Investment Banking Academy

Mission Statement

The mission of the Illinois Investment Banking Academy is to strengthen and promote the Illinois brand in the field of investment banking by preparing students to secure top positions at investment banking firms. We help members prepare for interviews and internships through mentorship, technical training, investment banking coursework, and software tutorials. We continuously maintain and expand our professional network by connecting with alumni, partnering with companies for case competitions, and conducting office visits to various banks.

Diversity opportunities within investment banking

Many financial institutions have dedicated diversity and inclusion initiatives. If you qualify, this could be an additional approach to landing a position in the investment banking field.

Different programs have varying timelines for candidates interested the diversity programs, and some have early timelines for networking and an expedited interview process.

Candidates for these initiatives can include women; people of Black, Hispanic, or Native American heritage; members of the LGBTQ community; and people with disabilities.

Resources to assist you

You should start early to create a plan/strategy for applying to those programs that interest you.

IBA can provide training and resources for anyone interested in pursuing these diversity programs. One-on-one mentoring is available to help you work through these details and make a lasting impression during the recruitment process. IBA also has a network of alumni and students who have gone through the diversity recruitment process who can offer additional perspectives based on their experiences.

Firms with diversity and inclusion initiatives that IBA has placed into:

  • Bank of America
  • Barclays
  • BMO
  • Citigroup
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Evercore
  • FT Partners
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Guggenheim Securities
  • Jefferies
  • Lazard
  • Lincoln International
  • Moelis & Co
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Perella Weinberg Partners
  • PJT Partners
  • Rothschild
  • Stout
  • William Blair