Private Equity Internship


Join our Fall Internship Program 

August/September - December

Minimum 12 week commitment

(15-20 hrs/week)


Private Equity Intern Position

Private Equity Interns shadow and learn from SFA's entrepreneurs at every stage of the search process: research, outreach, business model evaluation and company due diligence. This comprehensive experience gives interns insight into a variety of industries and companies. In addition, SFA organizes frequent workshops and events to increase interns' exposure to innovative business ideas and enhance their skills.

This unpaid Internship Program is open to current students who receive course credit from their university.

Our Private Equity Intern alumni have continued their careers at outstanding investment firms, investment banks and consulting firms. Six of our interns have graduated and joined Search Fund Accelerator as Private Equity Analysts.


Interns learn how to:

  • Identify and evaluate potential acquisition targets

  • Conduct research to identify and evaluate industries of interest

  • Interface with brokers to source opportunities

  • Analyze financial statements, business models and other information in Confidential Information Memoranda

  • Conduct due diligence on acquisition targets

  • Recruit and train future SFA interns

Required qualifications

  • Undergraduate student eligible to receive course credit for the internship

  • An entrepreneurial, energetic, optimistic attitude

  • Strong analytical abilities and attention to detail

  • Excellent English communication skills, both written and oral

  • A keen interest in finance and entrepreneurship

  • A strong work ethic

  • A good understanding of financial statements

helpful qualifications

  • A business-related major

  • At least one prior internship experience


The SFA Internship Experience

engaging atmosphere

  • Highly entrepreneurial environment

  • Convenient downtown Boston location

  • Flexible schedule for exams, breaks, etc.

developing skills 

  • Day-to-day learning from Searchers

  • Workshops and events

career building 

  • Hands-on experience

  • One-on-one mentorship

  • Personalized career counseling

networking opportunities 

  • Engage with successful entrepreneurs with experience in PE, IB, industry and consulting

  • Discuss business topics with frequent guest speakers


Post-SFA Opportunities

Interning at SFA provides interns with experience that is applicable in every corner of the business arena. Our alumni have continued their careers at firms such as:

investment banks

  • Goldman Sachs

  • UBS

  • Deutsche Bank

  • Loomis, Sayles & Co

  • Bank of America

  • Morgan Stanley

  • Silicon Valley Bank

  • Alvarez & Marsal

Consulting firms

  • Bain & Co

  • Deloitte

  • Ernst & Young 

  • McKinsey & Co

  • PwC

investment firms

  • Bain Capital

  • JMI Equity

  • Eaton Vance

  • Loomis, Sayles & Co

  • HarbourVest Partners

  • John Hancock Investments



SFA exemplifies startup mentality; it’s really hands-on. You get a lot of exposure that you would not get at a typical internship. Already as an intern I have participated in due diligence on a company we considered acquiring.
— Senior, Northeastern University
My Internship at SFA was a unique learning experience...It provides the flexibility to make mistakes but, more importantly, to learn and grow from them. The internship encouraged me to take initiative in the workplace, one of many skills I will carry forward in my future career at PwC.
— Junior, Boston University
For interns, [SFA is] the best introduction to private equity and the search fund model. SFA gives us great responsibilities and broad exposure to the different stages of a deal. It is a place that encourages personal and professional growth that will have a lasting positive impact on my career.
— Senior, Northeastern University