Investment Management - Summer Buy-Side Research Associate (MBA) 2019

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Chicago, Illinois

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Company Description:

William Blair is a premier global boutique with expertise in investment banking, investment management, and private wealth management. 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 headquartered in Chicago and, together with its strategic partners, operates in more than 20 offices worldwide

About the Team:

William Blair’s buy-side research team is responsible for identifying quality growth companies that will generate above-average results for clients over time with generally less risk than the market. The team identifies these companies through a combination of rigorous fundamental research and systematic inputs, following a disciplined process that emphasizes team collaboration. The firm’s globalized research structure—whereby analysts are organized by sector rather than geography—reflects the reality of global trade, the global competitive landscape and globally integrated supply chains, unifying our platform and achieving our goal of one team and one fully integrated investment process.

William Blair was named one of Pensions & Investments’ Best Places to Work in Money Management in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017; one of the Chicago Tribune’s Best Places to Work in Chicago in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017; and one of Fortune’s Best Workplaces in Financial Services and Insurance in 2015 and 2016.

Job Summary & Responsibilities:

As a summer buy-side research associate at William Blair, you are an integral team member among passionate portfolio managers, analysts, and other associates. The application period is from October 22, 2018 to December 14, 2018. Applicants must be available to work the full length of the 10-week program.
  • Perform fundamental analysis of a specific industry and/or emerging trend to identify the best-positioned companies in which to invest.
  • Conduct interviews of target company personnel (on all levels), competitors, suppliers, industry experts, and Wall Street analysts.
  • Perform due diligence and prepare support documentation (i.e., financial models) to support investment ideas.
  • Present investment recommendations in a comprehensible and clear manner.
  • Participate in other projects as requested.


  • Finishing your first year of business school at a top-tier university.
  • Personal interest in and experience with equities investing.
  • Strong analytical skills and intellectual curiosity.
  • Ability to analyze/model financial metrics, business strategies, and valuation parameters.
  • Disciplined approach to analysis.
  • Strong background in finance and accounting.
  • Ability to deliver clear, effective communication and takes responsibility for understanding others.
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office; familiarity with FactSet, Baseline/StockVal preferred.

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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