Banking & Finance Careers

A Davidson education is excellent preparation for a career in banking and finance. Many students take advantage of the college's employment preparation programs and its connection to internships and entry-level positions.

Employment Preparation

Training the Street

Training The Street (TTS) is the world's leading provider of instructor-led courses in financial modeling and corporate valuation training to Wall Street investment banks, business schools and colleges. Currently, TTS offers live training programs to interns, analysts and associates at more than 50 banks and corporate businesses, including Wall Street's 10 largest banks. Two TTS training programs, corporate valuation and financial modeling, are offered each year.

Davidson Coursework

Students enter finance from all majors, but coursework through the Department of Economics will help prepare you for entrance in to the industry: 

  • Microeconomics and Macroeconomics
  • Econometrics
  • Introduction and Intermediate Accounting
  • Cost Accounting
  • Finance
  • Money and the Financial System
  • International Trade
  • International Finance

Career Preparation Talks

Banking and finance professionals visit Davidson each semester to speak with students about their work and their recommendations for success. Examples of recent talks include: Breaking in to Wall Street, Investment Banking Boot Camp, Succeeding in Wealth Management, and Careers in Equity Research

Alumni Networking and Job Shadowing

Davidson has one of the most active and engaged alumni networks in the country. Many students benefit from one-on-one career coaching that provides individualized preparation for a career in banking and finance. Students gain access to helpful alumni through three primary networking programs:

  • Alenda Links-Davidson's Alumni Database
  • Davidson Finance Network Group on LinkedIn
  • Davidson Job Shadowing Program

Davidson Investment and Finance Association

The Davidson Investment and Financial Association manages $200,000 of the college's endowment. The student-run club was founded on the principles of education and the college's need for an effective and unique way to educate the student body about the stock market.

Student and Alumni Success in Banking and Finance

Internship and Entry-Level Opportunities Secured by Students

Banking and Finance employers from New York City, Charlotte and other cities recruit Davidson students for internship and entry-level positions through our alumni and recruiting contacts. Below is a sample of the banks and financial services firms that have recently hired Davidson students:

  • Ally Financial
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Bank of New York Mellon
  • Barclays
  • BB&T
  • BlackArch
  • BlackRock
  • Credit Suisse
  • Davenport & Company
  • Deloitte Corporate Finance
  • Goldman Sachs
  • J.P. Morgan
  • KeyBanc
  • Piper Jaffray
  • RBC Capital Markets
  • Wells Fargo Securities

Recent MBA Programs Attended by Davidson Alumni

With a Davidson degree and excellent work experience, our alumni graduate from the top MBA programs in the country:

  • Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
  • Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
  • Harvard Business School
  • Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
  • Stanford University Graduate School of Business
  • Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College
  • Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania

Davidson Leaders in Banking and Finance

An internship or entry-level job is only the start of a successful career in banking and finance for Davidson alumni. Many sit at the director level or higher at banks, hedge funds, private equity firms and investment management firms. Employers include:

  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Barclays
  • BB&T
  • BlackRock
  • Bourne Partners
  • Brown Brothers Harriman
  • Calvert Investments
  • Canaccord Genuity
  • Cowen & Company
  • FBR
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Guggenheim Partners
  • Janney Montgomery Scott
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Jeffries & Company
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Raymond James
  • RBC Capital Markets
  • Standard & Poor's
  • SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
  • UBS Investment Bank
  • Wells Fargo Securities