LIFT MBA Program 2018

Areas of Interest:

Investment Banking


Chicago, Illinois

Date Posted:


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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. 

Job Summary & Responsibilities:

William Blair’s Leadership Identification Financial Training (LIFT) is a two-day immersion program that gives incoming MBA students from diverse backgrounds a unique opportunity to learn about career opportunities in investment banking and build valuable relationships.

Through interactive sessions led by bankers from across William Blair, LIFT participants will experience first-hand the culture and working environment at a premier global investment banking boutique.


The LIFT Program is open to talented and diverse individuals preparing to enter their first year in an MBA program. Candidates should have a strong academic record, proven leadership skills, and an interest in learning about the investment banking industry. We are seeking to build a diverse pool of participants across a broad array of characteristics, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and military background.

William Blair will provide airfare and hotel accommodations for the night of June 19 and June 20. No additional form of compensation will be provided.

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

Applicants will need to provide the following in the application process:
  • Resume
  • MBA Acceptance Letter(s)
  • 300-word (or fewer) personal statement telling us about your career choice post graduate school and how LIFT fits with your overall career goals.

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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