Undergraduate students looking to win positions in investment banking, private equity, and other competitive fields in finance experience a non-stop avalanche of early insights and internship opportunities starting freshman year. Successfully navigating this process – alongside coursework, involvement in student organizations, and getting ready for the recruiting process – is next to impossible.
Our Finance Career Newsletter provides students with free access to a database of highly curated opportunities in finance that get updated and sent to subscribers on a weekly basis. This approach enables students to receive opportunities directly to their inbox that apply to them and avoid having to spend countless hours seeking out companies and monitoring their websites or third-party websites for open opportunities.
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Early insights programs consist of a wide range of initiatives and focus on a number of different audiences. While some invite students of all grades, most are applicable only to 1st- and 2nd-year students. Some are only available to Diversity and Inclusion candidates, while others are open to all candidates. And some are an hour or two on one day, whereas others are over an extended period of time, such as an hour a week for several weeks or only 2 days in a row.
These programs typically involve a range of professionals that work at the firm. They provide insights into the company, tips on recruiting, and provide you with a new network. For most of them, you must apply and be accepted. And many of them enable you to proceed with their interview process for internships. It’s highly recommended that you apply for and attend as many of these programs as you can.
The sophomore summer internship is your summer internship between sophomore and junior years. While the junior internship is a highly engineered recruiting process, the sophomore internship recruiting process is a mixed bag. There are several dozen of the 100+ firms that have sophomore summer programs where the objective is to recruit you for the junior summer internship – and ultimately a full-time position with the firm.
There are also an increasing number of private equity firms that offer sophomore summer internships, with the goal of recruiting you for a position that begins several years after landing your first full-time job. Outside of this select group of highly organized processes, recruiting for sophomore summer internships is all over the place. Students typically get internships in accounting, start-ups, boutique consulting and investment banking firms, wealth management, and a number of other types of companies.
The junior summer internship is the most common path toward a full-time position in investment banking, private equity, and other competitive front-office finance roles. In fact, most recruiting initiatives from the 100+ firms we monitor revolve around the junior summer internship, including early insights programs and sophomore summer internship recruiting. So it’s important for students to seize those opportunities early in order to be en route to the capstone of their undergraduate career
The recruiting cycle for junior summer finance internships typically gets started with applications for early insights programs emerging in the summer before your sophomore year and continues into the fall semester of your sophomore year. Many of these are for Diversity & Inclusion candidates, but some of them are open to all candidates. There are a handful of junior summer internship applications that come out during the fall semester of sophomore year, but few, if any, interviews.
If you still don’t have your junior summer internship lined up by the time your junior year rolls around, don’t give up hope. During the summer before your junior year and into the fall semester of your junior year, many firms are likely to post quite a few applications. Emerging positions will include investment banking and private equity as well as other attractive front-office fields, such as equity research, investment management, valuation services, and more.
If you still don’t have your junior summer internship lined up by the time your junior year rolls around, don’t give up hope. During the summer before your junior year and into the fall semester of your junior year, many firms are still likely to post quite a few applications. Emerging positions will include investment banking and private equity as well as other attractive front-office fields, such as equity research, investment management, valuation services, and more.
Junior summer analyst positions continue to come out during the spring semester of your junior year as well. One thing that surprises us as we monitor applications is how many positions would expire and then pop back up weeks or even months later. These situations typically arise when positions are not filled. Firms often close applications thinking they are done recruiting only to re-post these same positions after realizing they still have a spot or two to fill.
We focus our weekly review on front-office finance positions in investment banking, private equity, asset management, commercial banking, and other related fields. We do not post positions for consulting, engineering, IT, or back-office finance roles. Below are some of the more common fields we post positions for and a brief description of those industries.
We follow over 100 firms on a weekly basis to find opportunities for undergraduate students. Generally these firms can be bucketed into 5 groups. See below for a brief description and sampling of companies in these 5 groups.
The internship recruiting cycle for undergrads lasts around two years: from the end of freshman year through the end of junior year. You may be actively looking for positions for a large majority of these two years, and monitoring firms you are interested in for new positions can be very time consuming. There are platforms like Handshake and LinkedIn that can help, but there are millions of companies and jobs on these sites, which can make it challenging to find new positions efficiently.
Adventis has carefully curated 100+ companies that offer competitive finance internships, and we monitor those companies on a weekly basis indefinitely. We then send you weekly alerts for positions specific to your class over a two-year timeline. This saves you countless hours and enables you to spend them building your skills, networking, and conducting other activities to prepare for your recruiting process.
Many universities have job boards specific to students who attend that university. We recommend you fully utilize those job boards, as there will likely be positions on there that aren’t publicly available. And we also recommend that you use LinkedIn and other relevant applications where you can find positions. However, we follow 100+ companies, and it’s likely that many of them will not post on Handshake at your university or on LinkedIn. Most companies post on their company pages, and we monitor those pages weekly and then send a weekly update to you about them. In this case, you can think about our newsletter as an insurance policy. You could rely solely on Handshake or other applications, but wouldn’t you want to know for sure by receiving weekly alerts from us?
Our class-specific internship databases are the foundation of the newsletter emails. Every week we monitor 100+ company websites for any new positions for 2nd- and 3rd-year students. This process requires us to eliminate expired opportunities and add any re-posted or new opportunities to our internship databases. Once our weekly update process is complete, we then send out our weekly update emails to notify students of changes to our database.