If you are reading this article, chances are you’re a finance student who wants to break into investment banking by landing a top investment banking internship or any finance internship. This article will be your guide on landing that summer internship!
Investment Banking Recruiting Timeline
Recruiting season has started for those interested in investment banking internships and other finance internships for 2022! For upcoming juniors, the summer internships that you may get for next summer might lead to a full-time offer, and for upcoming sophomores, you will finally have the chance to experience what it’s like to break into investment banking. Over the past few years, the timeline has shifted earlier, but this guide will help you secure that offer.
During the spring semester, a lot of banks will offer diversity events. This allows students to really learn about the different roles and the different divisions within a bank. Some companies use recruiting events to introduce themselves and begin their efforts to connect with students. Employer Information Sessions, coffee chats, and insight days are just a few examples of events that students can participate in to start the process. 
There are a few things to keep in mind before applying. One of the many great things about these applications is that you have the freedom to choose when you apply (within their accepting timeframe). There are two types of applications: rolling and hard applications. Some firms will have very hard deadlines while other firms will have a rolling application which means that the earlier you submit your application, the earlier it will be reviewed and the earlier you will be interviewed.
Investment Banking Internships for Sophomores
As a sophomore, it is super important for you to get a head start in your career. You should be actively applying to summer internships and preparing for them. Here are a few that you should consider applying to for investment banking internships, global markets internships, and wealth management internships:
Morgan Stanley: 2022 Investment Banking Sophomore Summer Analyst
Morgan Stanley: 2022 Quantitative Finance Sophomore Summer Analyst Program
Learn more about Morgan Stanley’s programs here.
These summer internships can be applied through LinkedIn, Glassdoor, or through the firm’s website. There are other finance internships available as well. If you are interested in finance internships outside of investment banking internships, don’t forget to apply to other industries like tech! Big tech companies such as Amazon and Google also hire finance interns – any finance internship will help you build your resume!
Feel free to check out this article to learn more about the top ten investment banks to work at:
How to Prep – Resume, and Networking
Investment banking is a conservative industry and the most effective resumes for investment banking internships tend to utilize a simple, professional format. Here are some basic considerations to begin with: 
- Use 10pt or 12pt font
- Do not exceed 1 page in length
- Demonstrate interest in finance, examples of accomplishment/impact, leadership skills
- Consider listing relevant coursework in finance or accounting
Networking is an opportunity for you to learn more about a firm and its culture from an individual who already has a lot of experience. You can also demonstrate why you’re a good candidate.
- Network through formal recruiting events such as coffee chats, information sessions, insight days, and other virtual events 
- Ask for their email or LinkedIn so you can follow up after the meeting
- Reach out to alumni at your high school or university who are doing something you’re interested in
Lastly, don’t be overwhelmed with the endless opportunities out there. Be sure to track everything down, especially which firm(s) you want to work at, what their recruitment process is like, and the network at that firm. Finance offers a lot of different roles outside of investment banking, and instead of investment banking internships, don’t forget to check out different finance internships and summer internships that tech companies may offer!
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- Penn Career Services. “Investment Banking Insights: Summer 2022 Internship Recruiting Overview”. The University of Pennsylvania. 4 Jan. 2021.