Diversity Programs

Resource Guide to Finance Diversity Programs

What is a diversity program? These are 1-2 day programs where candidates are invited to the firm for presentations, workshops, and networking events. It is the firm’s way of getting qualified candidates to learn more about their firm and the industry in general.

How much does it cost? Transportation and accommodation expenses are paid for by the firm. They also provide food throughout your stay. This means: no cost to you!

What is the benefit of these? These programs are designed to get you in front of professionals and human resources, and, if done properly, they will get you in the pipeline for internship opportunities the following year (attendees are usually offered accelerated interviews). Most of the firms below also hire co-ops. This is a great chance to show the firm that you have shown initiative in regard to learning more about the firm and industry. It will give you an advantage in the interview process as well as something to talk about with your interviewer.

What should I know before I go? You should know that the firms do not expect you to be an expert on their firm or the industry! They are targeting underclassmen so that they can teach you more about these things. They mainly want to see that you’ve shown an interest in the field and a desire to learn more. You also do not have to be a business major to attend most of these programs.

What do I do if I’m accepted into a program? You want to dress extremely professional and make an effort to leave a good impression on everyone you meet, both employees and other student attendees. Ask questions when the opportunity arises, read up on the firm / recent news for speaking points, ask for business cards of the people you speak with, and follow up (cannot emphasis this part enough). These programs are an opportunity for you to make connections with people that will be resources during the recruiting process, so it is imperative that you send thank you emails after the events and keep in touch with these people from time-to-time.

How many can I apply to? This is a numbers game. The more you apply to, the better your chances are of getting accepted into one. They receive a lot of applicants each spring but apply to as many as you can and don’t forget to apply again each year that you are eligible. The only restriction is if you get accepted into two different programs at the same firm. The firm will have you choose one to attend but encourage you to apply to all to increase your chances.

Am I eligible? You are eligible for most of the programs below if you identify as either a woman or URM (underrepresented minority – Black, Hispanic, Native American, LGBTQ, disabled, veteran status).

Also, since Northeastern is a 4 or 5 year program, when the firm says “sophomores” for example, it means they want someone graduating in 2021. This means you are still eligible if you’re a third-year student on a five-year track, or a second-year student on a four-year track (both have graduating years of 2021).

Questions regarding these programs? Feel free to reach out to riendeau.c@husky.neu.edu

Updated Spring 2019

The Blackstone Group – Blackstone Diverse Leaders Program
Description: 2-day program in NYC
Eligibility: URM (Black, Hispanic, Native American, LGBT, disabled, veteran status), Sophomore/Junior
Deadline: January 15, 2019
Program Dates: February 28 – March 1, 2019
Link: https://blackstone.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Blackstone_Campus_Careers/job/New-York/XMLNAME-2019-Diverse-Leaders-Program_6696

The Blackstone Group – Future Women Leaders Program
Description: 2-day program in NYC
Eligibility: Freshman/Sophomore Women
Deadline: January 15, 2019
Program Dates: March 7-8, 2019
Link: https://blackstone.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Blackstone_Campus_Careers/job/New-York/XMLNAME-2019-Future-Women-Innovators-Program_7084

Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) – Elevate Diversity Forum
Description: 2-day program in NYC
Eligibility: Women or URM, Freshmen/Sophomores
Deadline: February 3, 2019
Program Dates: March 26-27, 2019
Link: https://bankcampuscareers.tal.net/vx/brand-4/candidate/so/pm/1/pl/2/opp/3321-Elevating-Careers-Insight-Programs-New-York/en-GB

BAML – Step Ahead Banking, Markets & Investment Management Diversity & Inclusion Forum
Description: 2-day program in NYC
Eligibility: Women or URM, Freshman/Sophomore
Deadline: February 3, 2019
Program Dates: April 1011, 2019
Link: https://bankcampuscareers.tal.net/vx/brand-4/candidate/so/pm/1/pl/2/opp/3327-Banking-Markets-Wealth-Management-Diversity-Forum/en-GB

BAML – Ignite With STEM
Description: 1-day program in NYC
Eligibility: Women or URM, Freshman/Sophomore STEM majors
Deadline: February 3, 2019
Program Dates: April 2, 2019
Link: https://bankcampuscareers.tal.net/vx/brand-4/candidate/so/pm/1/pl/2/opp/3328-Markets-STEM-Diversity-Forum/en-GB

Barclays – Sophomore Springboard
Description: 2-day program in NYC (includes mentorship program for junior year recruiting)
Eligibility: URM or Female, Sophomore (class of 2021) 
Deadline: February 4, 2019
Program Dates: April 2-3, 2019 (females), April 23-24, 2019 (ethnically diverse)

Credit Suisse – Top Talent Women’s Mentor Programs
Description: Multi-day programs in NYC, specific programs for IBD, S&T, AM, and Technology
Eligibility: Female, Sophomores (class of 2021)
Deadline: March 1, 2019 (estimated)
Link: https://credit-suisse.tal.net/vx/lang-en-GB/mobile-0/brand-9/xf-e58af072940d/candidate/so/pm/1/pl/118/opp/14315-2019-Insight-including-Winter-Spring-Programs/en-GB

Evercore – Women’s Sophomore Symposium
Description: 1-day program in NYC
Eligibility: Sophomore/ Junior Women
Deadline: February 24, 2019
Program Dates: March 29, 2019
Link: https://evercore.tal.net/vx/mobile-0/appcentre-ext/brand-4/candidate/so/pm/1/pl/1/opp/378-Evercore-Women-s-Sophomore-Symposium-Friday-March-29-2019/en-GB

