The Hawkinson Institute of Business Finance


The Value Proposition for Our Clients

How Hawkinson Helps Recruiters

The Hawkinson Institute makes it easy for firms from across the country to have access to the very best University of Iowa students.

  • We help match students with recruiters' specific needs, so companies can find the right people without having to incur the costs associated with on-campus recruiting.
  • We send recruiters a prescreened, prequalified set of student resumes (typically no more than 10) and provide additional background on each student.
  • Scholars are not provided with recruiter contact information; the firm controls the interaction.
  • For firms that want to do on-campus interviews, we can coordinate the logistics with the University of Iowa's Pomerantz Career Center.
  • We can assist students with interview costs where travel may be required for a first-round interview.
  • We can coordinate recruiters' informational trips to the University of Iowa campus.

What Differentiates Hawkinson Scholars

Our staff has more than 15 years of experience in investment banking—from the analyst level to the managing director level. We provide Hawkinson students with the skills and knowledge they need to hit the ground running.

The result: Hawkinson Scholars have proven exceptionally competitive with their peers at financial services firms. Nearly 100% of scholars placed in investment banking internships have received full-time offers after graduation in recent years. Among the qualities that differentiate Hawkinson Scholars are:

  • Strong Midwestern work ethic.
  • Ability to contribute from Day 1. Scholars can build detailed valuation models and know what a pitch book looks like before they arrive on the job.
  • Comprehensive awareness of a wide variety of financial services industries and how they are integrated.
  • Up-to-date on industry news and market dynamics through participation in weekly student-initiated roundtables.
  • In-depth experience with equity valuation methodologies through participation in the Krause Fund (an endowed equity portfolio actively managed by Iowa undergraduates).