MBA Internships: Broadening Investment Banking Skills


 Landon't Berkeley MBA: broadening investment banking skills, rooting for the Bears Landon Mizuguchi's Berkeley MBA: Broadening investment banking skills, rooting for the Bears

 Experience in M & A due diligence for a “Big 4” firm sparked Landon Mizuguchi’s interest in getting involved with a wider array of financial transactions.After speaking with friends and soon-to-be classmates, I knew that investment banking was a perfect fit--I could develop skills in valuation and business strategy, and continue to work on M&A transactions, while also advising clients on IPOs, takeover defenses, debt offerings, and all things corporate finance.” This summer he interned in the San Francisco office of a global investment bank.

Student: Landon Mizuguchi, MBA 14

Thrilled to be with this investment bank because: “This firm has such a strong culture of promoting teamwork, doing right by clients, and adhering to a set of business principles that resonate with me personally. And the people are quite similar to those at Berkeley-Haas: insightful and impressive, yet pleasant and down to earth.“

Can’t believe he’s getting the chance to: Participate in live M&A negotiations. “This experience provided me with invaluable insight into the tactical approaches and preparation necessary to execute large-scale transactions.”

New skill applied: Financial modeling. “Over the course of the internship, I worked on several financial analyses, including discounted cash flows, merger consequences, comparable companies, and leveraged buyouts.” He says his Corporate Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions courses provided the theory and context necessary to conduct these analyses in practice.

Banking Geeks Out: “Our SF office periodically holds ‘Geek Out’ sessions where an employee presents the art or science behind an interesting topic. One Managing Director (“MD”) shared his secrets behind earning/using Frequent Flier Miles, and, during our internship, summer analysts/associates taught the office about subjects ranging from unique forms of electricity, to the art and history of DJ’ing.”

Advancing career goals by: Learning. "I am working on interesting transactions with incredible people who have loads of experience, so whether I remain in investment banking or pursue another path, this internship has been wonderfully rewarding for my career.”

About The Author

From 2011-2013, Valerie Gilbert focused on sharing stories of Berkeley MBA student achievements and connection to the Haas Defining Principles. At Haas since 2004 and now Associate Director of Content Marketing, she still enjoys revealing the different facets of life at Berkeley-Haas to a variety of audiences.