Finance, Hedge Funds, Real Estate, Private Equity, Venture Capital

Within the field of finance, you can choose to work as part of the “corporate finance staff” of an organization or a company that provides “financial services” to individuals, groups, institutions, or organizations. Some functions or industry sectors most commonly associated with finance include Commercial Banking, Corporate Finance, Financial Planning, Insurance, Investment Banking, Investment Management, and Proprietary (“Prop”) Trading.

Finding Internships

The Wall Street investment banks have large junior internship programs and hire for full-time largely from their summer internship class. These internships are competitive, as both students and employers hope that the junior internship results in a full-time job. They look for high achievement and a demonstrated interest in finance and financial markets, which can be established through coursework, involvement in student organizations, participation in employer-led networking and educational events, as well as previous internship or externship experience in the broadly defined realm of financial services. Other types of financial institutions, asset management firms, hedge funds, trading firms, private equity, and venture capital firms may also have summer internships.

Finding Jobs

Many firms have increasingly focused on converting their summer interns into full-time hires, however, there are still positions available beyond the class of summer interns. It is particularly important that you make every effort to meet and get to know (and be known by) as many people in the field as you can.

Graduate and Professional Programs

Graduate school is not required to work in finance. However, financial services firms often hire from MBA programs, as well as master’s of finance and master’s of accounting programs.

Making the Most of Your Summer

Summer is almost here! Congratulations on completing the academic year. We know that while many of you may be looking forward to a summer experience, others may still be seeking new opportunities.

If you are looking for a summer experience, …

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Looking for first-year or sophomore friendly opportunities? (Check back – this list gets updated!)

Check out these blogs and posts highlighting first-year and sophomore friendly internships/fellowships/summits:

Campus Undergraduate – 2024 American Express Discovery Program – Sophomores

Environmental Sustainability Intern at 2024 Summer Internship at Sol de Janeiro

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Katie Fell Assistant Director, Harvard College Still Deciding, Exploring, & Self-Assessment
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Kohlberg Manacher Foundation Professional Excellence Scholarship

Devangana Rana ’25 recently shared that the Kohlberg Manacher Foundation (KMF) is accepting applications for the Professional Excellence Scholarship Program which can grant up to $15,000 for eligible recipients (see below requirements)! The priority application deadline is May 1st, but …

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Meaghan Shea Assistant Director, Technology, Data Analytics, Life & Physical Sciences & Entrepreneurship
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