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Investment Banking Associate


As a Baird Associate, you’ll serve as a central contributor on every transaction. Through ongoing client interaction, lean teams with extensive junior-senior collaboration, and best-in-class deals, you’ll develop critical skills and expertise. Leveraging these experiences, you’ll discover your ideal career path and obtain the tools to pursue it.

At Baird, our Associates play a critical role in ensuring successful outcomes for our clients. Associate recruits carry a reputation for excellence that mirrors that of our firm. The associate program begins with four weeks of intensive training and continues with work experience that’s adapted to build upon your individual career interests and goals.

“Baird will give a recommendation to the client… the right one, even if it could be more difficult, and I think that speaks to the quality of our advice. It’s great to see those decisions being made and focusing on what is right, versus what is easy.

If somebody wants to be focused on clients, and really enjoy teamwork, Baird is the best place to be. Baird really seemed to have that unique approach where they want you to stay and they want you to grow within the firm, rather than use your skills for the first two to three years and then let you do something else. I keep learning every day; I keep meeting new clients every day, and I see myself really stepping into the shoes of my managing directors and directors one day, and that opportunity is very exciting.”

Investment Banking Associate

Envision What You Will Do as an Investment Banking Associate:

  • Manage the preparation of company valuations and financial models
  • Oversee the development of marketing materials, including roadshow presentations and pitch books
  • Directly collaborate with client management teams and third parties throughout marketing and diligence
  • Guide interactions among corporate clients, private equity firms, and third-party deal participants

Learn What You Can Expect:

  • A pivotal, high-touch role on very transaction team
  • Rich work experience tailored to your individual career interests
  • A wide variety of industry and transaction experience, working across teams and sub-sectors
  • Deliberate, thoughtful balance between personal life and a high-powered career
  • A network of internal and external contacts that will be invaluable throughout your career
  • Mentoring, training, and guidance that open the door to the next phase of your trajectory
  • A relaxed office atmosphere where you can dress for your day

Campus Programs

Spend your summer learning from the best and position yourself for a successful career in investment banking! Our competitive summer internship program is offered in a variety of our locations with the bulk being in Chicago and Milwaukee. We will begin recruiting for summer 2020 internships in September 2019. We have a consistent track record of making full-time associate offers upon internship completion.

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