Forte College Fast Track to Finance Internship
Description: 1 day program
Eligibility: Sophomore/Junior Women (all majors encouraged to apply)
Deadline: Applications open in December/January
Program Dates: Spring 2019 
Link: http://www.fortefoundation.org/site/PageServer?pagename=events_maketracks
* Forte has programs for getting internships, jobs, and resources for top MBA programs (think HBS, GSB, etc).
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Girls Who Invest
Description: Online Learners Program or Summer Intensive Program followed by Summer Internship
Eligibility: Freshman/Sophomore Women
Deadline: Applications open late August and close late November
Program Dates: June (Online Learning Programs), May-June (Summer Intensive Program)
Link: http://www.girlswhoinvest.org/timeline/

*Continue to check their website in July/August for updates on Summer 2020 applications 

Goldman Sachs – Undergraduate Camp
Description: Multi-day programs in NYC
Eligibility: URM, Female, or 1st generation college, freshman/sophomores
Deadline: January 6, 2019
Program Dates: Every Spring
Link: https://www.goldmansachs.com/careers/students/programs/americas/undergraduate-camp.html

Goldman Sachs – Pride Summit
Description: 2 day program in NYC
Eligibility: LGBTQ, freshman/sophomore/junior
Deadline: January 6, 2019
Program Dates: Every Spring
Link: https://www.goldmansachs.com/careers/students/programs/americas/goldman-sachs-pride-summit.html

JP Morgan – BA Early Advantage Program
Description: 2-day programs in NYC, Dallas, Chicago
Eligibility: URM/Female/LGBT/Veteran/Disability, Freshmen/Sophomores
Deadline: March 1, 2019 (Estimated)
Program Dates: Varies by location
Link: https://careers.jpmorgan.com/careers/US/en/programs/early-advantage-ba

*Applications have not been posted yet so continue to check the firm’s website for updates.

Lazard – Sophomore Women’s Event
Description: 1-day program
Eligibility: Sophomore Women
Deadline: March 1, 2019 (Estimated)
Program Dates: April 2019
Link: https://www.lazard.com/careers/sophomore-diversity-days/

*Applications have not been posted yet so continue to check the firm’s website for updates.

Moelis & Company Young Leaders Diversity Program
Description: 2-day program in NYC
Eligibility: Underrepresented group in banking industry (female, URM), Sophomore
Deadline: February 1, 2019  
Program Dates: March 14, 2019
Link: https://moelis.tal.net/vx/appcentre-PRE/brand-4/candidate/so/pm/1/pl/1/opp/29-2019-Young-Leaders-Diversity-Program/en-GB

Morgan Stanley – Early Insights Programs
Description: 1-2 day program in NYC (Opportunity to interviews for 2020 Summer Analyst positions during the Women Early Insight & Black, Hispanic, & Native American (BNHA) Programs)
Eligibility: Women, BNHA, LGBT+
Deadline: February 7, 2019 (BNHA & Women), March 6, 2019 (LGBT+) 
Program Dates: March 7-8 (BNHA), March 14-15 (Women), April 5 (LGBT+) 
Link: http://www.stanfordwomeninbusiness.com/opportunities-blog/2019/1/8/morgan-stanley-diversity-programs 

Morgan Stanley – 2019 Inside Access Day
Description: 1-day event in NYC
Eligibility: 2021 graduates with 3.5 GPA or higher
Deadline: January 25, 2019
Program Dates: February 22, 2019
Link: https://morganstanley.tal.net/vx/lang-en-GB/mobile-0/brand-2/xf-3786f0ce9359/candidate/so/pm/1/pl/1/opp/6746-2019-Inside-Access-Day/en-GB

Morgan Stanley – Freshmen Enhancement Program
Description: 1-week paid program at NYC office
Eligibility: Black, Hispanic, Native American or LGBT+ Freshman (Class of 2022)  
Deadline: January 3, 2019
Program Dates: May 20-24, 2019  
Link: http://www.stanfordwomeninbusiness.com/opportunities-blog/2018/12/5/morgan-stanley-2019-freshman-enhancement-program

Perella Weinburg Partners – Women’s Advisory Prep Program
Description: 2-day program in NYC (pipeline for accelerated junior SA position)
Eligibility: Sophomore Women (2021 graduation)
Deadline: February 15, 2019
Program Dates: March 21-22, 2019
Link: https://uscareers-pwpartners.icims.com/jobs/1460/2019-women%27s-advisory-prep-program—new-york/job

Perella Weinburg Partners – Advisory Diversity Prep Program
Description: 1-day program in NYC (pipeline for accelerated junior SA position)
Eligibility: Black, Hispanic/Latino, or Native American Sophomores (2021 graduation) 
Deadline: February 28, 2019
Program Dates: April 12, 2019 
Link: https://uscareers-pwpartners.icims.com/jobs/1461/2019-advisory-diversity-prep-program/job

Point72 Academy Summit
Description: 1-day event in NYC or San Francisco
Eligibility: Sophomore (2021 graduation), 3.3 GPA
Deadline: February 14, 2019
Program Dates: April 5, 2019 (NYC), April 12, 2019 (SF)
Link: http://www.stanfordwomeninbusiness.com/opportunities-blog/2018/12/29/point72-summit

Wells Fargo – Sophomore Leaders Conference
Description: 2-day program in Charlotte, NC
Eligibility: URM/Female/LGBT/Veteran/Disability, Freshmen/Sophomores/Juniors
Deadline: January 6, 2019
Program Dates: March 5-7, 2019
Link: https://www.wellsfargojobs.com/sophomoreleaders-earlycareers

RESOURCE: Stanford Women in Business has an “Opportunities” section on their website. This is a great place to check for internships, job postings, conferences, and more!Link: http://www.stanfordwomeninbusiness.com/opportunities-blog/?offset=1546991758203&reversePaginate=true