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One-Week Summer Business Program

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What makes investment banking the career of choice for top Ivy League grads? Investment bankers make capitalism work. They conduct valuations of company worth for clients looking at a friendly merger. Investment bankers structure acquisitions, deciding whether shareholders will receive an all cash buyout or equity in the parent entity – and how much they will receive. Investment bankers come to the aid of companies seeking to avoid a hostile takeover, helping them search for more welcome suitors. They help privately held or start-up companies with IPOs, evaluating market conditions that may affect when the initial stock offering should occur and how much the asking price should be.

Investment banking firms may even put up the money themselves, assuming the risk and financial blow if the shares sell for less than what the firm paid as well as the reward and financial upside if the firm can sell the shares for over the purchase price. Just as top, luxury real estate brokers develop and call upon connections to find qualified buyers for high priced properties and to obtain leads in finding prospective clients looking to sell, investment bankers also rely upon connections, know-how, and their own reputation to bring together buyers and sellers in order to broker deals. Investment bankers also interface with attorneys to follow complex federal regulations governing the buying and selling of securities.

This one-week summer program is designed for teens interested in business & math.

Looking for a more in-depth finance experience? Consider our three-week Finance program.

Student visits a stock trading room in the Investment Banking one-week summer program



July 29 – August 2, 2024 | Gann/Bentley, Waltham


July 29 – August 2, 2024 | Boston Location

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Investment bankers work notoriously long hours – the compensation, however, can be breathtaking. First year analysts can expect to make $100-150,000 a year. At 3-6 years, “all-in” (including bonuses) compensation averages $410,000, with a range from $250,000 to $1,000,000. Department heads average an astonishing $2.5 million per year!

Is investment banking for you? Find out by reserving a seat for this one-week summer business program! Hands-on activities, film clips, and lectures bring the field to life. Sign up today!

Instructor: Charles Smith

Charles Smith is an Adjunct Professor and Ph.D. candidate in Entrepreneurial Studies at UMass Lowell, a graduate of Texas Tech School of Law, Rawls College of Business and Texas and Prairie View A&M University. Mr. Smith is a successful SBA Lender with over 15 years of experience, including a Senior Vice President position at Eastern Bank and Head of SBA Lending at Northern Bank. 

Instructor: Jerry Porter

Jerry Porter earned his MBA from Babson College, the top Entrepreneurship school in the country for 21 years running. He went on to join Fidelity Investments, where his skill set lent itself to several roles. During his tenure, Jerry was an institutional block trader, manager, trainer, and company spokesperson. Following his time at Fidelity, Jerry became a full-time lecturer in Economics at Northeastern University and a part-time lecturer at Babson College. He is also a successful public speaker, focusing on current economic issues and institutional trading. 

Students pose in front of a whiteboard in the Investment Banking one-week summer business program

Student Comments from Summer 2023

I liked how we learned about different parts of investment banking (PV versus FV, day in the life, etc.) I also liked how the teacher designed a curriculum based on what we wanted to know.’

Generally, we learned the principles of financial investing, as well as starting to learn what an investment banker does, and how to prepare in high school. Both teachers were great, and made the course enjoyable.’

I enjoyed how the class was taught. Not only did we learn information about things like stocks, we also learned some life skills like collaboration. I enjoyed the teaching style and appreciated our teacher. I am honored that I took his class.’

My teachers made the classroom experience enjoyable and interesting. I enjoyed the diversity of topics and subjects covered.’

I think they did well to illustrate the basics on investment banking while also talking about key parts of finance.’

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