Despite the stories of long hours and crazy working conditions, thousands of students apply for finance internships at investment banking and consulting firms each year. The competition for these careers in finance is fierce, with an acceptance rate of less than 1% at JPMorgan, one of the top investment banks in the world. This means it can be more challenging to enter the investment banking industry than it is to get into Harvard or Yale.
What is the best way to get a finance internship?
To stand out amongst the sea of candidates and receive a coveted finance internship, it’s imperative to have skills such as financial modeling. Unfortunately, most college education programs provide little to no technical or professional training. 65% of college graduates believe they are not prepared for a career, and 89% of employers believe college doesn’t prepare students for the workforce.
Even if you secure a finance internship, if you lack technical and soft skills, you may not receive that full-time return offer or have a successful career in finance. Investment banking and other similar careers in finance are highly demanding. You need to do the work and juggle various deadlines in a stressful environment, all while acting in a professional manner. This is why you should invest in yourself early to gain the proper knowledge and skills required to get a finance internship and excel and receive a full-time offer. If you cannot develop the necessary skills through college courses, investing in an online program is the best option. It provides you the flexibility to learn at your own pace.
Why should you choose Romero Mentoring?
There are hundreds of financial modeling courses out there, so why should you choose the Romero Mentoring Analyst Prep Program? Although there are many investment banking and financial modeling courses available online that allow you to learn these skills, the vast majority of them are self-study programs with no guidance from an instructor. With distractions such as school or work, it may be easy to fall behind and lose motivation when you don’t understand the complex financial concepts and don’t have anyone to ask for help.
These are the four primary reasons you should choose the Romero Mentoring Analyst Prep Program:
1. One-on-One Mentoring
The key differentiator between Romero Mentoring and its competitors is the individual mentoring that is provided to each student. Throughout the program, you will receive mentoring from a professional on a one-on-one basis. Your mentor will be available for questions and guidance throughout the program. Additionally, after each training module, you will have a Zoom meeting with your mentor to review the assignment to make sure you completed it correctly and understand what you learned in that module. This allows you to get the most value out of the program.
2. Hands-on Training and Internship Experience
After developing a solid foundation of technical skills, you will have the opportunity to gain practical hands-on experience with advanced real-world case study assignments performed by professionals working at hedge funds and private equity firms. In most other programs, you only follow along and complete one case study or analysis during the technical skills learning portion of the course, followed by one, perhaps two, case studies.
The Analyst Prep Program includes three case studies during the technical skills training. It then provides multiple project assignments, such as investment research, M&A analysis, and strategic consideration presentations, similar to what you would be completing as a top-performing analyst at an investment bank. This finance internship experience is one of the critical factors contributing to over 95% of Romero Mentoring students receiving full-time job offers from top investment banks and consulting firms.
3. Professional Resume Assessment and Interview Prep
In addition to providing you with the essential technical skills needed to enter competitive careers in finance, the Analyst Prep Program helps you develop important soft skills. Before you start the program, you will have a professional career development session, where an experienced professional will analyze your resume and provide feedback on its format and content, as well as discuss your career goals. Finally, at the end of the program, you will not only learn the best ways to prepare for interviews but also learn our tried-and-true job application strategy to make sure you receive an excellent finance internship.
4. The Growing Romero Mentoring Student Community
The Romero Mentoring network has over 250 alumni and is growing each year. Our students attend universities throughout the nation, and our alumni are working at top financial firms. This community of driven, like-minded individuals has continued to support each other even after completing the program. The Analyst Prep Program has scored a 97% satisfaction rate, and program alumni referred many of the students accepted into the program. Our students understand the program’s value and continue to share it with their own network. As more students complete the program and start their careers in finance, the alumni network will become your ever-growing professional network.
Romero Mentoring Testimonials and Reviews
“I honestly believe that if you are a student that does not have connections, extensive experience in finance, majored in something other than finance, or attends a non-target school but wants to work in finance, this program is a must. The technical and soft skills students learn through this program is directly attributed to Luis Romero’s experience and is a testament to his ability as a teacher. Without this program, I would not have received an investment banking internship or a full-time job in finance.”
- Adam Kaplan, University of Maryland
Investment Banking Analyst at Berkshire Global Advisors
“The training was valuable because it was very interactive. Not only would Mr. Romero walk you through how to build a financial model step-by-step (and you could follow by filling out your own Excel spreadsheet), but he would also talk about why we perform certain functions and explain the important line items. I found this to be very useful and it helped me understand the material even better.”
- Helen Chen, Duke University
Incoming Investment Banking Summer Analyst at Houlihan Lokey
“Truly enjoyed getting to know Mr. Romero, Ms. Truong, and people from the Romero community. I was surprised by how many personal meetings you have with Mr. Romero and that gives me a very personal experience. I am very thankful for the lessons and support the program has given me.”
- Arturo Rodrigues, University of California, Los Angeles
Incoming Summer Analyst at Blackstone