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Northern Trust Intern Program – Corporate Finance

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Northern Trust

Northern Trust Intern Program – Corporate Finance
Chicago, IL Internship Paid


At Northern Trust, we place a huge value on “fit” – our clients, the services we provide, the technology we create, and most importantly, the people we hire.

As an intern applicant, we want to get to know you - what you value, how you solve problems, what you aspire to, and whether we’re a good “fit” for your skills and career goals. And if it’s a fit, then the opportunities extend beyond the internship – summer interns have first access to explore and apply to full-time positions available after graduation.

Why Northern Trust?

Opportunity for Growth - Our employees have grown with our business, expanding their skills, their roles, and their earning potential. As an intern, get hands on experience working in a dynamic and growth-oriented business environment.

Unique Culture - People matter at Northern Trust – leaders are accessible and vested in mentoring employees – including our interns. At Northern Trust, you’ll be part of a collaborative work culture that encourages personal development and movement within the company.

Do work that matters - Northern Trust is committed to contributing to the communities we serve. In addition to opportunities for volunteering and community service for employees, our clients include research institutions, museums, foundations, universities, and philanthropists who collectively invest tens of billions in fostering positive change around the world.

We’d love to learn more about how your experience and areas of interest could be the right fit with a diverse, ethical company that is also one of the world’s most admired:

“Ranked #1, America’s Best Employers for Diversity” (Forbes Magazine, 2018)

“A World's Most Ethical Company” (Ethisphere Institute, 2017 – 4th Consecutive Year)

“World’s Most Admired Companies” (Fortune Magazine, 2018 – 12th Consecutive Year)

The Northern Trust Intern Program

With a 129-year history, trillions of dollars in assets and a worldwide reputation for service, expertise and integrity, a Northern Trust internship is a unique opportunity to learn and develop critical skills for your career. While adding one of the world’s most stable and respected institutions to your resume, you will be engaged in various activities:

A. Contribute - Be a contributing member of a team working on real world projects for our clients. Our interns are active and valued members of the teams they are placed on.

B. Intern Programming - Professional development throughout the intern experience includes weekly lunch & learns, a group research and presentation project, volunteer opportunities, and every intern is paired up with a mentor.

C. Learning & Networking - We encourage our interns to learn as much as they can about different opportunities within financial services. Part of your “work” includes meeting with full time employees for informational coffees and meetings – all of which help you develop skills and get a better perspective on where you want to take your career.

Corporate Finance Opportunities– Gain training and oversight of accounting and financial infrastructures, managing the corporation’s financial position and financial analytics and reporting. Team placements include:

  • Controllers – Global Financial Controls
  • Northern Trust Asset Management Finance
  • Northern Trust Wealth Management Finance
  • Treasury Department

Northern Trust does not/will not sponsor Intern Program candidates for work authorization now or in the future, including H-1B petitions.


Our ten-week summer internship program focuses on hiring rising senior undergraduate students who meet most or all of the following:

  • Current full-time undergraduate student with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Accounting coursework
  • Understanding of financial statements with the ability to assess, analyze, and interpret financial information
  • Active communicator with leadership, teamwork and client servicing ability
  • Analytical, organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Adaptable with ability to learn quickly in high-pressure environments
  • Well-rounded with an appreciation of diversity and inclusion
  • Knowledge of and interest in the financial services industry
  • There will be 3 stages of the application process. Upon completion of all steps, our recruiters will work with selected candidates on identifying the best role for them.

About Us

For more than a century, Northern Trust has worked hard building a legacy of outstanding service, expertise, and integrity. With over 18,000 employees globally, we serve the world’s most-sophisticated clients – from sovereign wealth funds and the wealthiest individuals and families to the most-successful hedge funds and corporate brands.