Guide to Pursuing Finance at Duke

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Duke students have many options for learning about and preparing for finance careers. Staying on top of them can be daunting, which is why we have provided this compilation of resources, recommendations, and opportunities for each class year.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to attaining a career in finance. In general, take advantage of opportunities to build your knowledge, ask questions, connect with alumni working in areas that interest you, and reach out to faculty advisors and upperclassmen for support.

While the majority of finance recruiting at Duke is by investment banks, there are many non-IB financial firms that also hire Duke students. Investment banks tend to start the junior summer internship recruiting process very early (spring of sophomore year), and the path to a full-time job is almost exclusively via these junior internships. Other (non-IB) finance firms typically recruit on a similar schedule to most other business areas, recruiting for junior internships in fall of junior year and for full-time positions in fall of senior year. The information below provides guidance on the timelines for both IB and non-IB recruiting.

Both semesters:

Spring semester:

Both semesters:

Fall semester:

  • Take ECON 256 Practical Financial Markets.
  • Participate in DFE’s firm-sponsored competitions.
  • Participate in DFE’s Finance Alumni/Parent Mentor Program.
  • Sign up for DFE’s January Mock Interview Days program.
  • Consider applying for DFE’s summer study away program, Duke in London Finance. (Inquire with the Global Education Office.) The application period is November to February.
  • Learn about the different timelines of recruitment for various business lines within finance by looking at firms’ website, attending information sessions, and paying attention to the DFE email list and Career Center resources.
    • Many investment banks start interviewing for junior summer internships as early as spring of sophomore year. Others wait until summer after sophomore year, or early fall of junior year.
    • Other (non-IB) finance firms typically recruit for junior internships during fall of junior year, although a few start earlier.

Spring semester:

Both semesters:

  • Personalize your career hub in order to receive curated information from the Career Center, including advice and resources, jobs and internships, and events.
  • Look for notifications from DFE, student clubs, and the Career Center about non-IB finance industry internships.
  • Seek out seniors who will share about their internship experiences and offer advice. DFE offers a list of seniors you can reach out to on the Student Resources page.
  • Look for notifications from the DFE email list about DFE Lunch & Learn sessions hosted by alumni.

Spring semester:

  • Attend DFE’s info session on getting the most out of your summer internship and converting it into a full-time offer.

Both semesters:

  • Personalize your career hub in order to receive curated information from the Career Center, including advice and resources that will help you bridge the transition from student to professional.
  • Serve as a resource to younger students by helping them prepare for interviews and sharing about your experiences.