Investment Banking

Investment Banking Immersion (IBI)

Providing real-world investment banking experience to students in an academic environment.


Analyzing actual transactions and developing new business pitches for CEOs are just two of the many ways that students apply the practices they learn through the IBI immersion. Students acquire a unique, firsthand, and comprehensive understanding of the investment banking industry, along with a range of technical skills that position them for success and set them apart from their peers.

Career Path

  • Investment banking

A Sample of Companies Recruiting Here

Recent IBI students secured MBA internships and full-time employment at prestigious banks and financial institutions such as:

  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Citi
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Evercore
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Guggenheim
  • Jefferies
  • JP Morgan
  • Houlihan Lokey
  • Moelis

And more.


  • Poets & Quants ranked Johnson’s investment banking immersion (IBI) #3 in investment banking placement.
  • Eighty-five percent of our students convert their internships into full-time offers—significantly higher than the “street” average conversion rate of 70 percent.
  • Nearly all IBI participants receive summer associate internship offers in investment banking.

Curriculum Details

Students enrolled in this immersion will have the opportunity to learn from first-rate faculty, visit Wall Street firms, analyze landmark transactions, get advice from senior clients, and be coached and critiqued by top investment bankers, week in and week out, for a full semester. IBI’s dynamic curriculum includes:

  • IBI Practicum
  • Theory-based courses in accounting, modeling, operations, and analytics
  • Electives such as valuation, governance, financial policy, restructuring tax, and more

Key Skills Developed

The investment banking immersion cultivates and strengthens your skillsets with a special focus on:

  • Advising corporate clients
  • Raising capital
  • Conducting merger and acquisition activity

Clubs & Associations

Take advantage of clubs, associations, and networking opportunities related to investment baking, such as:

Old Ezrea Finance Club

Old Ezra Finance Club

The Finance Club, named after Ezra Cornell, the founder of this renowned Ivy League University, is the oldest and largest club at Cornell’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management.

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Investment Banking Immersion BusinessFeed

Plates of food on a table
May 23, 2019

Grubhub and Groupon: What if they merged?

Bryan Burroughs, Two-Year MBA ’20, reflects on teaming up with classmates to solve a real-world business scenario for the Investment Banking Immersion.

Students working together
April 5, 2019

IBI case: To LBO or not to LBO, that was the question

Christina Park, MBA ’02, of RBC Capital Markets was the special guest for the Investment Banking immersion analysis on a potential LBO target.

March 26, 2019

Re-energizing P&G’s bottom line with the IBI’s Duracell case study

The Investment Banking Immersion (IBI) hosted Procter & Gamble CFO Jon Moeller to discuss approaches to corporate strategy.

Investment Banking Immersion Handout

Investment Banking Immersion Handout

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