Investment Management Summer Associate Program for First Year MBAs
American Century Investments® attracts and hires exceptional people of high integrity who thrive in a team environment.
Operating in a generalist capacity, summer associates play a vital role. As a member of a team charged with managing one or more of the company's strategies, our associates provide timely fundamental research required for stock selection.
History and Success
Since the start of our program in 1998, 40% of our former associates have been hired as full time employees after graduation. Ninety percent of those hired are still employed with us today.
Exposure to Disciplines
Summer associates spend approximately 12 weeks at American Century Investments and may be exposed to a variety of disciplines, including:
- U.S. Growth Equity (Kansas City, Missouri)
- U.S. Value Equity (Kansas City, Missouri)
- Fixed Income (Mountain View, California)
- Quantitative Equity (Mountain View, California)
- Global & Non-U.S. Equity (New York, New York)
Multi-discipline exposure is accomplished with a planned rotation schedule.
The Summer Associate Experience
My Story - Michael Li, Ph.D., Vice President and Portfolio Manager
After graduating from the University of Michigan I was accepted to the Wharton MBA Program. In 2001, I was hired as a summer associate at American Century Investments. This was a great opportunity for me. The team oriented culture and friendly people helped me fit right in. I worked with a great team where I participated in daily discussions about stocks and learned, hands-on, how decisions are made regarding which stocks to buy or sell.
Summer associates are treated as analysts and some of the decisions as to which stocks to buy or sell were based on my recommendations.
In 2002, I began my full-time career at American Century Investments. My experience as a summer associate made it easy for me to transition from college to career. I knew exactly what I'd be doing and what was expected of me. Now, I have the opportunity to manage new summer associates. It's a great feeling to share what I've learned and help them grow as analysts.
My Story - Brad Eixmann, Vice President and Portfolio Manager
While obtaining my MBA at the University of Texas I participated as a student portfolio manager on the school's investment fund. I was determined to get a top buy-side investment management opportunity that would give me the very best experience and, hopefully, lead to a full-time offer. American Century Investments certainly fit.
I liked that I would be doing the exact same work as the full-time investment analysts, the rotational aspect of the program and my comfort level with the teams and people I met during the interview process. This felt like a great place to come to work every day.
As a summer associate seven of the stocks I pitched were bought by the portfolio managers. In 2001, the same year I was a summer associate, I was hired by American Century Investments. My responsibilities as a full-time analyst were extremely similar to what I did as an associate.
With most of my friends and family living in Texas, my decision to move to Kansas City was a complicated one. But, I knew this would be a great place to raise a family, and after also considering the company's great culture and career opportunities, the decision ended up being easy.
My Story - Emily Smith, Investment Analyst
As a summer associate from New York University, I had the opportunity to analyze a wide variety of companies covering many different sectors and countries. I actively contributed to the team by recommending stocks for the portfolio.
At the start of the day we had a meeting that included the whole investment team. We started by reviewing the market events that occurred overnight and then our specific portfolio team met to discuss portfolio related news. During the rest of the day I would join other analysts and portfolio managers researching companies or working on a specific project. This gave me the opportunity to interact with others on my team and throughout the company.
I played an active role on my team and was responsible for updates, earnings and news on the companies I covered. Through my mentor and interactions with other team members, I learned the best way to structure my analysis and how to best present my ideas.
The main difference between my experience as a summer associate and my classmates was that I got to hit the ground running from day one. Many of them had to go through weeks of training before they started analyzing companies. The work I did had an immediate impact on the company.
Mentors and Feedback
Experienced professionals act as mentors to summer associates, ensuring you have someone to confer with often. Rotation managers provide feedback on a regular basis - at the midpoint of each rotation and at the end. This feedback includes a detailed review in order to gauge your progress.
My Story - Chad Baumler, Senior Investment Analyst
The mentor program provides an excellent opportunity for full-time employees who came through the summer associate program to share their insights and experiences with prospective analysts.
When I was a summer associate, I discovered the learning process never stops in this exciting, dynamic business. Now, as a mentor, I help our new summer associates understand our culture, what we do and how we navigate the many processes we have in place to analyze a company. I enjoy reviewing our methodology with them and explaining our competitive advantage.
In addition to working together, we get to know each other better while giving time to a community project. One of the projects we worked on this last year was building a home for Habitat for Humanity.
One of the best parts about being a mentor is witnessing and sharing in the enthusiasm our summer associates bring with them. The passion for investment management and the drive to succeed are always present within the interns we hire, and it is always a pleasure to see how they harness this over the summer.
Our summer associate program is a critical step in recruiting full time employees. You will be paid a competitive salary based on experience and education.
When you join our team as a summer associate, you will be enrolled on your first day in our Retirement Plan. This includes employer matching funds on your contributions.
Summer associates participate in a robust schedule of activities that foster relationships with other investment professionals and provide exposure to other business units. One such activity is our speaker series, where summer associates gain exposure to senior management.
Specific requirements are posted with each job listing. Investment management summer associates are students between their first and second year of their MBA program.
To begin the application process, use the Apply Now link in the right margin. This will take you to our career site where you may search for open summer associate positions.
We often recruit directly on campus to find top talent for our Summer Associate Program for First Year MBAs. Even though we may not come to your campus, you are encouraged to visit your university's online career board to search for open positions. Or, try the links in the right margin to visit our career site.
Please note - our Investment Management Summer Associate Program for First Year MBAs typically begins the Monday after the June CFA exam each year and ends the last Friday in August.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
To support the professional development of our summer associates, we designate experienced professionals as mentors to each of our summer associates. Mentors provide feedback and guidance in areas such as job performance, human relations and role expectations.
To build relationships with other summer associates, interns and company professionals, you may participate in planned events such as attending a professional baseball game, shared orientations or planned off-site activities.