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Securities, Commodities and Financial Sales Agents for jobs, careers, top employers and education programs, job search advice, salary info, job listings, employee message boards and surveys. Click on the icon and create an account using your Davidson email address to view guides on the following types of employers and career fields:

  • Investment Banking Guide
  • Middle Market Investment Banking Guide
  • Sales and Trading Guide
  • Hedge Funds Guide
  • Private Equity Guide
  • Investment Banking, Asia Pacific Edition Guide
  • Financial Services Diversity Programs Guide
  • Finance Interviews Guide
  • Finance Interviews Practice Guide
  • Top 25 Investment Management Employers
  • Top Private Equity Employers
  • Top Financial Services Employers
  • Top 50 Banking Employers
  • Top 25 Banking Employers, European Edition
  • Top Banking Employers, Asia Pacific Edition

Prepare for Jobs, Internships or Graduate School

Banking Resume and Cover Letter Advice

Investment Banking Resume Template (From Mergers and Inquisitions)

Investment Banking Cover Letter Template (From Mergers and Inquisitions)

Organizations at Davidson
  • Pre Business Society's Investment Banking Club
  • Davidson Investment Financial Association (DIFA)
Reading the Wall Street Journal and Banking Prep Tools

Located in the "Documents" Section of WildcatLink: A helpful resource was provided to Davidson students by a faculty member on how to make the most of the articles and data presented in the Wall Street Journal and on tools to use to understand company valuation and Excel.

Useful Websites

Street of Walls
Wall Street Wannabe 
Mergers & Inquisitions
(Download Banking Job Search Guide and sign up for emails)
Wall Street Oasis
Wall Street Journal
The Economist
Yahoo Finance
Khan Academy

Books to Read

Investment Banking: Valuation, Leveraged Buyouts, and Mergers and Acquisitions
2009 by Joshua Rosenbaum and Joshua Pearl
(Available in Career Development Library)

Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies, University Edition
5th Edition, 2010 by McKinsey & Company
(Available in Career Development Library)

Davidson Coursework

You do not need to major in Economics to enter the banking and finance profession, but courses such as Introductory Economics (ECO 101), Statistics (ECO 105), Introduction to Accounting (ECO 211), Intermediate Accounting (ECO 212) and others are recommended. Consult with faculty in Economics for more information on course offerings.

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The resources below will provide you with leads on internships and jobs, but the most successful students will tap into Davidson's alumni network and/or your own personal network to help open the doors to opportunities.

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Rising Senior Timeline for Banking Interview Prep

Freshman Year
  • Start reading the Wall Street Journal and other news sources on a regular basis
  • Work hard in the classroom. Investment banks and financial services firms typically hire students with strong GPAs (Many Wall Street firms will want GPAs of 3.5 or above)
  • Get involved-join clubs, play sports, etc. Banks and financial services firms like to see diverse interests, potential for growth, and demonstrated leadership
Sophomore Year
  • Continue reading financial news sources and books
  • Read the Vault resources from Career Development on your own
  • Network with Davidson alumni and parents
  • Don't worry about being an economics major if you don't want to be. It is more important to do what you enjoy and show a passion for it. Take to a professor about Economics classes you can take–regardless of whether you select Economics as a major
  • It is helpful if you can get a finance-related internship for the summer, but certainly not necessary. Don't be afraid to apply to summer internships for major investment banks as a sophomore–motivated and well-qualified sophomores often have the potential to obtain full internships. In addition, many banks have sophomore-specific summer programs
  • Get in contact with current seniors and other people who have worked in the field you are interested in
  • Learn about the different divisions within investment banks and financial services firms (Equity Research, Sales & Trading, Wealth Management, Corporate Finance/Investment Banking, etc.)
Junior Year-Fall Semester
  • Perfect your resume and interviewing skills–have your resume ready by September 15 for early application deadlines
  • Continue networking with Davidson alumni, parents and seniors