Admitted workshop members will take 3 credit hours. Additional professional development opportunities include two Alumni Super Friday Seminars each year, two pitch competitions, sophomore-year trips to New York City and Chicago, and specialized training with Training with the Street. The curriculum begins for freshmen in the Financial Services Club, where students learn the basics about the industry.
Workshop Application and Admission
First-year students can sign up for an independent self-guided Canvas module to cover BUS F-255 content before sitting for a placement exam to be eligible to enroll in BUS-F 210: Investment Banking. A link to register for the placement exam coming soon.
Students wanting to take BUS-F 210 must also have the following reflected on the academic record beginning fall semester of their second year:
- Completion of all first-year ICore prereqs with a grade of B or higher
- 3.50 cumulative GPA at start of fall semester
- 30 completed credit hours
- Admitted Kelley School of Business student
A link to register for the placement exam coming soon.
Only second-year students admitted to BUS-F 210: Investment Banking in the fall semester are eligible to apply to the Investment Banking Workshop.
The requirements for admission to BUS-F 210 are noted under the “Who can apply?” accordion above.
Additionally, well-rounded applicants would have:
Academic Record: Strong freshman year grades, especially in relevant subjects such a math and business-related courses, can make an applicant competitive.
Extracurricular Involvement: Active participation in extracurricular activities, especially those related to business or leadership roles, can enhance an applicant’s profile.
Application Essays: A well-crafted personal statement that demonstrates the applicant’s passion for business and their fit for the IBW program is crucial.
Work Experience: Relevant work experience or internships in business or related fields can set an applicant apart.
Interview Performance: Strong performance on the behavioral, technical, and markets-based admittance interviews is crucial.
Additional soft skills will be evaluated during the application period and an interview that will take place at the end of F210.
The application process begins with students requesting access to the independent self-guided Canvas module available in March 2024.
Students will then be eligible to sit for a placement exam for entrance into BUS-F 210. The placement exam will be administered in the second Friday of the fall semester of the second year. Students may only sit for this exam if their academic records shows:
Completion of all first-year ICore pre-requisites with a grade of B or higher
3.50 cumulative GPA at start of fall semester
30 completed credit hours
Admitted Kelley School of Business student
Only students admitted entrance to BUS-F 210 will be eligible to apply to the IBW.
Decisions are communicated to applicants following admissions interviews, generally late fall semester before on-campus recruiting activities begin.
Highly Recommended Course
- BUS-F 100: Introduction to Financial and Real Estate Careers (3 credits); first-year
- Taking the financial accounting course as early as possible is also recommended.
Canvas Module on Introduction to Corporate Finance. Link requesting access to Canvas site coming March 2024
Required Pre-Placement Exam Course/Content
- Placement Exam, based on the material from the Canvas Module (which covers BUS-F 255 content), will be required in the second Friday of the fall semester for those students interested in taking F210.
Required Pre-Workshop Courses
- BUS-F 210: Investment Banking & Capital Markets (1.5 credits); fall of second year
- BY INVITATION ONLY – see “Who can apply?” accordion for information on requirements
- BUS-F 310: Investment Banking Workshop I (1.5 credits); spring of second year
- BUS-F 400: Investment Banking Workshop II (1.5 credits); fall of fourth year
Workshop Time Commitment
While students are not expected to have any experience in the financial services industry, they should demonstrate a passion for accounting, finance, and the financial markets. The Investment Banking Workshop historically has placed students into traditional investment banking positions in mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, and client-facing industry or coverage groups. Students applying for the workshop should demonstrate their knowledge and interest in these career options.
Once admitted to the workshop, students should prioritize workshop activities, including helping their workshop peers. While we expect students to apply to multiple Kelley workshops, as workshop participation is important to the development of students’ education, students should expect that they can only be a part of the Investment Banking Workshop if they are not members of other Kelley workshops. To be in good standing in the workshop, a member must commit to attending any required meetings and networking sessions with alumni and employers within the field.