Junior Analyst Internship Program
Blackford’s Junior Analyst program is more than an internship. Our undergraduate team members are hands-on, working on active deals and supporting companies with accountability for successful results.
The Junior Analysts in our internship program have the opportunity to work with some of our country’s most experienced business leaders and be a part of creating value and jobs that impact our investors, portfolio businesses and communities.
We provide one of the few undergrad private equity internship programs in the country. Skip the typical investment banking path into the PE field and get the experience you need to provide valuable services to private equity firms straight out of college.
Join a Collaborative
& Dynamic Team
“I wanted to work at Blackford Capital because the culture seemed just amazing, super upbeat, and I was ready to take on something that would challenge me.”
– Veronica Roberts, Intern
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The Internship Experience
As a Junior Analyst, you’ll work closely with our investment and operational teams and gain hands-on experience and training in areas such as deal sourcing, portfolio company governance, deal execution and detailed due diligence.
Each intern will participate on at least one transaction during their internship, and will also:
Work with Real Companies
You’ll travel to one of our portfolio companies to work with the executive team. We’ll assign interns to a portfolio company based on their specific background and interests.
Receive Formal Training
As part of the junior analyst program, you’ll receive specific and formal training on modeling in a course taught by a Grand Valley State University professor.
Contribute Your Insights
You’ll be asked to participate and sit in on meetings both with the internal Blackford team and our portfolio company executive teams.
Develop and Pitch Deals
The final project for junior analysts is to develop detailed deal and company analyses and present findings to our executive committee in a formal deal pitch. The executive committee will consider your analysis in final deal decisions.
“At Blackford Capital, you’re not just getting coffee or filing paperwork, you’re doing the work that actually matters to the firm.”
“I’ve learned so much that regular finance or business classes can’t teach and that most other internships can’t offer an intern. “
– Vineela Gogineni, UC Berkeley, Class of 2024
– Nick Lewis, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Class of 2024
– Nicholas Browning, Grand Valley State University, Class of 2023
– Ian Heil, 2018 Intern Class
Our Junior Analyst internship program is open to college sophomores, juniors and seniors. Candidates should be self-starters with an ability to work independently. Additional qualifications include:
- Business major with an emphasis in finance, economics, or accounting preferred
- Outstanding writing and communications skills
- Dependable, mature and able to work independently
- Ability to demonstrate good judgment and initiative
- Willingness and ability to effectively interact with investment bankers, board members, management teams and others outside the firm
- Excellent computer skills including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
- Professional appearance and attitude with solid knowledge of business etiquette
- Great attitude and sense of humor with a calm and professional demeanor
- Collaborative spirit and teamwork experience
Schedules & Compensation
October – December
January – April
Schedule: Program participants work a customizable part-time schedule around their school calendar with extra flexibility and time off for school breaks and exam weeks.
Hours: Participants can expect to work around 15 – 20 hours per week
Semesters: Participants can apply for either part-time semester at any time and can choose to participate during only one season or during both seasons.
Compensation: As true team members, our Junior Analysts receive a competitive salary based on their hours per week after an initial month-long training and education period. (Participants entering both part-time seasons only go through training once, for a fully paid second season.)
May – August
Schedule & Hours: As full time employees, program participants work a more intensive schedule between 50 – 70 hours a week.
Housing: Out of state participants can apply for student housing at the nearby GVSU campus. Housing and other personal expenses are not covered by Blackford.
Compensation: Compensation reflects the more rigorous schedule compared to the part-time semesters.
Applications: We recruit earlier in the year for our full-time Summer program, typically with a filled class by March.