Finance Career Options

Guide to Internships and Full-time Employment

Mike Ilitch School of Business

Office of Career Planning & Placement (CPP)

What is Finance?

Finance is the management of money which includes investing, borrowing, lending, budgeting, saving, and forecasting. There are four main areas of finance: banks, institutions, public accounting, and corporate.

Courses within the finance major provide a solid background in many subjects including:

  • Financial markets and intermediaries
  • Measuring the risk and return of investments
  • Financial management in international money and capital markets
  • Functional areas of bank management and related financial institutions
  • Recent developments in futures and options

For more information on the finance program at the Mike Ilitch School of Business:

Traditional Career Titles Entry-Level Titles in Finance Top Industries in Finance
  • Stockbroker
  • Budget Analyst
  • Credit Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Planner
  • Investment Banker
  • Financial Auditor
  • Financial Analyst
  • Personal Financial Advisor
  • Investment Banking Analyst
  • Junior Tax Associate/Accountant
  • Banking Insurance
  • Investment Banking
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Corporate and Public Finance

What Can I Do with this Major?

Industries Suggested Employers

Corporate and Public Finance

  • Treasury
  • Budget Analysis
  • Financial Analysis
  • Investor Relations
  • Risk Management
  • Financial Reporting
  • Investment Management
  • Cash and Credit Management
  • DOW
  • DTE Energy
  • General Motors
  • Owens Corning
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Stellantis


  • Mortgage Loans
  • Private Banking
  • Branch Management
  • Commercial Lending
  • Corporate Credit Analysis
  • Ally
  • Comerica Bank
  • Chemical/TDF Bank
  • Huntington National Bank
  • Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans


  • Sales
  • Claims Analysis
  • Risk Management
  • Travelers
  • Comerica Bank
  • Northwestern Mutual

Personal Financial Planning

  • Sales
  • Customer Service
  • Financial Planning
  • Portfolio Management
  • AXA Advisors
  • Prudential
  • Raymond James Financial

Investment Banking

  • Trading
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Corporate Financial Analysis
  • JP Morgan
  • AYCO, a Goldman Sachs Co.

Areas of Finance

Banks Institutions Public Accounting Corporates
  • Sales & Trading
  • Equity Research
  • Investment Banking
  • Commercial Banking
  • Research
  • Private Equity
  • Portfolio Management
  • Valuations
  • Due Diligence
  • Transaction Advisory
  • FP & A
  • Treasury
  • Investor Relations
  • Corporate Development

Fall and Winter Career Fair

  • Annual career fairs held in October and March for Ilitch business students and alumni to meet with employers in various functions for internships/co-op positions and full-time employment
  • Check Handshake for details

Meet the Accounting Firms Career Fair

  • Annual career fair held in September for accounting and finance students/alumni interested in pursuing a CPA or other related certification
  • Engage with employers recruiting for co-op/ internships and full-time positions in public or private industries
  • Check Handshake for details

Internship and Full-Time Employment

  • Internships occur anytime during the academic year
  • Full-time recruiting occurs during the first three months of the Fall and Winter semester
  • Check Handshake for details

Quick Prep Tips for Finance Students

  • Apply for jobs, register for CPP events, research employers on Handshake
  • Attend Meet & Greets, Company Presentations, Career Fair Prep, and Mock Interviews
  • Attend Ilitch Business career fairs
  • Submit resume for review and approval on Handshake or schedule an appointment with a CPP advisor
  • Prepare for upcoming interviews. How?
    • Meet with CPP staff for one-on-one guidance
    • Schedule for Monday Mock Interviews, check Handshake for details
  • Know your options! Research companies in Finance
  • Purchase business professional attire. Need help? Check out Mary Ann Goldsberry Professional Dress Closet located in the CPP Suite 229

Warriors Get Involved

Consider joining one or more of the following student organizations:

  • Beta Alpha Psi
  • Financial Management Association
  • Association of Latino Professionals in Finance

More information on Ilitch Business student organizations can be found at

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