List of mutual funds that hire out of undergrad?

Hi all, I've searched this topic but wasn't able to find any up-to-date information that seemed accurate.

Does anyone know what mutual funds typically hire full time research analysts out of undergrad? I know T Rowe, Fidelity, MFS, Putnam, Dodge & Cox, and Wellington, but are there more?

Also, how does one land a position at these places without OCR? Networking and sending a one-page write up? 

Thanks in advance. Very willing to give SBs to anyone who contributes! 

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Apr 5, 2021 - 10:58am

Depends what role. Many of them have non investor roles that still give a great understanding of the fund business and how the particular family operates, where they focus, client service areas, research, product strategy,  and overall fund knowledge. These are great pre mba roles and provide very good placement opportunities for top MBA programs where you can move back tot he fund or pursue other opportunities.

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Apr 5, 2021 - 11:06am

Thanks for your input rickle. Do you know which ones have research programs out of undergrad in which you're on the track to one day be a PM?

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Apr 8, 2021 - 4:17pm

They also recruit from Columbia and Chicago if I'm not mistaken 

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Apr 5, 2021 - 2:35pm

All the places you mentioned above do hire out of undergrad but it is a very small amount for FO roles like Buyside Equity Research, Quant Research, FI Research, and some MO/BO operations like reporting and fund management etc. The best way to recruit is to look for application openings. I know Fidelity, T Rowe, MFS, Dodge, Wellington all have summer internship and FT slots available for students in undergrad. To get noticed networking helps and also demonstrating a passion for investing. Keep in mind all these shops don't hire much from undergrad so the incoming intern/FT class sizes are much smaller in comparison to IB (think 3-25 ppl in research) ...not a lot of people know about these jobs so the key is to get a head start early and show you'd like to build a career on the buyside in an investing capascity.

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Apr 5, 2021 - 2:45pm

Thank you so much for your input - I'll be sure to start reaching out to some of these places to express my interest. I've got some internship experience at a local fund/at my student fund, I'm in my school's investment club leadership, and I've been reading typical value investing books (margin of safety, intelligent investor, etc.) so I can talk about general investing principles, but do you have any additional tips on how to express interest?

For further context, I'm a junior at a semi-target, interning at GS/MS/PJT/EVR in a solid IBD group this summer, but I've realized that I ultimately want to work in public equities. I figure I'd prefer to go into FO buyside research right out of college if I can rather than waiting 4+ years to eventually end up at a HF, but I realize I'm starting really late to try and get into one of these positions. Do you think it's too late to land a FT role at a place like this? I know there are far fewer seats than at a bank but I'm hoping I can get some interviews during the FT recruiting cycle.

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  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Apr 5, 2021 - 7:14pm

When you interview with the big AM shops they'll be more interested in learning about your internship experience at the local fund and school fund you mentioned and will probably dig deeper to see if you can pitch them a good stock (always have 2-3 good pitches prepared and in your back pocket throughout recruiting) they will also probably ask you about your opinion on the overall market, broader picture, macro view. A couple of friends who went thru the process always mention getting a PM or senior analyst asking them to discuss their view on the markets. In order to express more interest just follow markets closely and begin to form an opinion on the information you're consuming don't just consume... and maybe talk about your PA if you have experience trading on an actual account or even using a simulated platform but garnered impressive returns. This shows ambition and passion for markets.

Congrats on the IBD summer internship role! I will let someone else with more experience chime in on this topic but if your goal is L/S equities or any other strategy most of the time you will be better off in banking, because, sell-side IB is an easier and defined path to recruit for many different types of hedge funds(Distressed, Activist, Credit, LO). With that being said it is not impossible to go from the big AM shops to a L/S fund if that's your goal but you will need to craft a very good story about why you'd like to transition and advocate heavily for your own interests and passion for public equities. I will say you're not late to the party you can still recruit but make sure you have a strong answer for "why not go back to IB instead of transition to "XYZ" AM shop...?"  Also, if this AM path doesn't work out you're still in incredibly great shape if you get the IBD FT offer since you'll be at a top bank and solid group you can go ahead and recruit HF's your first year in IBD instead of PE like your peers and still end up in a great or even better spot than you may have anticipated. IB-->HF is a recognizable pathway that people have embarked on in this forum. You don't HAVE to do PE beforehand. The best way to know what you'll eventually like is to talk to as many people as possible in both AM and HF's and network constantly so you can form your opinion based on your networking experiences. 

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