Investment Banking - Summer Associate (MBA) 2018

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Investment Banking


Chicago, Illinois, San Francisco, California

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Company Description:

William Blair is a global investment banking and asset management firm. We are committed to building enduring relationships with our clients and providing expertise and solutions to meet their evolving needs. An independent and employee-owned firm, William Blair is based in Chicago, with offices in 10 cities worldwide. For more information, please visit 

About the Team:

William Blair’s investment banking group enables corporations, financial sponsors, owner/entrepreneurs, and governments around the world to achieve their growth, liquidity, and financing objectives. Drawing on the collective intellectual capital and deep sector expertise of a global team, we bring a rigorous and innovative approach to corporate board advisory projects, mergers and acquisitions, and equity and debt financing.

Job Summary & Responsibilities:

William Blair's environment is ideal for individuals who enjoy working in a dynamic environment that demands quick learning, independent thinking, and taking ownership of projects. While the work is rigorous and demands a high level of commitment, the firm maintains an open, cooperative, and collegial atmosphere. This creates a unique culture in the investment banking industry where individuals can thrive and assume more responsibility early in their careers. In addition to a candidate’s record of academic and professional achievement, we place a high value on an individual’s ability to work effectively as part of a team. We are looking for candidates who are interested in building a long-term career with William Blair. 

As a summer associate at William Blair, you will have extensive opportunities to work with current analysts, associates, and senior bankers over the course of the 10-week program. Summer associates have the opportunity to join deal teams across industries and work on a combination of live transactions and pitches. In a short period of time, summer associates gain a high level of experience and exposure within the firm and are able to play an integral role in various types of deals. Because transactions are rarely staffed with more than five professionals, our summer associates have a great opportunity to take on substantial responsibility and make a meaningful contribution to a transaction’s ultimate success.

Summer associates take on all functions of a full-time associate, including extensive deal execution (mergers and acquisitions, public equity offerings, and private equity placements), with increasing accountability for transaction oversight, client relationship management, and new business development. The summer program also includes internal training, community service, and social events. After completion of the program, we hope to have all of our summer associates join us as full-time associates upon graduation.

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  • Currently enrolled in an MBA program with an anticipated graduation date between December 2018 – June 2019
  • 2-5 years of prior work experience desired
  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills
  • Project and process management experience
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong computer skills, specifically Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Understanding of accounting and finance
  • Adaptability to a constantly changing environment and ability to manage through change with a high degree of emotional maturity
  • Highly motivated, detail oriented, team player
  • Willingness to be located in Chicago, Boston, or San Francisco

As a William Blair associate, you’ll enjoy Medical, Dental, Life and AD&D Insurance, along with a generous profit sharing program that includes a 401K plan in addition to a firm contribution. We also offer three weeks of vacation, flexible spending accounts, a business casual dress code, a 75% discounted commissions on trades, and discounts at restaurants, museums, parks and retailers.

William Blair is an equal opportunity employer. It complies with all laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in employment practice because of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, marital status, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, unfavorable discharge from the military service or on the basis of a physical or mental disability that is unrelated to the employee's ability to perform the duties of the job applied for.

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