Investment Banking Industry Scholars (IBIS)

The IBIS program is a career program offered through the W. P. Carey School of Business dedicated to educating students on the investment banking industry.

IBIS Course Description:

  • Focus on investment banking organizational structures, products, risks, earnings, regulations, innovations and competition.
  • Analyze the functions of the “banking” business (corporate finance advisory, M&A, debt and equity capital markets), the “sales and trading” business (client-related sales and trading and proprietary trading) and other investment banking-related businesses (e.g., asset management, hedge funds, private equity, venture capital).
  • Review new, innovative Wall Street securities, instruments and advisory products.
  • Explore investment banking relationships with corporate and institutional clients.

Women and students in STEM are highly encouraged to participate.

Typical student profile

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15% of those applied are accepted into the IBIS program. Average class size about 15 students

Recent alumni placement

Some of the firms IBIS students intern and work for:

  • Goldman Sachs
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Credit Suisse
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Perella Weinberg Partners
  • Moelis and Company
  • Citibank
  • GCA Global
  • Barclays
  • Wells Fargo
  • Piper Jaffray
  • Ducera Partners
  • Jefferies
  • McKinsey and Co

Typical industries of alumni

Class grade breakdown

Application process and details

How to get involved*

The IBIS program is designed for those who will be freshman / rising sophomores in the 2025-26 academic year. Applications may be submitted for the 2025-2026 academic year between March 17 and April 4, 2025. No late application will be accepted.

Interested students should e-mail the following application materials to with the subject line IBIS Program Application:

  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcript
  • 1-2 page statement to include the following:
    • Brief statement of candidate's career goals and interest in IBIS Program
    • Summary of candidate's academic and professional background that indicates what the person would contribute to the IBIS Program

Applications will be reviewed by the IBIS director and leadership group. Selection will be announced in late April.


“Personally, IBIS enabled me to gain exposure to corporate finance, valuation, and the overall merger & acquisition environment. This was extremely helpful for me as I was going into my summer investment banking internship with J.P. Morgan, and ultimately contributed to me receiving a full-time offer with the firm.”

James Hert, J.P. Morgan, IBIS Alum

“The IBIS program provided me with the networking and technical skills that I needed to excel in investment banking. Through the IBIS program, I developed relationships with people who will be life-long friends and a skillset that will serve me throughout my career.”

Clayton Jenners, Deutsche Bank, IBIS Alum

“It comes as no surprise that the IBIS students who participate in our intern and full-time programs are extraordinarily qualified and well-prepared to work in a challenging work environment such as ours. The IBIS program and the W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU have put them in a position to not only pursue a career on Wall Street, but to succeed in a career on Wall Street.”

Elizabeth Crain, COO, Moelis & Company

Group photo Investment Banking Industry Scholars

Contact us

Albert Knoblach
Career Counselor, Employer Engagement

Werner Bonadurer, PhD
Clinical Professor of Finance
Faculty Director

Current student leaders

Eugenia Trakal

Colton Seykora

William Freiheit