eral Reserve Bank of Boston.

To watch North­eastern stu­dents ring the opening bell, please visit http://​www​.nyse​.com/​e​v​e​n​t​s​/​1​2​3​8​1​4​8​8​3​0​2​5​5​.​h​tml.