Investor Relations Junior Analyst Program
Blackford’s Investor Relations (IR) Junior Analyst program is more than an internship. Our undergraduate team members gain valuable hands-on experience in nearly every area of our business.
This program is housed within our Investor Relations (IR) Department, a critical team within our organization. The work that our IR Interns perform has an impact all across Blackford Capital. The IR Department leads database management, client services, LP sourcing, communications, marketing and event planning for our firm.
As an IR Intern, you will have the opportunity to interact internally with the investment team, the accounting team and organizational leaders to help accomplish Blackford Capital’s strategic goals.
Essential Job Responsibilities
Market Research and LP Analysis
Conduct market research to help the Blackford better understand investor expectations, industry trends, competitor performance, and prospective LPs to contact. This research can inform the company’s strategic decisions and communication strategies.
Assist the IR Analyst & IR Manager in the creation of presentation materials and emails, pitch decks, and other essential LP documentation regarding investments and investment opportunities; Record and maintain all investment documentation accurately.
Build and Foster LP Relationships
Provide timely responses or drafts to day-to-day LP inquiries, personalized outreach, and assist the IR Analyst & IR Manager with onboarding initiatives, the Investor Conference, etc, with direction from IR Analyst & IR Manager.
LP Communication and Reporting
Support the IR Analyst & IR Manager on investor communication protocols; assisting in the timely and accurate preparation, distribution, and tracking of investor materials including financial reports, portfolio company quarterly performance reports, LP conference call materials, capital call notices and documentation, and distribution/return of capital documentation.
Internal Fundraising Efforts
Assist in the preparations and execution of capital calls and in efforts regarding other investor relations strategies, including targeting and outreach initiatives.
Assist with the tracking of personal client information and communication, including contact information, investment entity names, NDAs, etc., ensuring all records are accurate and up-to-date.
Investor Relations Meetings
Support the IR Analyst & IR Manager before, during and after meetings by preparing reporting, agendas, and other materials for all IR, Equity and Fundraise meetings, recording, subsequently distributing meeting minutes, and supporting the IR Analyst & IR Manager on all follow-up initiatives to ensure action items are completed.
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The Internship Experience
The purpose of this internship is to provide investor relations and marketing support to the Equity Team. Investor Relations Junior Analysts provide support to Blackford’s Equity Team primarily through interactions with current Limited Partners and outreach to prospective Limited Partners; this may be through the release of information, fielding and resolving inquires, recording and tracking requests to ensure timely and complete service.
Each intern will:
Partner with Internal Departments
The IR Department provides Limited Partners with numerous reports and documents. In this role, you’ll gain exposure to the accounting, administrative, and investment teams at Blackford.
Develop Fundraising Processes
As an IR Intern, you will learn how to source and propose prospective LPs to our Managing Directors.
Contribute Your Insights
You’ll be asked to participate and sit in on specific fundraise meetings and IR Department meetings, as well as meeting with our marketing and communications teams.
“Private equity is very difficult to break into, even after graduating. So, being able to do something like this in my sophomore year is a great experience… The culture at Blackford is definitely extremely supportive.”
“I enjoy speaking with LPs and meeting with my colleagues. I do a lot of work with the LPs and data management… I would recommend an internship at Blackford Capital. They put you in a professional setting of private equity. So, very beneficial in every single way.”
Our IR internship program is open to college sophomores, juniors and seniors. Candidates should be self-starters with an ability to work independently. Additional qualifications include:
- Seeking a degree in Finance, Economics, Accounting, Marketing, Business, or Communications preferred
- Excellent computer skills including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
- Great attitude and sense of humor with a calm and professional demeanor
- Dependable, mature and able to work independently
- Ability to demonstrate good judgment and initiative
- Excellent written communication, presentation and networking skills
- Adaptability with strong organizational and problem-solving skills
- Time management skills and ability to multi-task and prioritize work
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.
May – August
Schedule & Hours: As full time employees, program participants work a more intensive schedule between 40 – 50 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.